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|America's Political Autism and Obama's ISIS Response
The President's approach to ISIS is a symptom of national failure, intellectual, institutional and leadership fatigue engulfing the US. The idea that we can do something, anything, about ISIS is an ...
|Is marriage equality good for the whole community or mostly just gay white men?
I've been thinking about the question of "Who benefits from marriage equality?" for a while. I recognize that I'm wading into deep water here and I hope it doesn't get over my head. As I've been ...
|Utah County Clerk Goes Full On George Wallace - in a very Utah way
No surprises there, really. The Attorney General's office said: A spokesman for the Utah Attorney General’s Office says that while his office isn’t advising county clerks at this time, the ...
|Utah Marriage Equality Update
Here's a great photo gallery of the couples waiting in Salt Lake County to marry. I'm hearing that couples in Cache, Davis, Grand, Morgan, Salt Lake, Summit, Tooele, Washington and Weber counties ...
|Are conservative Christians harmed by compliance with nondiscrimination laws?
Are conservative Christians harmed by compliance with nondiscrimination laws? It's a more complex question than it appears at first blush. I'm glad I don't have to adjudicate any of these cases. ...
|Shared Ideological Ground Between The Militia Movement and the Tea Party
I'm sure some very smart person has written about this topic and I didn't see it. What the heck, I'll plunge boldly ahead. Manuel Castells' three volume study The Information Age: Economy, Society ...
|Why do we collectively create results nobody wants?
Despite having a wealth of knowledge and skills, we keep collectively creating results nobody wants. To me, that reality is the biggest problem of our era. Whether it's governmental systems that ...
|Privilege, Sexuality and Date Rape
My earlier post ( Are We Doing Young Persons a Disservice by Teaching them No Means No? ) garnered over 380 comments. When I had a chance to delve into the comments, I found myself wanting a ...
|Are We Doing Young Persons a Disservice by Teaching them No Means No?
I've been teaching sexuality education to teens for a decade now. In that time, I've seen a huge shift in the way young women respond to the issue of date rape, although almost no change in the way ...
|The Republican Base is the Identified Patient in our National Family System
The American right has transformed from conservative to reactionary to revanchist in an incredibly short period of time. Today's Republican base voters feel a toxic mix of anger, frustration, and ...
|No, The Republicans Have Not Gone Crazy (even though their tactics look crazy)
Well they actually did it - they shut down the government. The howler monkeys also known as House Republicans got their wish. They're making their principled stand to end the scourge of America ...
|Affordable Care Act, Misinformation, Disinformation and Blinding Panic
This month, millions of Americans will receive letters from their employers explaining the state health insurance marketplaces (formerly known as exchanges). I know because my job required me to ...
|The Age of Disruption: Impact on the Military Industrial Complex
Also posted at OneUtah . Watching conservatives oppose military intervention in Syria has been entertaining to say the least. We all know that if the occupants of the White Hosue were a Republican,
FWIW, I've been sitting on this diary for almost a month, debating whether or not to publish it. For most of the last two years, I've been dealing with depression. At first, I tried to manage it - ...
|College Life, Rape and Public Discourse
I've been struggling with this topic for a few days. I posted this originally at One Utah . There's a major discussion happening right now about sexual assault on college campuses (i.e. it's made ...
|Children are Often Oppressed in Religious Households
"Children are often oppressed in religious households"; when I read that line in Mark Galli's op-ed over the weekend, I literally stopped reading mid-sentence. Here's the whole passage: But ...
|Walk Away From the Negotiation Table - do it now
Back in the day, my mother was an antiques dealer. She got great stuff and great deals at yard sales. Her trick was to pile up everything she wanted, offer a price. If they rejected it flat out, ...
|Can the Christian Church Become Anti-Racist, Anti-Sexist, and Anti-Homophobic?
Please note, I'm using the term homophobic to indicate bias against sexual minorities; the terms heterosexism (bias against non-heterosexual persons) and genderism (attitudes, conditions, or ...
|Our Multidimensional Crisis: Institutional Breakdown
The signs are all around us - our crisis continues to deepen and to engulf us in its complexity. Manuel Castells, in the introduction to The Power of Identity : The Iraq invasion was the ...
|Government isn't a business
About a decade ago, Washington Monthly published an article comparing the decision making styles of the Bush administration (dominated by the business mindset) and the Clinton administration. The ...
|Fundamentalism Feeding Polarization
In an article at Alternet ,Katherine Stewart observes: There is an obvious answer, and it is, in a sense, staring you in the face every time you watch a political debate or read about the latest ...
|A Good Idea About Sexuality Education from a Utah Republican?
