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Bush's Empathy Shortage

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This AlterNet article discusses the very real problem of shrinking empathy in the middle class, and how religion is partially to blame. An excerpt:

Why do families with the shakiest grip on the American dream support the Bush equivalent of taking bread from the poor and giving it to the rich?

Let's consider our political moment through a story.

Suppose a chauffeur drives a sleek limousine through the streets of New York, a millionaire in the backseat. Through the window, the millionaire spots a homeless woman and her two children huddling in the cold, sharing a loaf of bread. He orders the chauffeur to stop the car. The chauffeur opens the passenger door for the millionaire, who walks over to the mother and snatches the loaf. He slips back into the car and they drive on, leaving behind an even poorer family and a baffled crowd of sidewalk witnesses. For his part, the chauffeur feels real qualms about what his master has done, because unlike his employer, he has recently known hard times himself. But he drives on nonetheless. Let's call this the Chauffeur's Dilemma.Read more... )

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Obfuscating Intolerance

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This NYT Op-ed talks about the recent inquiry in the USAF Academy religious case:

Obfuscating Intolerance

A Pentagon inquiry's finding of no overt religious discrimination at the Air Force Academy strains credibility, considering the academy superintendent has already acknowledged it will take years to undo the damage from evangelical zealots on campus. Indeed, amid its thicket of bureaucratese, the report by an Air Force investigative panel goes on for page after page describing cases of obvious and overt religious bias. But it tosses all of these off as "perceived bias," as if the blame lies with the victims and not the offenders, and throws up a fog of implausible excuses, like "a lack of awareness" of what is impermissible behavior by military officers.Read more... )

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Officer promoted religion during traffic stop

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This article describes an encounter by a Druid couple with an overzealous volunteer policeman:

Tony Gainey and D.J. Gainey said reserve officer Tony Stewart pulled them over because of the bumper stickers on their car. One of the stickers read, "It's a druid thing."Read more... )

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"Love In Action: Update: State investigates'ex-gay' facility

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From Southern Voice online:

Tennessee officials investigating ‘ex-gay’ facility
Teen’s blog leads to outcry, charges of child abuse

By EARTHA MELZER
Jun. 24, 2005

Tennessee officials are investigating allegations of child abuse at Love in Action, a Memphis facility that advertises homosexual conversion therapy for adolescents, according to the state Department of Health.

K. Daniele Edwards, a spokesperson for Child Services at the Tennessee Department of Health, confirmed an investigation is underway but declined to comment on the details. She noted that she presumes the Love in Action program would require licensing by the state.

Love in Action is not licensed by the Tennessee Departments of Health, Mental Health, Human Services, Child Services or Education, according to Rachel Lassiter of Gov. Phil Bredesen’s communications office.

Refuge, Love in Action’s program for adolescents, became the focus of public concern earlier this month after a Bartlett, Tenn., teen, Zach, blogged that his parents responded to his coming out as gay by sending him to a religious institution to be converted to straight.Read more... )

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About that poor nun....

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]ellid)

Update on the crucified nun story from Romania:

http://aolsvc.news.aol.com/news/article.adp?id=20050624151109990013

At least someone's taking an interest now....

Current Mood: disappointed
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