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Tune to KMUD – Redwood Community Radio, Inc. this Thursday evening at 7 pm to hear Bob Froehlich and Julia Minton discuss the nature of critical thinking and why it’s important to learn and practice the process. Listeners will be invited to call-in and share their thoughts about critical thinking and the processes they use to form their own beliefs.
Thursday Night Talk on KHSU this week. Two weeks in a row! I will be discussing the St. Joseph dispute over wages with Union Rep Charlie Ridgell and St. Joseph’s employee Kelly Shaner. We had approached St. Joseph to send participants, but they have declined. I will be reading a statement from them at the onset of the show. Time as usual is 7:00 p.m.
Enter heroine Bree Newsome. Here’s a link to her defense fund.
Second Addendum: NCJ coverage.
For those who don’t know the history of this ship and those who have sailed it, you really owe it to yourselves to learn and understand the historical significance of today’s event. In many ways, this ship was the vehicle for the birth of the modern peace movement.
You can learn some of the history through these links.
Also strongly recommended is chapter 4 of Maurice Isserman’s If I Had a Hammer.
Been so busy I lost track of the time this week. I’ll be on KMUD with Julia Minton and Bob Froehlich tonight. We’ll be following up on a previous discussion about argument. Last time we discussed logical fallacies and distractions from productive debate. Tonight we’re going to focus more on how to construct a productive argument in a positive debate. 7:00 as always.
I haven’t really gathered my thoughts, but Julia Minton posted this poem by Kathy, who passed away suddenly over the weekend. No member of a community can be replaced, but this loss will be felt by all.
The Lies I Used to Know
by Kathy Epling
I miss them, the safe stories.
You couldn’t fall
out of those happy endings
legs tucked under
The doors open to sunlight
& cornered gardens
brick paths, lilac & stinking privet
those transparent organdy kisses
I need a novel with no last pages.
Here was that truth
of rage, the burning sofa
the nights of smoke
My whiskeyed dad & Cinderella dancing
past dying. I was never sad.
A remarkable monologue from a remarkable woman.
I guess this marriage could be viewed as the world’s first heterosexual marriage casualty to “the attack on marriage,” even if it’s self-inflicted. The story does raise a legitimate question about whether the state should even be involved in marriage. I would say that there is a list of privileges associated with marriage which the state recognizes and maybe it should just be recognized as a contract which is defined by those privileges, and any couple is welcome to go off and call it what they want. And maybe those privileges shouldn’t be afforded at all – maybe, for instance, anyone who cares enough to come to a hospital to see a patient should be allowed to see the patient, and maybe just let anybody contract how they want to contract for life arrangements on their own.
Anyway, I understand what this couple believes, and I don’t see it as hatred. I see it simply as a desperate attempt to hold onto a world view which simply excludes love they can’t understand. Their theology doesn’t hold that the love is wrong. They don’t believe it’s real, or that it can be real, and therefor they don’t recognize the expressions as those of love, but rather what they would call “lust.” They cannot see it any other way and take the Bible as the literal word of God.
And ultimately what they are affirming here is that their relationship is defined by the state, as opposed to merely recognition by the state.
And so, maybe, the state shouldn’t even be in the business of recognizing it. If the state pulls out of marriage altogether, then nobody is stigmatized. Not the same sex oriented. Not Christians. Nobody. You define your arrangements and if you want a Church involved – your choice.
In the meantime – makes me think of the kids who protest by holding their breath until they turn blue.