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Memorial, Marriage, And Memory

Memorial, Marriage, And Memory

"Life" Issues, 14th Amendment, 5th Amendment, activism, anger, aros, Art, awareness, bible, bigotry, Challenge, Change, Christianity/Catholicism, citizenship, civics, community, Compassion, conflict, conservatism, constitution, courage, Creativity, critical judgment, culture, Discernment, empathy, Equality, Ethics, faithfulness, Freedom, GLBT, history, Hope, injustice, justice, Marriage Equality, praying with art, progressive politics, Religion, Secularity, sexual orientation, Sexuality, social justice, Tolerance, Uncategorized, Women
Every several years or so, perhaps every decade or so, a work of art captures my emotions and imagination, and sticks in my memory, even though it may be several years between viewings – assuming I ever see the original of the work at all.  One such is Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party; another is Rembrandt’s Slaughtered Ox; another, Picasso’s Guernica; still another, Edouard Manet’s The Old Musician. I have never seen the originals of the Rembrandt and the Picasso. I know them only from reproductions. But they haunt me. I recently discovered another such image while visiting the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC:  Patricia Cronin’s Memorial to a Marriage (hereafter Memorial ). Memorial is a bronze sculpture, cast from a marble original, depicting two women lovers,
Interpeting Our Way To Tyranny

Interpeting Our Way To Tyranny

14th Amendment, Abortion, Abrahamic Traditions, activism, autonomy, awareness, Change, citizenship, civics, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, epistemology, Equality, First Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Freedom, Fundamentalism, GLBT, Ideology, injustice, Islam, justice, law, Marriage Equality, Minorities, Presidency, progressive politics, Quran, Rationality, Reformation, Resistance, Science, Secularity, sexual orientation, Sexuality, social justice, Supreme Court, theocracy, Tolerance, Trump, Uncategorized
I have a lot of friends who are immigrants, many of whom are Muslim, and an at-least-equal number of friends who are native-born Americans (several of whom are also Muslim).  Among many in both groups are people who express confidence in the US Constitution to serve as a bulwark against any abuse or deprivation of civil rights and constitutional liberties on the part of the new Administration.  Without exception, they have an almost religious reverence for the Constitution as the secular equivalent of Martin Luther’s “mighty fortress”.  As someone who also reveres the Constitution – a secular faith I came to rather late in life -- and who shares that almost-religious regard for the Document, I have no wish to disabuse them of this attitude. But I want their reverence to be a historical
Bootstrapping Ethics … The “Anthropic” Paradigm

Bootstrapping Ethics … The “Anthropic” Paradigm

"Life" Issues, anthropic principle, Atheism, epistemology, Ethics, God, Ideology, Marriage Equality, monotheism, Religion, secularism, separation of Church and State, Spirituality, Theology
Herewith this week’s six-pack of heresies: To found ethics on the categories of “good” and “evil” is to guarantee confusion from the get-go The first point is all the more true, given that religion – specifically monotheism – is usually the context used to define “good” and “evil” There is nothing at all necessary about the first two points, i.e., there are other bases for ethics than monotheistic religion: we have alternatives Human reason is entirely adequate for stating those alternatives: we do not need supernatural revelation … which tends to only obfuscate, not clarify, anyway, as the bloody pre-Enlightenment religious history of Europe amply illustrates The basis of any alternative starting point for ethical reflection should be – in fact, must be – the welfare of the human co