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Here Comes More of Right-Wing Religion's Persecution Complex

persecution complex    “The blood of martyrs is the seed of the church,” wrote second century Christian theologian Tertullian. And during his June 30th mass this year, Pope Francis agreed: “The Church grows thanks to the blood of the martyrs. This is the beauty of martyrdom.”
    There's a sense, then, in which Christianities have historically wavered between a persecution complex and the desire to dominate over and control the world's morality. Christian denominations have had as their goal, after all, the conversion of everyone to their own position as if the old saying is: “The more the truer. “
    And they're not alone. Modern defenders notwithstanding, Buddhist religions have flourished most when they were embraced by governments as have multiple Islams. Confucian ethics became culturally Chinese when the Han dynasty enforced it as a political philosophy, and Shinto has always been tied to the status of the Japanese emperor.
    Even Hindu sects became strongest when the kings of India endowed their temples and deities. While in the modern period most traditions have justified nationalisms that combine religious identities and politics.
    The sense of being persecuted has been a rallying cry provoking the faithful to protect their brand and even take up arms. Pacifists in these traditions may claim that they have the truer view of each faith, but history shows that often a sense of ones religion being persecuted has led to violent defensive measures by the fearful.....

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LJWorld.comDr. Minor on July 13, 2014, again responds to a
Lawrence Journal World "Faith Forum" question:
"What Is Your Opinion on People Getting Ordained
Online to Perform Weddings?
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Dr Minor speaking at ASU"Arguing About Families - Gay, Straight or Neither"

Dr. Minor's keynote address, "Arguing About Families - 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 Social Justice.

"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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Zoe Williams: "George Lakoff: 'Conservatives don't follow the polls, they want to change them..Liberals do everything wrong'"
(February 1, 2014)
"The left, Lakoff argues, is losing the political argument – every year, it cedes more ground to the right, under the mistaken impression that this will bring everything closer to the centre....This is what he believes it would take to refashion the progressive mindset: the abandonment of argument by evidence in favour of argument by moral cause; the unswerving and unembarrassed articulation of what those morals are; the acceptance that there is no "middle" or third way, no such thing as a moderate (people can hold divergent views, conservative on some things, progressive on others – but they are not moderates, they are "biconceptual"); and the understanding that conservatives are not evil, unintelligent, cynical or grasping..."

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NW PFLAG Leadership WorkshopThe 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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Dr. Minor on Love, Dating, and Relationships
A Column at 50
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     Here I am -- older and having to get back into dating again. You don’t know how bad it is out there.”
    This is probably one of the most common issues when it comes to relationships. And it’s not one limited to those over fifty.
    But if we’ve been married for years, or in another type of committed relationship, the end of that by death, divorce, or breaking up, throws the normal human being out in what looks like a cold, cruel, world again. Listening to those who’ve ended up there seems to confirm it.
    And if we’ve been out of the dating season for quite a long time, a lot has changed. Facebook and on-line meet-up sites have replaced the bar. Social media has replaced social clubs.
    And how often do we hear: “All the good ones are taken” or “You don’t know how many losers are out there....".

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