He who is without sin
There was a very public scene in the Bible where Christ is asked to approve the stoning of an adulteress. He averts the punishment by saying, "let him who is without sin, cast the first stone." In a similar position, Msgr. Francis Malone was presented Tippi McCullough, who offended the scribes and priests by getting married to a partner of 14 years. Malone approved hurling the stone of job loss at her. Someone is watching out for Tippi because the stone did almost no damage. In fact, although suffering a hit, she is now better off than she was before.
The Catholic hierarchy and priests know how to keep deviant, illegal sexual activity private until forced into the open. Tippi did not cover up her relationship because it is legal, and it is love. Jesus had this to say about judging others: "First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your sister's eye." Pope Francis famously said, "Who am I to judge?" Perhaps the Rev. Malone and other church members need some help removing logs, so they can see the minor problem Tippi presented.
Look for signs of abuse
I am 86 years old and lived through 32 years of domestic abuse. Things have changed over the years; some changes are good, some not so good.
We have nearly overdosed our young people with sex education, but we have failed to train them to ask the hard questions. Marriage and living together isn't just about sex, it is about everyday life. I need the parents' attention for just a moment. Have you taught your child to look for the signs of an abuser and trained them to ask themselves the hard question, "Am I committing myself to a potential abuser?"
It only takes but a few minutes to walk into a nightmare but it can take years to get free, if you get out alive.
I have made my nightmare an open book. I'm a storyteller, so we quickly become friends as you read about my journey of abuse in my book, "Behind Closed Doors," which is available on amazon.com. It is my desire to be able to put one of my books in every safe-house in America. Please don't turn your back on someone that is in trouble. Listen to your neighbors and friends with your heart. They may need your help. If you can't find the right words, feel free to share my story.
Evelyn Fort Stewart
Enjoyed your blog ["An open line: And a plug for dense urban core development"] regarding the property tax per acre comparisons. Redeveloping and investing in a community's core regardless of the size of that community will reap not only more financial reward back to the community on a tax per acre basis but it will also reduce cost to that municipal government as it relates to services that it provides. A double win.
North Little Rock
From the web
In response to the Arkansas Blog post "It's unanimous: Arkansas congressmen unhappy about new habitat protection for mussels":
Well, of course. Any protection for wildlife in Arkansas has the potential of taking money out of a rich Republican's or rich Democrat's pocket somewhere down the road.
The only reason we're alive is to make money. To hell with anything that doesn't make somebody some money. These six tools represent people ... wait, it should read these six tools represent rich people and that doesn't include you or me. We don't count, wildlife doesn't count, natural vegetation be damned, a nice quality of life is only meant for those rich enough to jet away to the pretty places where no American is allowed to savage the ground just to make a profit. (Pssst, it's why they're still pretty.)
We can't win, the deck is too stacked against us and all other living things. The only thing we can do, the only power we have is to VOTE THESE BASTIDS OUT!
But first we have to dig up some people worth voting for and except for James Lee Witt, ain't no one worth a damn running in 2014 so we'll have to wait until 2016 for a chance to vote for good people. Damn shame.
Protecting the mussels is kinda like protecting the blind cave fish in the cave at Cave Springs. Because every potential development has to have an environmental study, it has limited development in that area a great deal. I want to know who gives a damn about blind cave fish? Should they be allowed to retard human development?
About time environmental justice came to the Natural State. Let the lawsuits begin, thankfully. Bye bye, CAFO hog and chicken farms.
In response to the Arkansas Blog post, "Pryor signs on to bill to address health insurance plan cancellations":
I'm a supporter of President Obama and a supporter of Obamacare. I'm also a supporter of politicians keeping their word, especially when there's deliberate and unequivocal a promise as this. People who like their current plans — even if those plans are bad or drive-up premiums for the rest of us — need to be allowed to keep them.
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