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Discrimination That Is Necessary For A Civil Society: A Response To David Gushee
« Reply #296 on: September 08, 2016, 07:05:47 AM »

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Discrimination That Is Necessary For A Civil Society: A Response To David Gushee

Is it possible to embrace appropriate distinctions between social equality and uniformity of beliefs?



Recently, in a Religion News Service column entitled, “On LGBT Equality, Middle Ground is Disappearing,” professor David Gushee fired a warning shot over the bow of tens of millions of religious Americans who refuse to adjust their beliefs and get in line with the new social orthodoxy on LGBT affirmation.


Conservative commentator Rod Dreher (“We Have Been Warned,” at The American Conservative) tagged Dr. Gushee’s column as “extraordinarily important” since it states so clearly the nature of that orthodoxy and the length to which some are willing to go to enforce it.


Others responded with alarm to the seeming Orwellian “thought police” tone of Gushee’s piece, to which he rejoined in a follow-up post that he merely was being descriptive, not prescriptive, a spectator rather than a “Crusader” intent on crushing the opposition.


A vital element is missing from this conversation on discrimination and especially from Dr. Gushee’s framing of the situation. The term itself connotes two primary meanings, both of which are significant for the discussion. According to The Concise Oxford Dictionary, the term “discriminate” means to:


1. “recognize a distinction” (perceive or constitute the difference in or between) or


2. “make an unjust distinction in the treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, sex, or age.”


Dr. Gushee uses the word discrimination with the second of these two meanings, focusing “on the question of whether LGBT persons should be treated as full equals, without any discrimination in society.”


So far so good. This form of discrimination does not fit civil society. ...

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« Reply #297 on: September 08, 2016, 08:45:59 AM »
Haven't read the whole article, but maybe this is another case of words changing meaning and becoming 'bad' words.

As the article says discriminating on one level just means seeing a distinction between things, nothing wrong with that per se. So to be discerning is a similar thing I think? So how long (or has it already happened?) before we are taught not to be discerning?

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Phyllis Schlafly Defended Women Like Me
« Reply #298 on: September 09, 2016, 07:14:11 AM »
Phyllis Schlafly Defended Women Like Me

Even with her flaws, the “first lady of the conservative movement” understood a fundamental human desire.


Phyllis Schlafly, who labeled herself a housewife, called 1964 one of the most productive years of her life: “I was running the Illinois Federation of Republican Women; I wrote A Choice, Not an Echo; I self-published it; I went to the Republican convention; wrote a second book, The Gravediggers—now we’re in September—I was giving speeches for Barry Goldwater, and in November I had a baby.”


When Steve Inskeep, host of NPR’s Morning Edition, announced the news of Schlafly’s death, I assumed he would interview an academic happy to expose (with feminist animus) the hypocrisy of a woman who benefited from women’s rights and also opposed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Instead, Inskeep talked with Penny Young Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America. Nance described the legacy Schlafly has left for conservative women and, in her closing elegiac remarks, called Schlafly “kind and strong.”


Somewhat ruefully, I admire the woman who championed the role of homemakers. In the current culture, however, it’s a lot easier to be embarrassed by her. Her grassroots activism prevented adoption of the ERA, which passed both houses of Congress and was approved by 35 states—just three short of the 38 needed for ratification. In a 1975 debate at Indiana University, Betty Friedan, author of The Feminist Mystique, declared that Schlafly deserved to burn at the stake for her opposition to ERA. In her 1987 book, Just a Housewife, feminist scholar Glenna Matthews practically dedicated her work to opposing Schlafly. (“Feminists need to take a serious, sustained, and sympathetic interest in the home,” Matthews writes, “because it is too valuable an ...

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Sully
« Reply #299 on: September 10, 2016, 07:29:39 AM »
Sully

A terrific, haunting recasting of the true nature of heroism.


On Thursday, January 15, 2009, Twitter wasn't the virtual water cooler it is now, so when New Yorkers heard that a plane had landed in the icy Hudson River, we had to go to actual news sites to calm our nerves. When it became clear that there was no foul play on US Airways Flight 1549, the pilot, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, became an American hero overnight, fêted in the national press and the streets. Of the 155 people on board, he didn't lose one. “Miracle on the Hudson,” indeed.


But no story of an American hero is as simple as it seems on the evening news. In the moving and remarkably restrained Sully, director Clint Eastwood digs into the reality behind the hagiography and presents a challenge to our collective tendency to make hero and celebrity interchangeable terms—all without discrediting Sully himself. This isn't the “untold story,” the way we usually think about it: it's just a straightforward examination of what heroism really is.


Not that Sully (played here by the only movie star I can imagine in the role, America's genial uncle Tom Hanks, with his hair dyed white) didn't deserve the accolades. As the film makes clear, his decades of flying planes—military planes and, eventually, commercial jets—was the key factor in his safe, almost unimaginable landing. All the safety training and computerized flight simulators in the world can't compare to actual cockpit experience. And the movie's aim is to show you why that's true.


It also makes for a tremendous, taut viewing experience. In some ways this is the ideal “dad movie,” and I mean that in the best way: a story about a guy who leaned on his years of ...

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Cameraperson
« Reply #300 on: September 11, 2016, 07:20:46 AM »
Cameraperson

A stunning window into a life.


