Humanist Unschooling for Easter Weekend

20 03 2008

Here’s some power of story about parents living and learning in this REAL world net, daily.

Appropriate this holy-day weekend? Why not? We’d better start talking and keep talking, figure why our whole system of belief-driven secular policy is irrational (Jeremiah Wright is just the latest example, not the worst — Terri Schiavo might’ve been the worst) and then start DOING something about it, or else the inescapable rational conclusion will be that we  as a people are in fact, downright irrational even about what matters most.

I contributed to this conversation last year with “Teaching What’s Very Important About the Easter Holiday” followed up with this.

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21 03 2008
Laura

Do something for me for Easter – or just because I asked. Go watch the videos of Jeremiah Wright’s whole sermons:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/3/20/224958/631/841/481227

21 03 2008
JJ

Hi Laura, thanks for the video links and so glad to find your Kos diary; I’m adding it to the Snook blogroll now.

In your reader comments, I found a phrase that fits my whole world view, on this issue as well as everything else, from the current CA hsing hysteria that WND ginned up and incoherent religious-secular holiday ritual such as Charlie Crist ginned up, to anti-abortion protest at a kids’ animated movie premiere, creationism in public school science claiming to be academic freedom — not to mention posing as transparent government in the sunshine! — and all education-religion mixed messages generally:

“All I can hope for at this point is that more people try to educate themselves about this . . .Put things into perspective and remember how the media generate revenue.”

21 03 2008
JJ

More on the effects of WND-style demonizing, plus full-color fast cuts and omissions purposely put together as propaganda, and then the endless repetition to gradually wear down, wear out and drown out counter-INTELLIGENCE — here’s a new report about Ben Stein’s anti-evolution movie:

Myers wrote that he caught up with Dawkins and friends after the film, “which I hear is not only boring and poorly made, but is ludicrous in its dishonesty. Apparently, a standard tactic is to do lots of fast cuts between biologists like me or Dawkins or Eugenie Scott and shots of Nazi atrocities. It’s all very ham-handed. The audience apparently ate it up, though. . .

21 03 2008
JJ

Laura, in the damn america sermon, Rev. Wright also says, “The election was stolen.” — let’s hope he doesn’t turn out to be prophetic. . .

21 03 2008
JJ

Governments change, governments fail. God does not change or fail. Government is not our god!

Gee, you’d think Christians white and black, even conservative, would be all over this sermon with praise instead of propaganda?

21 03 2008
Nance Confer

You’d think they’d point to it as an example of what America should be dealing with. That this much anger still exists. That racism still exists. That, as good Christians and good Americans, we can’t just wave the flag and make all that disappear. That we are supposed to be better than that — really, not just on the Fourth of July and MLK Day.

Nance

21 03 2008
JJ

If my cultural and family heritage were black and the majority community blindsided me and the folks I loved (my “people”) with something from our religious culture all twisted up into an ugly political weapon just to make sure some white candidate or other wins instead (anybody, just as long as it’s a white man or woman who prays the way we understand and approve of!) — then I think I would quite naturally receive that as (character) assassination against the black candidate, the black minister, and the black community. And me as an American who fully counts.

21 03 2008
JJ Ross

I personally find the “submission to the patriarch” doctrine MUCH more offensive and it’s everywhere in southern conservative Christianity. Talk about the docile demin-jumpered helpmeet calling the powerful preacher scary and BLACK . . .

21 03 2008
JJ

Something else worth pondering in Laura’s diary:

So, next time you’re disgusted, or infuriated, or saddened by what you see happening, remember that you have a choice. You can waste your energy and good will hurling the detritus around, or you can lift up your piece and help us move on to a better place.

Make a donation.
Make some phone calls.
Help organize.
Get out the vote.
Redirect conversations back to pressing issues.
Make a constructive comment.
Volunteer in your community.
Help someone in need.
Find common ground with someone you oppose.
Practice disagreeing without being disagreeable.
Educate yourself about all sides of an issue you’re interested in.
Make love.
Make peace.
Make us all proud.
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UPDATE from JJ – here’s another version of “doing something” from Richard Dawkins, an interactive forum to build reason and refute the irrational, a place to sort out mixed-up scientific, political and religious power of story.

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