Nations have a habit of sanctifying people and
events that might otherwise disturb the system
by cleaning them up so that their memories actually
celebrate and promote the status quo, especially
its business. When President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed
May 9, 1914, the first Mother's Day, asking Americans
on that day to give a public "thank you" to
their and all mothers, the holiday was sanitized
so it wouldn’t challenge our socio-economic
system but actually further its consumerism.
writer, and poet Julia Ward Howe first proposed
the idea of an official celebration of Mothers
Day in the United States in 1872. She was best
known for her famous Civil War song, "Battle
Hymn of the Republic.”
In response to the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian
War, Howe proposed that June 2nd be celebrated annually
as Mothers Day so that on that day mothers could
rally to end all war. In Boston in 1870, in a “Mothers
Day Proclamation,” -- which would never make
it onto a Mother’s Day card -- she set the
stage for the holiday by appealing to women to leave
their housework for a day in order to stand up against
the forces that send men off to kill each other...
more of this latest column and others.
up to receive Dr. Minor's
Minor on November 10, 2012, again responds to
Journal World "Faith Forum"
the Bible Say Anything About Serving
as in the Military?"
Read Past "Faith Forum"
"Arguing About Families
- Gay, Straight or Neither"
Dr. Minor's keynote address,
"Arguing About Familties - Gay, Straight or Neither,"
given at the Symposium "Legally Gay" at the Sandra
Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State
University on March 9, 2012, is now available
in print and online in the Law Journal for
"A lot of very
bad arguments take place using the word 'family.'
By that, I mean they are based in falsehoods
about the history and psychology of families.
They are steeped in very creative, and current-position-affirming
mythology, and void of what we historians call
data. And they are found in every sphere, from
religion to politics to law...."
can download the complete article here.
I Had Time to Read Only One Article This Week,
Most Helpful One for My Work Would Be —
George Lakoff: "Speaking
Out Is at the Heart of Being a CItizen"
(February 16, 2013)
"Speaking out is at the heart of being a citizen,
speaking out is political action, and only if an
overwhelming number of us speak out, and live out,
this American vision, will the president and the
Congress be forced to do what is best for all.
all means, discuss the policies. Praise them when
you like them, criticize them when they fall short.
Don't hold back. Talk in public. Write to others.
be sure to make clear the basic principles behind
Lakoff, "Speaking Out Is at the Heart of Being
Fairness Project On-Line Activist Tool Kit
The Fairness Project is in the process
of making available the handout materials from
Dr. Minor's popular workshop: "Being an Activist
Without Being a Victim." These materials are chosen
because they encourage activist leadership to proceed
from a progressive, healing model which contradicts
the models of leadership found in most popular
forms, models that are meant to keep the system
in place rather than to make changes that support
humanity, and result in burnout among leaders.
To access the current materials in The Fairness Project Tool
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