critical judgment

Remembering Marcia

Remembering Marcia

"Life" Issues, autonomy, Challenge, conflict, critical judgment, culture, emancipation, Ethics, hate, justice, Minorities, race, reconciliation, Religion, slavery, Spirituality, to speak
I was a sickly little kid through much of my time at Park Elementary School in Wichita, KS – especially the first grade -- so much so that my parents and I had to live within a couple of blocks, at most, of the school so it would be easy for my parents to walk me to class. (Dad worked and mom never learned to drive.) In fact, on a couple of occasions, including the time covered in this story, we literally lived next door to the school. I was not deathly ill with some life-threatening disease. It’s just that, for reasons too complicated to tell, my immune system was so weak that, if there were a single virus particle anywhere inside, say, the orbit of Neptune, I was sure to catch it. Like any kid, I wanted to play outside, but most of the time, I just didn’t have the energy. My mother consu
Pit-Bulls, Wives, and "The Hunger Games"

Pit-Bulls, Wives, and "The Hunger Games"

"Life" Issues, Christianity, conflict, conservatism, critical judgment, Ethics, forgiveness, humor, paradox, Pro sports, Religion, Spirituality, Spousal / domestic abuse, violence, Women
Years ago, Tammy Wynette admonished women to "stand by your man." But judging by Ray Rice's assault on his (at the time) fiance Janay Palmer, it would seem that Janay was unable to stand at all. In fact, the last time I saw them together on that by-now-iconic video, she was not standing, but lying face-down and being dragged, rag-doll limp and unconscious, across the elevator-door threshold by her now-husband Ray Rice, rather like a human-shaped football being carried triumphantly across the goal line after a heroic third-and-long play. The Baltimore Ravens organization even cheered in a Tweet regarding Mrs. Rice’s alleged “role” in the assault:  Janay Rice says she deeply regrets the role that she played the night of the incident. It is unclear precisely what that “role” was, beyond perha
On Not Minding One's Business

On Not Minding One's Business

Christianity, Church, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Enlightenment, Ideology, Islam, Judaism, monotheism, Politics, Quran, Reformation, Religion, Religious War, secularism, separation of Church and State, Spirituality, war, world
  I try to make it a practice to stay out of arguments to which I am outsider. I figure, as my long-ago maternal grandfather in Arkansas used to say, “I ain’t got no dawg in ‘at ‘ere fight”. So if our neighbors are having an argument among themselves, even if the argument is clearly audible from our deck in our own back yard, I tune it out. But if and when – this has never happened – if and when our neighbors were to stop shouting at each other and began to allow their Glock-9s and H&K MP-5s to do their talking for them, I would not hesitate to make it my business. Or rather, the moment the first ammunition round crossed the line between our properties, the neighbors themselves would have made it my business. Such is the situation in the Islamic world today. The most glaring diff