Farmers Take the Heat, but Big Ag Reaps the Farm
Christianity and Violence: A Utopian Vision
Rick, leafleting with
Mare, Barb, Erin, Rachael at a recent Women of Faith event in St. Louis,
writes: We distributed about 2400 booklets in about three hours to a
largely friendly and receptive crowd. Pamela plans to leaflet there in
the morning and Carla, Barb, Erin and I plan to leaflet tomorrow
Scottrade Center security officers
attempted to deny us access to the public sidewalk stating that it was
their private property and that the owners did not want us there.
Fortunately, I had checked with a St. Louis City Police Sergeant onsite
when I first arrived to confirm the sidewalk as public property. The
security officer tried his best to intimidate me, threatening me with
forcible eviction and a night in jail. I insisted that I had every
right to be on the public property and asked if he wanted to be in
federal court. He did not pursue the matter.
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6/30 AL Mobile Promise Keepers
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6/30 WA Seattle Women of Faith Conference
7/1 NY Orchard Park Benny Hinn Special Event
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2. Farmers Take the Heat, but Big Ag Reaps the
Farm Bill Benefits
By David Moberg
In These Times - Monday
04 June 2007
The big winners in the
Farm Bill are not family farmers or consumers – it’s big corporate
3. Christianity and Violence: A Utopian Vision
[This is the
second-to-last essay in a series has reflected my views and not
"official" CVA positions.
It is being archived at
What would a society
grounded on Christian love look like? I offer one of several possible
utopian visions that accord with Christian values and beliefs. Members
of a community who were guided by “the faith of Christ” would love each
other and forgive each other’s shortcomings. They would honor, respect,
and even celebrate individuality and diversity.
They would then find
that they could relate to each other in a much more genuine manner, not
wearing the “masks” that hide their true feelings and beliefs in order
to gain social acceptance. Such integrity would allow people to feel
more comfortable with who they are, to have more meaningful
interpersonal relationships, and to grow personally and spiritually by
learning from each other.
restrict such openness. While taboos are grounded in the scapegoating
process, a culture based on Christian principles would be grounded in
In terms of rights,
responsibilities, and laws, a society guided by Jesus’ teachings would
offer freedom of faith and practice, as long as those practices did not
harm other individuals. It would place a high value on freedom of
thought, expression, and association, to protect against scapegoating
and other forms of abuse by those in power. Its laws would protect weak
and vulnerable humans and animals, which would still be needed as long
as some people did not have God’s law of love written on their hearts.
The government would
exist to meet the needs of its people. Public officials would regard
their positions as sacred responsibilities, and society would hold them
to a high standard in terms of performing their duties efficiently and
honorably. A society dedicated to the principles Jesus encouraged would
not seek grand wealth, making it a less attractive target for invasion.
would be no military, because it is always tempting for leaders to find
a pretense to use a military for purposes of conquest. However, if
neighboring communities were violent or aggressive, the lack of military
defenses would pose a grave risk. A community grounded in love might
not offer armed resistance to an invasion but might instead refuse to
cooperate with any invading force, even though such a policy might
result in brutal persecution.
non-cooperation would require a high degree of consensus among the
community’s members. However, our desires for self-preservation and for
the protection of family and friends, and our obligations to protect
vulnerable individuals, make this strategy seem unrealistic.
Consequently, there is violence in this world outside Eden, and, I do
not categorically renounce use of force. However, I see pacifism as a
Stephen R. Kaufman,