Cross-posted at OneUtah . Utah State Senator Stuart Reid (R-Ogden) recently floated a proposal that would create a program to educate parents about sexuality in the belief they would turn around ...
|Does a Candidate's Religion Matter?
And if so, in what ways? In 2008, Republicans did everything they could to make Barack Obama's religion an issue. Fox had 30 seconds of Jeremiah Wright on endless loop for ages. This year, with ...
|Gay Men and Our Bodies and Our Selves: Some Thoughts on Acceptance of Self and Others
I read this article at HuffPo in which the author, Jacob Tobia, issued this call: Gay men of the world, I think it's time that we stop trying to make the world love us through our bodies and start ...
|Getting Lost in the Woods is Optional
As a resident of Salt Lake, I live a short drive from national forests and wilderness areas. The mountains of Utah are some of the most beautiful country you'll ever see. However, on a regular ...
|Mitt Romney: Wobbling From His Carefully Constructed Equilibrium
The Mitt Romney who is running for president simply cannot be the same Mitt Romney who ran Bain or even the Olympics. The Mitt Romney who did those things had to be clear, decisive, and gaffe free.
|A Somber Speech for Serious Times
President Obama's acceptance speech last night is being appraised as not one of his best speeches. It lacked the soaring poetry of his 2004 keynote, it didn't have the eloquent, rousing ...
|All Wheel Drive and Cup-Holders
The popularity of the SUV fascinates me. The size of the average family is smaller today than at any other time in American history. Yet, our houses and our cars are bigger. A family with two ...
|An Epidemic of Hostility Toward Religion or an Epidemic Christian Cry-babies?
The Family Research Council (a group the SPLC identified as a hate group for its ongoing use of lies, distortions and untruths about glbt persons) and Liberty Institute, another right wing ...
|Seriously - this Chick-Fil-A Nonsense Won't Go Away
Crossposted at OneUtah . Hatin' the gays and eatin' fried food. That's what passes for patriotism for way too many Americans (watch this video of people singing God Bless America while waiting in ...
|Creating An Inclusive Society
The Inclusion Center of Utah , formerly NCCJ Utah, hosts an annual adult residential retreat known as the Inclusion Summit. I had the opportunity to attend this year's summit, at Camp Tuttle in Big ...
|Things to think about: Food Justice
For reasons I'll explain at another time, I've spent the last few weeks alternating between a vegetarian (melted cheese is tempting - evil and possibly addictive) and a vegan diet. There have been ...
|Things That Need to Change: Punitive Attitudes Toward the Poor
A nice catch by my friend Gina Cornia, of Utahns Against Hunger. A recent article from New Orleans included a photo of a boy living in the projects who happened to own an iPad. As you can imagine,
|I feel like I'm driving through Mordor
For the last week, the Facebook posts and communications from friends and family in Colorado have grown increasingly worried as wildfires consume vast chunks of the state. The weather remains hot ...
|Nixon's Ghost, Missed Opportunities and Political Gridlock
I've long thought that American politics - and economics - went sideways in the 1970s and we've never recovered. The ghost of Richard Nixon continues to haunt American politics. Nixon's ...
|Judge Orders "Eye For an Eye" Punishment: But was it justice?
The story itself bothers me. Two teenage girls befriended a 3 year old while she was at a McDonald's playland, then cut off a huge chunk of the three year old's hair. They were identified and sent ...
|Hate Behind the Mask of Religion: About That Standing Ovation For Charles Worley
Hat tip to John Aravosis at Americablog for catching this one. So a week after delivering a sermon calling for gay people to be put into concentration camps, pig ignorant bigot Charles Worley got a ...
|Hate Behind the Mask of Religion
In October 2001, a group of nonprofits in Utah sponsored a conference entitled Hate Behind the Mask of Religion. I attended that conference and have periodically referred to the contents over the ...
|Why are they constantly reducing the value of the lgbtq community and our lives to sex acts?
Why are they constantly reducing the value of the lgbtq community and our lives to sex acts? That's the question Alvin McEwan asked in response to Del. Bob Marshall (Republican, of course) who ...
|Rodeo Queens And Stranger Things
With the return of summer has come my return to the world of rodeo. I find the whole experience fascinating. Ideological, economic, and social functions permeate contemporary American rodeo. The ...
|What I Did Last Saturday . . . Festival of Colors
This is the largest Holi celebration in the Americas. ...
|Defending Abstinence Only Education With Contested Notions of Freedom, Virtue and Government's Role
A slightly edited version of this post appeared at OneUtah . Paul Mero is the head of the Utah based right wing think tank Sutherland Institute. In defense of Utah's abstinence only, no condoms ...
