"When I arrived in Jackson, I followed some cars down a small road across the street from the prison and ended up in the parking lot of the Towaliga County Line Baptist Church. As I got out of my car, I felt like I was going to be intruding. I asked two heavy-set black women standing at the door if I could come in, one of them smiled and took my hand, honey this is the church, she said, you always welcome here.Read the full article
... "At times it felt absolutely dismal, but then at other times I realized that we were Americans assembling peacefully to protest something that the government is doing that we think is unjust. Most of the people around me were legally considered less than human years ago and yet here they are, peacefully and still actively disagreeing with the state while the whole world was watching. Here I was, a non-believing white man, whose parents [threw] away drinking glasses that black visitors to our house drank out of, holding hands and praying with black people. There is hope all around us. America always moves forward and progresses. Sometimes it's painful and it feels like we'll never shake the dull grey sheet of this world from atop of us and see the light and love that is humanity, but I was surrounded by progress and hope.
... "Here I was, a borderline atheist, praying with someone who had strayed from her faith and a Muslim. The cliche goes that there are no atheists in foxholes; well I'm here to tell you that there are no atheists, denominations or differences of religion when a human's life is on the line. I'm sure there's a story or a joke there, but I don't know what it is. I do know what happened next."
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