Barry Spector's Blog – April 2014 Archive (4)

Barry’s Blog # 91: Porn, Part Two

As I write this essay (April, 2014), I read that even though the Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that it is unconstitutional to bar consensual sex between adults, twelve of the fourteen states that had anti-sodomy laws at the time have refused to repeal them(…

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Added by Barry Spector on April 25, 2014 at 5:29pm — 2 Comments

Barry’s Blog # 90: Porn, Part One

Have I got your attention? Are there any other one-syllable words in American English that can provoke such strong – yet mixed – emotions? Some hear the word and anticipate private pleasure, immediate gratification or opportunities for male bonding, but may be unaware of shameful feelings that lie just below the surface, while others who express disgust, anger or condemnation may well be covering up a sense of titillation. It’s all so complicated…

Indeed, opinions about pornography do…

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Added by Barry Spector on April 22, 2014 at 2:38pm — 2 Comments

Barry’s Blog # 89: Blaming the Victim (Part Three)

PART THREE

I’ve been speaking about our beliefs about wealth and poverty, the foundations of our domestic issues. But the same thinking has undergirded our foreign policies since the very beginning. This is how Americans have always resolved the contradiction of living in a society that raises freedom and equality to the highest values while simultaneously enslaving millions, murdering other millions and consuming vast areas of the Earth and its resources. It is…

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Added by Barry Spector on April 8, 2014 at 11:23am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 88: Blaming the Victim (Part Two)

John Calvin was the primary theoretician of Puritanism. He put a new emphasis on the very old doctrine of predestination that goes all the way back in Christianity to St. Augustine.

In this theology the unknowable, transcendent deity had decreed long before that a tiny minority – the elect – were already saved. Thevast majority would never rise above their sinful nature. One was either in a state of grace or not. “Therefore,” wrote Martin Luther, “We… deny free will…

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Added by Barry Spector on April 4, 2014 at 11:19am — No Comments

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