|Utah Gov Vetoes "Keep Your Knees Together and Pray" Bill
Crossposted at One Utah So, in a move that surprised me, Gov. Herbert vetoed the legislature's regressive, ignorant, fear based sex education bill. The issue of sex education - especially ...
|Glendale Middle School Asks the Community How to Prevent Bullying
Glendale Middle School doesn't exactly have a stellar reputation. It serves a community with a sizable population of immigrants and refugees, as well as being in traditionally economically ...
|I'm So Ready To Dance at the Festival of Colors
Last year, I attended the Festival of Colors at the Sri Sri Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah. The folks at the temple report that theirs is the largest Festival of Colors in the Americas. Last ...
|The Micro Reflects the Macro: Utah's No Sex Ed Bill and Conservatives Fit About Contraception
It's incredibly simple. At a national level, conservatives are doing everything they can to whip up fear of sex to drive voters to the polls this year. Utah's unbelievably bad sex ed bill is a ...
|Bishop Wester is Wrong: Religious Freedom is Not Under Attack
This diary was crossposted at OneUtah . Saturday, Feb 18, the Salt Lake Tribune published an op-ed from Bishop John C. Wester of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City in which the Bishop claims: ...
|Swimming in Systems
This post was cross-posted at OneUtah.org The US is a system; it is an open system which means the other systems with which it communicates affect it. Internal ...
|Has it been fifty years already? Some Thoughts on A Wrinkle In Time
Over the weekend I was sorting out my book shelves and came across a dog-eared and battered copy of Madeline L'Engle's 1962 novel A Wrinkle In Time.
|The Republican Nominee Doesn't Matter
It doesn't matter whether the Republican nominee is Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich (or Ron Paul or Rick Santorum or Joe the Plumber). Republican leaders will do everything in their power to get their ...
|The American Right's Turn to Political Fundamentalism
This post first appeared, in a different form, at OneUtah . The changes here are intended to provide greater clarity and to improve readability. ...
|Silence Equaled Death
The stats are incredibly depressing. The one that I keep seeing this week is even more depressing -
|Cautious Centrism Hasn't Worked - It's Time for Fruitful Opposition
Cross posted at One Utah . The Obama administration made a surprisingly simple miscalculation early on - they adopted a cautious centrism that was intended to ...
|A Tourist In Hetero-Land: Strangers in a Strange Land
And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land. Exodus 2:22, KJV Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan ...
|Regional Politics and Identity, the Teabaggers, and Shifting Political Winds
Cross posted at OneUtah . If you begin by removing the state lines we're accustomed to seeing on US maps and ...
|Zombie Apocalypse and Herd Immunity
Since it's halloween weekend, the tv has been filled to overflowing with a variety of horror movies. Zombies continue to be popular. In may, some wag at the CDC put together a short webpage on ...
|Fox News Hysterical Hysteria Over Grinnell College Dorms
There's many, many things wrong with the Fox & Friends commentary, but that doesn't make it any less funny. 1.When I was at Grinnell, lo ...
|The Church and the Homosexual
There's an old joke - in the Bible there are 300 verses about straight people and 6 about gay people; it's not that God doesn't love gay people, it's that heterosexuals need more supervision. I'm ...
|Those Poor Oppressed Military Chaplains
The Deseret News published an editorial ...
|Get serious! It Wasn't Fannie and Freddie - a.k.a. Zombie Lies We Need to Shoot in the Head
Cross-posted at OneUtah . The argument keeps coming up. It's a zombie lie that won't die no matter what the facts say. So, here we go again.
|FDR and the New Deal Did Not Prolong the Great Depression
It's become an accepted as fact among many on the right that the New Deal actually prolonged the Great Depression. It's a concept that was popularized by Amity Shlaes book The Forgotten Man. Shlaes'
|Some Thoughts on Shifting Awareness of How Things Connect and How Problems Are Solved
Paolo Freire warns that "`Washing one's hands' of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral." From Power ...
|The Three Things We Need to Know to Be Better Progressives and Better Democrats
In her book Leadership and the New Science , Margaret Wheatley discusses the ways in which organizations that are most open to their environments, most flexible, adaptable and responsive ...
| The Answer the D-News Editorial Board Can’t Give
. . . and which by extension, other religious conservatives can't give. This morning, the D-News editorial board published a relatively ...
|Very Thoroughly Chlorinated
I'm a distance swimmer. I find profound pleasure in diving into the water and swimming a mile nonstop - in a month I've cut literally 20 minutes off my mile; my goal is to get my mile in under 30. ...
|America's Horribly, Shockingly Oppressed (Not so much) Christians
Among religious conservatives, it has become fashionable to declare they are being oppressed and discriminated against. Two recent articles in the Deseret News echo those fashionable claims. ...
