All posts by Chuck Fager

Gwynne Dyer on The Climate Summit-Maybe A Bit of Hope?

GWYNNE DYER: COP 27 — The emptying glass is still half-full, but the climatic threat is looming

‘There’s still a very long way to go, but at least we’re moving in the right direction’

Gwynne Dyer — Nov. 22, 2022

As after every climate summit, the air is filled with shouts of rage and despair.

What was agreed was unclear and inadequate and what was left undecided or simply ignored was vast and terrifying. For example, they still haven’t managed to agree that the world needs to stop burning fossil fuels. Continue reading Gwynne Dyer on The Climate Summit-Maybe A Bit of Hope?

Call for Justice Barrett to Recuse from LGBTQ Case

 

Amy Coney Barrett urged to step away from gay rights case because of faith affiliation

The Guardian — Mon 21 Nov 2022

Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington

The US supreme court justice’s history with the People of Praise raises questions about her impartiality in upcoming case.

Former members of Amy Coney Barrett’s secretive faith group, the People of Praise, are calling on the US supreme court justice to recuse herself from an upcoming case involving gay rights, saying Barrett’s continued affiliation with the Christian group means she has participated in discriminatory policies against LGBTQ+ people.
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William Penn Is Making a comeback — And Quakers Aren’t Going to Like It

[Note: the headline above needs some clarification: actually it’s liberal Quakers who aren’t likely to welcome Penn’s comeback; many others may cheer. More on that below.]

May I have your attention, liberal Quakers? The effort among some of you to expunge William Penn from our Friendly pantheon because he owned slaves has in many  ways been a big success: his name has been scrubbed from the rooms, building & events you frequent; his writings downplayed or ignored, and the search for replacement paragons, and even a replacement history, is underway.

But if one were to look beyond the increasingly narrowed liberal horizon, one might catch sight of a novel phenomenon: beyond it, especially in (of all places) the former Quaker stronghold of Pennsylvania: William Penn is being exhumed, dusted off, and readied for a comeback. Continue reading William Penn Is Making a comeback — And Quakers Aren’t Going to Like It