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Rotten Fish and the First Amendment

Rotten Fish and the First Amendment

Challenge, citizenship, community, conflict, Consitution, courage, critical judgment, culture, Education, Ethics, First Amendment, Freedom, hate, Ideology, law, Politics, solidarity, Spirituality, Tolerance
My reaction was pretty typical to the recent scandal about the racist slogans chanted by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity at Oklahoma University (OU) at Norman and the companion video of the SAE house-mother repeating a racist slur: kick them out of OU, fire the house-mother, and dissolve the fraternity immediately. At that point, I was -- I freely admit -- feeling with my glands instead of reasoning with my brain. So I began to use the latter to think the issue through more dispassionately from a constitutional and First Amendment standpoint.  In the end, my glands were vindicated ... sort of:  my original reaction was right, just for the wrong reasons. Regarding the recitation of the racist chant on the bus, there are two broad possibilities, each with somewhat diff...
It is Good?—Prayerful Tuesday

It is Good?—Prayerful Tuesday

activism, Art, awareness, Blessings, Change, community, conflict, contemplation, Creation, culture, death, doubt, faithfulness, Fear, forgiveness, Friendship, Genesis, Grace, Gratitude, Grief, Guns, hate, Hebrew Scripture, Holy Mystery, inner peace, Intecessory Prayer, justice, Kingdom of God, Lament, listen, Love, meditation, mercy, mindfulness, Mystery, news, overwhelmed, peace, peace and justice, prayer, Prayers of Petition, praying with art, remembrance, Scripture, solidarity, Speak out, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Surrender, to speak, Uncategorized, violence, Visio Divina, Wholeness, world
“And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:10b In the last weeks God’s creation has seemed anything but good.  Terrorist attacks, ambushing of police, and police shootings of unarmed young men continue to rent the very fabric of our society.  Yet God did not create an evil world, in fact God proclaims this world a good world where everyone, and I mean everyone, has what they need to live and be the person they are meant to be.  It is our choice’s, not God’s, that have created a world that is unsafe. Spending time in silent contemplation with a focus on what we could have been, and still could be, seemed the only way for me to center myself and see the world as good.  So today I offer as our prayer of the week another Visio Divina using the above painting of the Garden of Eden by Jan Brueg...
The Twilight of Citizenship?

The Twilight of Citizenship?

activism, awareness, Challenge, community, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, emancipation, First Amendment, Freedom, hate, inclusive, justice, law, Minorities, Politics, race, racism, reconciliation, solidarity, Spirituality, Supreme Court, Tolerance, violence
I wanted to keep writing about Christmas and Advent and waiting and faith – and what all these things mean to me, a born-again skeptic. I really did. All those topics are well worth writing about. But I can’t. For my intentions have been overtaken by events – more specifically, by the events of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and the death of Eric Garner, in New York City. As a skeptic, I am more predisposed to concentrate on events and trends in the City of Man, not those of the City of God, though without prejudice to the latter. For recent events do not augur well for life in the former. For all I know, Christians may be right in agreeing with the writer of Philippians 3:20: our real citizenship is in heaven. Yeah. Maybe. But we are stuck here for now, and – for now – it is...