|The Crisis in American Leadership (Part Three)
The late Carl Sagan published one of my favorite books, a collection of essays The Demon-Haunted World . In the final essay - co-written with Ann Druyan - Real Patriots Ask ...
|The Crisis in American Leadership (Part Two)
The comments under Part One include some very interesting insights - I need to think more fully about them before working on Part Three. We began a strange drift in our leadership culture ...
|The Crisis in American Leadership (Part One)
This post started as a complaint about the President's approach to leadership. It has clearly evolved. We are living - as the old curse says - in interesting times. The myriad challenges facing ...
|The Family Shadow
It's usually something small that, if you're paying attention, tips you off to something larger.
|Utah Women Offended by Store Window Display Selling Bras
Cross posted at www.oneutah.org Back in 2008, pondering yet another Utah scandelette over the sex, I wrote :
|Femininity and Toughness: What Rodeo Queens Tell us About America
I got to spend part of my weekend at the Miss Rodeo Utah contest. The day offered fascinating insights into the performance of gender, gender roles, ...
|Skiing on July 4
Seriously, Snowbird Ski Resort east of Salt Lake City was open for skiiing yesterday. There's two relevant points: 2010-2011 had record breaking snowfall of 783 inches (yes, 783, as in 65.25 ...
|A stack of paper: Further Reflections on being the healthy sibling
I've written about this topic twice before at OneUtah.org - here ...
|Participatory Models: Art of Hosting
What you think changes how you act. A while back, I was leading a group of teens in an exercise - each person gets five minutes to talk, without interruption, while the other two in the group listen.
|Participatory Models: World Cafe - Shaping the Future
A personal favorite, World Cafe is a powerful way of unearthing experiences and ideas. Like most participatory models, World Cafe is grounded in the simple insight that conversation is how humans ...
|Participative Models: Progressive Scenario Planning
Imagine what would happen if progressives suddenly began talking, confidently, about The Pioneer Option in which America takes the lead on technological innovation, clean, renewable energy, and ...
|Participative Models: Appreciative Inquiry
Unlike most models I will discuss, Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a formal model of participative leadership and organizational development. AI requires more skill and attention in preparation and ...
|Participative Models: PeerSpirit Circle
When I was a child, our family parties seemed, inevitably, to evolve into the entire family sitting in a large circle, chatting, talking, engaging one another. Circle just happened. In it, we're ...
|Participatory Models: Open Space Technology
In a single post, I'm not going to try to give a complete picture of any particular way of planning or leading a participative gathering; this is just a taste of what can happen, enough to hopefully ...
|The Weakness of Islam and the Evolution Toward Human Rights
Let me by very clear. In the US, Islam is one faith among many; Muslims in the US are every bit as technologically sophisticated, committed to democracy, and citizens of a modern, pluralistic ...
|Taking the Lead on Participative Democracy
In August, 2009, town hall meetings across the US were transformed into circus side shows of blind panic and rage. People descended on hapless members of Congress, fueled by imaginary terrors, ready ...
|Confronting Exhausted Illusions and The Cycle of Failure
I've quoted this passage from Margaret Wheatley’s book Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time before . ...
|Our Exhausting Illusions
This post is a reprint; I originally posted this at OneUtah.org and openleft.com. I'm posting this now because I'm working on a follow up. I've written before about the notion that an ...
|Meaning and Myth in the Easter Story
I spent a good portion of last week thinking about the Holy Week story and Easter. I attended a very solemn and moving Holy Week worship at my congregation and then a joyous and beautiful ...
|Could we maybe get a discussion about race right for once?
There's been a lot of hoopla about this topic - and I find most of the discussion incredibly frustrating and off topic. I may not be right but I think the problem is more complex than it used ...
|No Current Majority Can Commit a Future Majority to a Course of Action
A fundamental flaw in much of our current political debate is the notion that something can or even should be made permanent. Conservatives have pushed constitutional amendments as a way of ...
|Republicans are The Ex That Drove You Crazy
A few years back, I was dating a great guy. Except, he wouldn't eat Chinese, Indian, Thai, Mexican or Middle Eastern food. I love those kinds of food. What would happen, if we went to eat, was ...
|Conservatives Are Trying to Create Crisis
Over the weekend, on C-Span, I watched conservative author Dambisa Moyo talk about her book. It was amazing - she talked intelligently about the various political and economic challenges. She then ...
|The Restraints Have Faded and the System Has Failed
In a provocative piece in the NY Times published last November, David Frum made a series of observations that should be widely shared. Frum included a surprising defense of the welfare state in his ...
|Some Thoughts On the Culture of Revolution
I was watching the documentary Morning Sun and was struck by something the narrator said near the end of the film. Near the end of China's disastrous Cultural ...
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