Dave Zirin draws strength by remembering another Boston Marathon event.

April 17, 2013

“The Boston Marathon: All My Tears, All My Love”
In his blog post for The Nation just a few hours after Monday’s tragic events, Dave Zirin wrote, “The Boston Marathon matters in a way other sporting events simply do not.” He was writing from his heart, a heavy heart, as he spoke about the spirit of the Boston Marathon and its deep meaning to so many people in so many ways and how it had now been “brutally disfigured.” He mourned the dead and injured. But at the same time he spoke of resilience and hope as he wrote: “Like a scar across someone’s face, the bombing will now be a part of the Boston Marathon, but also like a scar, we have to remember it’s only a part. If this bombing will always be a part of the Boston Marathon, then so is Kathrine Switzer. I want to tell the story of Kathrine Switzer because it’s about remembering the Boston Marathon as something more than the scene of a national tragedy.” We’ve talked before about Kathrine Switzer here on our EEWC-CFT website. Switzer is the courageous first woman to run the Boston Marathon at a time when women were prohibited from participating. Zirin’s essay shows how thinking about her again at this time can lift our spirits. He reminds us of her statement: “If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.”

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


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