You might not get to see this film any time soon, but put it on your radar. Kirsten Johnson has been cinematographer for some of the world's most influential and celebrated documentaries: the Oscar-winning Citizenfour, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, The Invisible War, and many more.


But what she's crafted in Cameraperson is something I've never seen: a visual memoir plucked from the cutting room floor. Johnson puts together footage that didn't make the film from her archive, preceded only by location and date, and thus creates a sort of memoir without narration, a story of her life in images juxtaposed against one another. Sometimes similar images are placed against one another—a sequence where she follows people walking, all over the world, plays like a realization of the director's own interests.


From Jacques Derrida in cityscapes to villages in Afghanistan, Cameraperson is less a greatest hits and more a dip into memory; it preserves what makes film not-writing—the visual element—while also drawing on what's important about memoir: that it's less about “what happened” and more about our memories. The juxtapositions of time and location create meaning in ways that are often startling, even riveting.


You're getting a look at Johnson's life, but much more, you're left contemplating how the things you experience every day—the things you see and feel and say—reflect upon both past and future. Cameraperson is a marvelous film, and I plan to watch it again and again.

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Why Conservation Is a Gospel Issue
« Reply #301 on: September 12, 2016, 07:00:39 AM »
Why Conservation Is a Gospel Issue

Christians who care about conservation are still too rare a species. A report from the World Conservation Congress.


The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources convenes its World Conservation Congress every four years. So this year’s gathering in Honolulu, Hawaii, which continues through Saturday, September 10, is held in the shadow of the World Wildlife Fund’s 2014 report claiming that in just 40 years, over half of the world’s wildlife has been lost.


Until recently, the conservation movement has been overwhelmingly secular. But the sense here is that this is a moral and even a spiritual crisis. As Gus Speth, who helped found the Natural Resources Defense Council and was dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, told a British radio presenter in 2013:


I used to think that top global environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse, and climate change. I thought that with 30 years of good science we could address these proble ms, but I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed, and apathy, and to deal with these we need a spiritual and cultural transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.

Reflecting this shift in emphasis, a “Spirituality Journey” is included in this year’s conference program for the first time. The conference’s location in the Pacific region, where spiritual life is less segregated from public life than in Europe, may also make a difference. At the opening ceremony, in language that differed markedly from previous Congresses, “Our heavenly Father” was thanked for his “creation.”


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Here's Why 800 Christians Left Their Old Churches, and How They Chose New Ones
« Reply #302 on: September 14, 2016, 07:02:12 AM »
Here's Why 800 Christians Left Their Old Churches, and How They Chose New Ones

Pew examines church shopping among evangelicals (and other groups) in 2016.


The American pastime of church shopping finally has some solid stats: how many Christians do it (and how often), why they left their last church, and why they picked their current one.


The Pew Research Center's new study, which categorizes respondents according to their denomination, also looked at who is attending church more often and whether their reasons are more theological or practical.


Overall, more than two out of five churchgoing evangelicals say they are attending worship services more often than they used to.


Of the 75 percent of evangelicals who attend church at least once a month, 44 percent said they’re going more often than they did before. About a third said they’ve always attended regularly (31%).


Evangelicals are a little more likely to attend regularly than historically black Protestants, two-thirds of whom identify as evangelical. About two-thirds of historically black Protestants attend church at least monthly (68%); of those, half have always attended regularly (34% overall) and half are going more often now (33% overall).



The biggest reason evangelicals are attending more often is a change in their beliefs (54%), Pew told CT. Those who have increased their attendance reported that it’s because they’re becoming more religious (29%), realizing they need God or church in their lives (13%), or becoming older or more mature (12%).


About a quarter of evangelicals said they attend more now for practical reasons—because they have the time in their schedule (11%) or found a congregation they like (6%). Still others began attending more often for social reasons, like starting a family or wanting the fellowship of a church family.


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Are You And Your Church Acting Like Sheep? An Invitation To Correctional Ministry
« Reply #303 on: September 15, 2016, 07:09:00 AM »
Are You And Your Church Acting Like Sheep? An Invitation To Correctional Ministry

Our biblical mandate requires us to care for the marginalized, including those impacted by crime.


I cannot be more thrilled that the September issue of Christianity Today is dedicated to correctional ministry. You can read the main article here. Correctional ministry is often omitted or marginalized; however, it is a ministry which impacts everyone touched by crime—offenders, victims, families—through the transforming message of the gospel and holistic care which is grounded in love.


In my first 39 years of life, I really didn’t think about prisoners or criminal justice issues. My only prison experience was seeing prisons from my car while traveling on family vacations growing up.


But that all changed when a friend asked me to go with her and teach in a faith-based program at a men’s maximum security division at Cook County Jail in Chicago. That one visit changed my thinking, career, and life. God hooked my heart and gave me a growing passion for the incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and their families.


At the time, my husband (an assistant pastor) and I attended a church where a congregant was sent to a federal prison for a few months. The pastoral staff and members of the congregation came alongside him and his family throughout his incarceration and release. The church was also supportive of me starting a reentry program for adult males and welcoming them into the church family, even when there was strong opposition from the community.


As the years have gone by, this primarily white, middle-class congregation of 500 has experienced juvenile and adult congregants who have been found guilty of crimes such as drugs, child pornography, and murder. The church as had to decide how to balance welcoming a sex offender while putting protections in place for its children.


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