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Saturday
Aug312013

Lancaster, PA to Jalouse Paris Re 'Amish Grunge': Amish People Don't Pose For Photos & Hate Guns Except For Hunting

I was intrigued to see this fashion editorial ‘Amish Grunge’ featuring models Zippora Seven and Dolores Doll, lensed by Mathieu Cesar for Jalouse magazine’s September issue. When AOC friends read our tag line “from fashion to flogging, teeling women’s stories”, they smile at the irony.

The flogging reference is to my work on behalf of the 40,000 women a year flogged for inappropriate dress and other offences against modesty and Islam in Sudan — not the global fascination with women getting flogged in bed ‘50 Shades of Grey’ style.

Evaluating these images as both a fashion editor and former fashion director, who also has two GlamTribale shops at Building Character in Lancaster, PA — the heart of America’s Amish country, I wonder just how accurate ‘Amish Grunge’, styled by Jennifer Eymere is, in its stylish portrayal of the Amish people.

Amish People Do Not Pose For Photographs

For starters, writes National Geographic, the Amish do not have their picture taken because they believe that photographs are ‘graven images’. Although most Amish refuse to be photographed, most make a distinction between a photograph taken in their natural setting — perhaps by a tourist on an Amish farm tour near Lancaster, as an example. The critical issue for the Amish is that they are not posing for the camera, as fashionistas do from morning to midnight.

The Amish and Guns

As for lavish display of guns in this editorial, let’s not send the fashionable message that the Amish belong to the NRA. They don’t. The Amish are pacifists and their traditions dictate that they abstain from any acts of violence. Most Amish are conscientious objectors, avoiding any involvement with the military. The Amish do hunt deer and other animals because of its involvement with nature. They believe hunting allows them to enjoy God’s creations while ostensibly fulfilling a practical need for food.

 

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Sunday
May202012

Romney, God & American Exceptionalism | Rev. Thomas Williams" & A New Legion Scandal | Baptist Teachers Revolt

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image via Soda HeadMaking God-related news and opinion the topic of today’s DFR was easy. Without plotting the result in any way — like Googling “Catholic bishops” to see what new legislation the boys club has in mind for women this week, God came to me today.

Romney’s Faith Runs Deep

Jodi Kantor, author of The Obamas, dissects Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s relationship with God in today’s NY Times.

Dozens of Romney’s friends, relatives and fellow church members “describe a man whose faith is his design for living”.

Clayton M. Christensen, a business professor at Harvard and a friend from church, said the question that drove the Sunday school classes — how to apply Mormon gospel in the wider world — also drives Mr. Romney’s life. “He just needs to know what God wants him to do and how he can get it done,” Mr. Christensen said. via NYTimes

Like Rick Santorum, candidate Romney’s frequent tributes to American exceptionalism are grounded in his belief that God has chosen the United States to play a special role in history — with its constitution divinely inspired.

In 1992 Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve  wrote an essay The Divinely Inspired Constitution, explaining the position of Romney’s church on the matter. In a thorough but swift read of the document, it lays out many precepts that most Americans agree on. Oaks stresses the “farsighted young statesmen” James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, “who favored a strong federal government” as necessary in leading the country forward.

Is the Catholic Church Uncatholic?

NYTimes columnist Maureen Dowd thinks so. The ever-acerbic challenger to papal dogma in Rome, Dowd argues that today’s Catholic church is “intent on loyalty testing, mind control and heresy hunting. Rather than all-embracing, the church hierarchy has become all-constricting.”

The Catholic bishops hunt down nuns and lecture American women on the immorality of birth control and wanting to control our family planning, while that plagued-with-scandal Old Boys Club The Legion of Christ suffered another set back this week when the order’s superstar Rev. Thomas Williams admitted that he fathered a child. (cont)

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Rev. Thomas WilliamsRev. Thomas Williams, a moral theologian, author, high-profile television personality and former superior of the Legion’s office in Rome, admitted Tuesday that he had fathered a child “a number of years ago.” The Legion of Christ order, still in clean up mode from the scandal created by its pedophile founder Rev. Marciel Maciel, acknowledged that it has known about the child and apologized for not acting sooner to remove Rev. Williams as a moral leader for the Legion’s Catholics.

Huff Po reports that just last week, the “Legion admitted that seven of its priests were under investigation by the Vatican for allegedly abusing minors”, cloaked by the same secrecy and silence that allowed it founder to engage in a lifetime of abuse.

