“2014 ends with another child's suicide in
the news. This time, it's a twelve-year-old boy
who couldn't take the bullying anymore.
was in California, where all the right laws and
policies are in place. Still, death seemed better
to Ronin Shimizu than enduring his community.
what was he doing to bring what's known as gay-bashing
on? Well, it wasn't about sexual orientation -
whom he was loving or having sex with.
He was only
twelve. But the taunts from bullies at Folsom Middle
School seemed overwhelming.
This little boy who killed
himself on December 3rd, was taunted because he was
a cheerleader. A cheerleader – oh, the horror!
of the bullying, his parents had switched him to
home-schooling in the sixth grade. And how did
the school district's spokesperson respond?
“Well, we were aware of allegations of bulling.
I can’t speak to specific allegations, but
like all allegations, we investigate them fully.”
it. And those children who were responsible can deal
with what they caused. It should haunt them enough
to fight against bullying forever....
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Minor on July 13, 2014, again responds to
Journal World "Faith Forum"
Is Your Opinion on People Getting Ordained
Online to Perform Weddings?"
Read Past "Faith Forum"
"Arguing About Families
- Gay, Straight or Neither"
Dr. Minor's keynote address,
"Arguing About Families - Gay, Straight
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...."
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I Had Time to Read Only One Article This Week,
Most Helpful One for My Work Would Be —
Mark Karlin: "George
Lakoff: In Politics,
Progressive Need to Frame
(November 23, 2014)
"An interview with
Professor George Lakoff about his latest effort,The All New Don’t
Think of an Elephant!, to convince progressives
to 'frame' their political language and
appeals based on deep-seated and active values.
These are positions and actions that most of the
public supports, but absent appropriate 'framing'
often vote their fears instead of progressive beliefs.
It is necessary to ground a nurturing politics
for the common good and core values in language
and a moral foundation that appeals - rhetorically
and emotionally - to the better selves of voters...."
Wlliams: "George Lakoff: In Politics,
Progressives Need to Frame Their Values"
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.
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