Backing off of the North East wind

We are who God says we are.”

“My southern ears hear Franklin Graham’s words clearly. … I hear the dog whistle, Franklin. Put it away.”

It is a living argument from the living gospels, and rooted in the traditions and history within which Cone grew up in Fordyce, Ark., and if that makes people who didn’t grow up in Fordyce, Ark., under Jim Crow quiver a bit in their Christian complacence, well, that’s just the way it is.”

We are all children of God, and today I call upon our legislators and I call upon the people of this state who elected them to live up to that higher calling and call for the repeal of a law that brings only hate, fear and separation.”

Never let that seed be planted …”

There is no better way to mobilize the faithful than to tell them that their faith is under attack. And this approach raises questions too about the theological self-confidence of those who call the troops to battle.”

“But my problem was, in order to be in that life you have to be a mean, mean person.”

“What sort of person would you be if you’re covering the economic devastation of a growing part of the country and don’t have an opinion about it? I don’t want to be that kind of person.”

We worry about what people are doing in bed much more than making sure everybody has a bed to begin with. There certainly is a need for a life-giving sexual morality, but one could question whether Christian nations have found it yet.”

“So the storyline of Americans’ sentiments towards regulations is the same as the storyline of Americans’ sentiments towards government programs: They hate them all, they love them each.”

From our industry’s perspective, the footprints of climate change are around us and the trend of increasing damage to property and threat to lives is clear.”

What they want is a patchwork system where your ability to access health care is at the whim of your employer, who can insert himself into the relationship between you and your doctor and arbitrarily deny you any procedure he doesn’t think people should be allowed to have.”

“I cause nausea, cramps, and occasionally-fatal cases of dysentery. But you sir, have gone too far.”

“Reading the Bible can indeed lead to people losing their faith, if their faith was placed in the Bible, which they believed to be inerrant. But that is only a natural (or perhaps nearly inevitable) outcome if one has accepted the aforementioned view of the Bible, and placed one’s faith in the Bible, allowing it to become the foundation for one’s faith, despite the Bible’s own insistence that one’s foundation should be elsewhere.”

“It was the people that rallied together to rebuild this church. It will be the people who will rebuild the church that is on fire.”

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  • Anonymous

    My condolences Sgt. Pepper’s.

  •  There are things I would say are wrong even if they don’t intefere with someone else directly.

    Objectification for one. Person A may go about their life blissfully unaware that Person B thinks of them that way – especially if it’s merely mental. But considering people as objects for out gratification is always wrong even if we don’t act on it because it disrespects them as persons.

    When it comes to sex this is especially important as sexual objectification lies at the heart of the rape culture. (Conversely it is also a problem with some of the responses to rape culture that would define asexuals as unable to consent like we don’t know our own minds – taking away another person’s agency in a relationship is also objectfying even when it’s ‘for their own good’.)

    I think – and this is my own opinion I can’t prove it – that when Jesus said that if you look at a woman lustfully you have already commited adultery with her he was talking about imagining what you’d like to do to her not just thinking “wow! hot!” because that’s normal for sexuals* as I understand it. Lust to me is a sin, but it’s not sexual attraction it’s sexual objectification.

    * Sexual when used in asexual spaces merely means people who experience sexual attraction in some form – as in not asexual.  It has no negative connatations. It can mean other things outside of those spaces so I thought I’d better clarify.

  • Tonio

     Becka, what you describe fits the concept I’m articulating about morality. I would put objectification in the same category as bigotry, as in they’re wrong in the sense of “would I object if I were treating someone else this way.” I suppose they could also be wrong because they could motivate the person into harming others. But I don’t want to go down that road, because that’s the concept of corruption, the old idea that pornography turns men into rapists.

    Part of my point is that the fundamentalist concept of sexual sin doesn’t make a distinction between pornography or objectification and things that truly don’t harm others, such as masturbation or homosexuality or contraception.

  • Anonymous

    Part of my point is that the fundamentalist concept of sexual sin
    doesn’t make a distinction between pornography or objectification and
    things that truly don’t harm others, such as masturbation or
    homosexuality or contraception.

    My conservative Catholic brother believes all three of the latter are forms of self-harm.

    I believe pornography has absolutely nothing wrong with it provided all participants are fully consenting and enjoying themselves. Ditto sex work.

  • cyllan

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Sgt. Pepper.  My thoughts are with you, and I hope that you may find comfort.

  • Nenya

    Sgt Pepper, I’m so sorry about your brother. Sending supportive thoughts your way. 

  • The Lodger

    Sgt. Pepper, I’m a bit late to the game here but am sorry for your loss.

  • Hawker40

    Sgt. Pepper, my thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Tricksterson

    What is the title in reference to?

  • Lori

    It’s another line from the same song Fred has been riffing on off and on for a while now—-“Everybody’s Talkin’ At Me”, Harry Nilsson’s song from Midnight Cowboy.

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    Thanks everyone for your kind words, thoughts and prayers.

  • Tricksterson

    Thank you.