Sunday, 11/9/14, Public Square

educate children


by | November 9, 2014 · 6:00 am

6 responses to “Sunday, 11/9/14, Public Square

  1. Each of us is the product of a fine public education that is threatened today. Oh not threatened if you chose your parents well, but for many children the way out is disappearing. Those children who may wake up this morning in a new place they were moved to overnight, the children who have no way to even know where the ‘neighborhood’ school is let alone how to actually ensure getting there. Those children who may have even less chance if the neighborhood school isn’t there and the magnet or private school — which they may qualify to receive a voucher to attend — is certainly out of reach. Their parents may not know how to navigate that ‘choice’ and the children certainly don’t. Of course, there are many other valid reasons we need to invest in public education and be sure it’s available for every child, but the republicans don’t care about ‘those children’ who they’ve deemed undeserving for no better reason than they didn’t choose their parents well.

    Then we get to higher education and the many more who are locked out from reasons starting with no one ever told them it was possible or hinted at how to navigate this system to a young person having to choose to work in order to eat and have shelter thus never discovering this window of opportunity. The reasons include those who already made some poor choice as young children (and without guidance that is possible for many) and have become part of the legal system that offers fewer and fewer ways to escape. For-profit prisons make long-term prisoners, and assurance of future profits, out of a youthful error. Yes, we put lots of money into supporting prisoners who may have been productive adults if education had been a priority.

    Borrowing from dear Prairiepond: “Jesus wept.”

  2. Ezra Klein explains how King v. Burwell could strip away health insurance for millions of people.

  3. Robert Reich asks a question —

    Hopefully, President Obama will soon issue an executive order on immigration enforcement. Republicans are livid but it’s necessary. Deporting all 11 million undocumented people living in America would not only be inhumane but also administratively impossible. Enforcement priorities must be established. When I ran Bill Clinton’s Labor Department and had to enforce laws concerning child labor, minimum wages and much more, we had to set priorities because there was no way to police 9 million workplaces for every possible violation. We enforced what we believed to be the most important, and disregarded the least important infractions. That’s exactly what Obama’s upcoming Executive Order will do. It’s called common sense.

    If Republicans want to fight it they can forget the Latino vote in the 2016 presidential election and they can abandon common sense. What do you think?

  4. Manipulation right out of the story, “THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN.” I’ll bet Indy recognizes these tactics and all of us should educate ourselves on what is being taught in evangelical churches. There isn’t a more powerful tool of manipulation than sex to achieve the “evangelical “ideal” of a lifelong marriage and a minivan full of kids!!”

    (from the link): Ironically, this is most potent for young women who grew up in an era of growing rights for women, DeRogatis said. “In the purity movement … young women are told that [the way] to be truly valued, and truly powerful, is not through the promises of feminism,” she said. It’s “through the Biblical worldview, where women are protected, and their bodies aren’t disrespected, and they’re really valued for who they are and what they can do.”

    There are echoes of this kind of counter-feminist backlash among young women who aren’t necessarily evangelical Christians, too. On the Tumblr page “Women Against Feminism,” women hold up signs explaining their reasons for rejecting the movement, often using the vocabulary of empowerment—intentionally or not: “I am done with feminism because I have equality and my own voice.” Or “I don’t need feminism because I’m not going to empower myself by bringing others down.” The distinctive sexuality of men and women comes up again and again: Feminism, these women claim, forbids femininity—something they see as fundamental to their identities.

    In much of the evangelical literature DeRogatis explores, the tone defies stereotypes about Puritanical sexual mores in the Christian community. “…Many American evangelicals have come to believe that good marital sex is not just ordained by God, but is healthy and leads to strong self-esteem, financial prosperity, and heightened spiritual awareness,” she writes. Often co-authored by husband and wife pairs, popular sex guides from the last two decades explore everything from the the role of anal sex in Biblical marriages to the virtues of sex toys and raunchy costumes. One author, Marabel Morgan, suggests women should try setting up different scenes and creatively using props, such as a trampoline, to initiate sex.

    “The message of this multi-million dollar publishing industry is clear: Evangelical Christians have the best sex,” DeRogatis writes.

    The Warrior Wives of Evangelical Christianity
    The intense focus on sexuality, purity, manhood, and womanhood in certain faith communities—and its consequences.

    • Let me be the first to make it perfectly clear – I have NEVER used a trampoline in any part of my sex life.

      Yes – fnord – I do recognize these tactics and all I have to say is…..DAMN some people must like to continue to be stupid.

      Bottom line – to me – is that I am waiting for these Evangelinuts t actually live as they preach down to others.

      Fnord hit the motivation for all this crappola – it is a multi-billion dollar publishing industry.

      Show me a mega church preacher and/or televangelists and I will show you a CON man that would put the run-of-the-mill Carnival ‘carnie’ to shame.

      Besides – why do these Evangelicals have to prove they have the best sex? To me – sex is a private matter and should not be compared to anybody else’s sex life…

      But…then again….I am a Fundy Baptist college graduate but I got the HELL out of that Fundy Church movement in the mid 1970’s.

      These people are just sex-crazed and too ignorant….IMHO

      • Let’s not forget – in that Fundy Baptist College world – all female students were required to take the Courtship and Marriage class. Males were encouraged to take the class but were not required.

        That is where the professor actually said (without even blinking an eye) that wives should wear a pretty hair bow to keep her man coming home to her….

        A freakin’ hair bow is what it takes to keep a man from cheating on a woman?

        Yeah – sure – I’ll hop right on that and get me a huge assortment of pretty hair bows.

        One thing to note – during that entire class, I never once heard anything that was required of men to keep their women happy at home….

        Hmmm….that certainly explains a lot…