I have been telling my children to stop using their phones in the bathroom for some time. But like teenagers often do, they try to act as if they’ve forgotten what I’ve said. But now, with the tragic death of a Texas teen, 14-year-old Madison Coe, who was electrocuted over the weekend after her cellphone fell into the tub at her father’s New Mexico home, I am putting an end to all phones in the bathroom. It’s unclear whether Madison was plugging in her phone or grabbing it when it fell into the tub. Either way, this is one of those accidents and deaths that should never have occurred.

By the way, I have also eliminated radios and other such items from our bathrooms.

Linda B. Jones
Washington, D.C.

Not Even Trump Should Be Allowed to Tamper With Democracy

As members of the PICO National Network (an organization of U.S. faith advocates, partners and leaders), we recently held a press conference to sound the alarm about an intrusive request from President Donald Trump and his dubiously titled Voter Fraud Commission. The actions of this administration continue to grow erratic and immoral, and many of us in the faith community believe democracy is at risk. The right to vote, secured decades ago with the blood of Black folks and people of color, is being threatened by the Trump administration. In the Christian faith tradition, the prophet Isaiah warned us, saying, ‘Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people. What will you do on the day of reckoning?’ is latest stunt (attempting to bully, silence and coerce state governments into turning over voter data) is reminiscent of Julius Caesar’s empire. This sort of meddling in state a airs serves no legitimate interest. We urge all people of faith and lovers of justice to reject this strategy of voter suppression and stand on the right side of history.

PICO Nation Network (Bishop Dwayne Royster, the Rev. Michael McBride)
Washington, D.C.

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