As a political activist and blogger one of the most painful lessons I’m slowly learning is how pointless it is to argue with fools. Arguing facts with people who need to believe in highly revised and edited versions of the truth is a waste of your time and emotions. Take it from me, getting all worked up because of stupid arguments posed by others will only give you high blood pressure and contribute to your less than flattering rep as a hot-head.
I’m trying to learn from Jon Stewart who brilliantly shows us almost every night that humor and satire can not only effectively communicate your message, but is always so more fun and entertaining.
Kudos to the two college students in this video who chose a totally appropriate, hysterical way to silence a holy roller intent on bringing her conservative Christian message into the sinful world of college students.
I’m sure that if I were a Catholic I would pleased with the news that Gordon Gee is stepping down as President of Ohio State University. But I’m not a Catholic. In fact, I can’t think of faith community in the world today that I am more leery of than the Roman Catholic Church. For that matter, I can’t think of religion in this world at the moment that I profoundly believe is unintentionally doing more harm than good.
I’m sorry Gordon Gee has to step down because he was a highly successful, effectual leader of this country’s largest public university.
And I’m really sorry that he has to step down because he made inappropriate comments about such arrogant, destructive, deleterious religious cult that is run by clerics who are more inclined to:
Hide pedophile priests than protect the jobs of highly successful teachers in their schools because of who those teachers choose to love in their private lives. (Remind me again, Jesus was opposed to love? Oh yea, now I remember, Jesus left it to a bunch of misogynist men drunk with power to declare his ‘true’ message to the world according to their interests.)
Direct their vast financial and political power to highly destructive, divisive political campaigns against the reproductive rights of women and the civil liberties of LGBT people.
Insist that books that were written by HUMAN BEINGS 2,000 years ago cannot be subject to the kind of honest intellectual study that might promote more relevant interpretations of ideas and values that might stand the test of time if the Catholic clergy weren’t so afraid of change and possibly having to share power with women, learned lay-people and Catholics who won’t be loyal members of an old-boys networks that protects its own regardless of their sins.
Many in the church’s hierarchy seem more inclined to viciously criticize and condemn elected world leaders who are more committed to serving the collective interests of all citizens rather than legislate Catholic religious doctrine that coincidently, most Catholics don’t follow any longer.
No Dr. Gee, it’s not polite to point out that someone needs a bath or that their cooking is awful, their taste in clothing horrendous, or, that their not quite as holy and noble they would like to believe.
I’m a firm believer in the idea that ‘tribal-loyalties’ include both blessings and curses to the human spirit. Each of us belong to a number of tribes: e.g. race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationalism, etc. There’s nothing wrong with taking pride in one more of the tribal identities we subscribe to. Our tribal loyalties become problematic when we allow our tribal affiliations to prejudge other individuals and groups who do not share membership in one or more of the groups we belong to. Tribal chauvinism, the belief that my country, my race or my religion is somehow better than yours, has created more wars, more hate and human suffering than any other historical antecedent.
Those people who proudly recognize that among the many tribes they may claim membership is the tribe of humanity are inevitably more tolerant and accepting of the remarkable diversity found among the human inhabitants of this world.
When I first saw this Cheerios commercial which includes an interracial family, I jumped out of my chair and yelled: “YES! AWESOME!!!” It’s not surprising but still sad to note that the folks at General Mills had to disable the comments section on YouTube where this video could be seen because of hundreds of racist comments posted by people who were offended by the idea of an interracial family.
Nope. Some people still don’t get it. Ideas about racial purity and superiority did not die with defeat of Nazi Germany, the defeat of the American Confederacy, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, or the inauguration of the first American President of color.
“The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.” (Senator Ted Kennedy)