Back to Maureen Dowd who touched base with former New York governor and Catholic Mario Cuomo, whose son Andrew is weighing running for president.

“If the church were my religion, I would have given it up a long time ago,” he said. “All the mad and crazy popes we’ve had through history, decapitating the husbands of women they’d taken. All the terrible things the church has done. Christ is my religion, the church is not.

Cuomo continued, saying “The church would be wiser to take the path laid out for us by Kennedy than the path laid out for us by Santorum.”

South Baptist Educators Revolt

Shorter University is a 139-year-old Baptist school located in Rome, Ga. Recently, the school mandated that its 200 employees, including about 100 faculty members, sign ‘a personal lifestyle pledge’ declaring that they reject homosexuality, premarital sex and adultery.

The pledge may have backfired, as reports surface that only 12% of the faculty have signed the pledge. Many professors including tenured professor Sherri Weiler, have resigned.

“Lest anyone think I am ‘promoting’ homosexuality, please know that I am not,” professor Sherri Weiler, who resigned last week, wrote in the Rome News-Tribune, according to the “Save Our Shorter” site. “I am simply not going to judge anyone who expresses his/ her sexuality in this way.”

Students writing on the “Save Our Shorter” site say they welcome the focus on homosexuality but the even bigger issue is the school’s loss of academic freedom, which it has enjoyed for decades while respecting its religious heritage.

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Friday
Mar302012

Dramatic Drop in Conservatives Belief in Science | Research: Too Much Religion in Politics | Women & Obama

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Conservative Drop In Trust in Science

Just 35 percent of self-identified conservatives reported having “a great deal of trust in science” in a new report published in the journal American Sociological Review. The find marks a precipitous drop of 28 percent since the first survey was taken in 1974. At that time 48 percent of conservatives — about the same percentage as liberals — had significant trust in science. Moderates and liberals have remained flat. Liberals, most likely due to the fact that they are better educated, are more likely to believe in science than either moderates or conservatives. via Think Progress

Voter Gender Gap

Barack Obama’s advantages among women voters over his GOP rivals remain substantial. Obama led Mitt Romney by 20 points (58% to 38%) among women voters and Rick Santorum by 26 points (61% to 35%) in the Pew Research Center’s most recent national survey, conducted March 7-11. Obama runs about even with Romney among men and leads Santorum.

In surveys of registered voters this year, 52% of women identify with the Democratic Party or lean Democratic, compared to 43% of men. This gender gap dates back to 1990. In 2008 even more women — 56% — called themselves Democrats.

Obama has a massive lead of 30 points over Romney among women 18-49; 18 points ages 50-64 and a 1 point 48/49 tie with women 65+.

With so few women in Congress and most Republican women representing the conservative forces and more ‘male’ viewpoint, the statistically prevalent views among women voters are rarely heard when Republican men especially say “the people want” or “the people believe”.

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Religion in Politics

Also from PEW Research is a new survey saying the public is at an all-time high in unease over how much talk of religion is mixed with politics.

A decade ago when PEW first tracked the question 60 percent of respondents were comfortable that the right amount of talk about religion was heard in politics.  That number plunged in 2003 to 29 percent, a few years into the Bush administration and sank to 24/25 percent in 2010/2012.

With a 35 point plunge in people saying politicians spent the right amount of time talking about religion, those who said they heard too much talk of religion in politics rose 26 points from 12 to 38 percent. After a dramatic increase from 22 to 41 percent of people believing there is too little talk of religion in politics in the early Bush years, that number flat lined throughout the decade before dropping sharply from 37 to 30 from 2010 to 2012.

Prayer Comes to Kansas State House

Kansas is at the forefront of the nation is passing legislation that seeks to control women’s reproductive health. So for the Kansas legislature to murmur that Father James Gordon of St John Vianney Catholic school’s address to the Kansas House of Representatives was too political suggests it was quite a barnburner, writes LJWorld.com.

“We ask you to strengthen our understanding of traditional marriage: one man and one woman. We ask you to bring us back to virtuous morals in society, morals that kept us from killing a child in the womb through abortion. We ask you to defend us now in the fight for true religious freedom and freedom of conscience, that seems to be threatened now in the public sphere.”

Perhaps an act of civil disobedience, Father Gordon clearly disobeyed boundaries set by the House that invited guests who lead the daily prayer are supposed to be neutral and deliver prayers that are free of politics and not divisive.

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