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Hate has no place in the house of God.

by: teacherken

Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 14:11:51 PM EDT

That is the first line of a remarkable op ed in Friday's Washington Post.  The author is the former Anglican Archbishop of South Africa, Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu, and in In Africa, a step backward on human rights he excoriates mistreatment of gays in Kenya, an he takes apart proposed legislation in countries like Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi that are horrid in their approach towards gays.  As the Archbishop puts it,
These are terrible backward steps for human rights in Africa.

for human rights - not gay rights, but human rights.

He is correct, which is why everyone should know what this man of God has to offer on this subject.  I also think his words are far broader than the immediate issue which is their occasion.

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Religion, rigidity, and women - thoughts after reading Kristof

by: teacherken

Sun Jan 10, 2010 at 08:56:52 AM EST

cross-posted from Daily Kos

Religions derive their power and popularity in part from the ethical compass they offer. So why do so many faiths help perpetuate something that most of us regard as profoundly unethical: the oppression of women?
  So begin Nicholas Kristof today, in an op ed titled Religion and Women.  He is writing in part in response to an endeavor of The Elders, which describes itself as
an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.
 Kristof quotes what several  - Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, and Mary Robinson - of the Elders have to say about religion.   While I will explore the column a bit, my focus will be somewhat different, thus you may want to read Kristof before continuing.
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Adam and Eve - and Bob

by: kindler

Sat Oct 03, 2009 at 21:47:53 PM EDT

( - promoted by teacherken)

Does Bob McDonnell consider the story of Adam and Eve a historical event that actually happened?   Based on the evidence I've seen, the answer is clearly yes.  And if so, what does this say not only about his beliefs on "family issues" like women's rights and gay rights, but about the basis for how he views reality and will run Virginia if elected governor?  Will he govern based on rationality and empirical, scientifically based fact - or myth?

And no, I'm not talking just about his Master's thesis here.  I'm talking about his statements as recently as August.  The following exchange is from TPM, after McDonnell's post-thesis-explosion damage control conference call with reporters August 31st:

I asked McDonnell about sections from the thesis in which he said civil government does not have the authority to redefine family relationships that originated before civil government itself, in the Garden of Eden, and also that government is constrained by the limited powers given to it by God. Does he believe that civil laws contradicting the Bible are not legitimate?

'No,' he said. 'Again, this was a 20-year-old paper that informed a lot (sic) by the readings that I had done at the time. I do believe -- again, based on my Catholic teaching, that the institution of the family goes back to the dawn of time. I think most people within the Christian faith, that's sort of an accepted understanding from the Garden of Eden. So I do believe that as my personal belief. But I have demonstrated from my 18 years in political office, that there is a distinction between one's personal views and what's permissible in the law.'

As far as I can tell, McDonnell is reaffirming here that he personally believes that the institution of the family was formed, literally, in the Garden of Eden.  

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Liberty University REBUKES campus Democratic Club

by: chspkheel

Fri May 22, 2009 at 09:05:58 AM EDT

You have to check this out.  You have to read it to believe it.  Liberty University has stooped to another level of political intolerance.

Barry Butler
Off K Street

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Power Secrets of Insider Political Control

by: Teddy Goodson

Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 00:42:35 AM EDT

Watching the clip of Ken Lewis,  head of the Bank of America, testifying before Congress the other day provided a spooky brush with deja vu.  The CEO, responding to a question from Congressman Ken Ellison, replied that it was the right thing to do (to fire employees) when it "benefitted" his company. Smirk. Glance to the side over his shoulder. There it was again, a bit suppressed but recognizable to an inveterate people-watcher: that little half-smile that says it all: I know something very important that you don't know and will never know, you are a loser, I am elite, you owe me. It belonged to the category of that rather ingratiating frat-boy-grin which Bush flashed frequently, "aren't I just the cutest bad boy ever? If I mess up I'll just move up, you can't touch me, and we inner circle guys do as we damned well please. Get used to it." The tiny, fleeting smile is the ultimate, untouchable put-down that instinctively drove so-called liberals wild  (they called Bush the "smirking chimp") but it seemed to charm little old club-lady Republicans and the religious right no end.
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