Paul’s Perambulations

August 7, 2012

Was “America” attacked on 9/11?

Filed under: Politics,Religion — admin @ 9:41 pm

We hear that this country was attacked on 9/11. Correction, this country was never seriously attacked. Bin Laden intentionally (and brilliantly, if we can credit his intelligence and not his morals) attacked a particularly diseased segment of this country (more…)

July 5, 2012

Whither Occupy?

Filed under: Education,Peace,Politics,Religion — admin @ 6:23 pm

Fran and I attended the Occupy National Gathering that was held in Philadelphia the week of July 4th, 2012. For part of the time we were a Friendly Presence assigned to the parking area (actually, the old grave yard) of the Meeting House at 4th and Arch Streets, where Occupiers congregated and slept at night. We were (more…)

May 20, 2012

Fran (and Paul) and Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) walk to Pittsburgh.

Filed under: Education,Politics,Religion — admin @ 2:35 pm

PNC bank funds mountain top coal mining that destroys the environment. This includes poisoning rivers and streams, and one result of this is a documented increase in disease and birth defects in the immediate vicinity of this work. But what can you do (more…)

April 12, 2012

Do old people get “X” rated?

Filed under: humor,Love,Religion — admin @ 4:04 pm

The average duration for sex is said to be about twenty minutes.  You might think that was reasonable. But wait. Most recently, Fran and I leaped (more…)

April 8, 2012

On Easter — What/Who is a Christian?

Filed under: Religion — admin @ 2:50 pm

Interesting that of all my friends’ Easter-related Facebook posts today, exactly one was a traditional religious message. Most posts represented secular spin-offs from Easter, while a few related to spring and the attendant seasonal renewal. I’m a universalist Quaker who could be indentified with faithfulness to continuing revelation in the Christian tradition (there’s a book in those words – must ask in person if interested). I may not be “traditional” but at the same time am not really comfortable with an emphasis on the accoutrements of Easter (eggs, clothing, food, etc.). Family gatherings are beautiful, and if this is the opportunity, that’s wonderful. But that does not make it Easter.

April 6, 2012

Fran – my partner in crime (?) at Lockheed-Martin

Filed under: Politics,Religion — admin @ 2:11 pm

On Good Friday of 2012, Fran and I attended the annual Brandywine Good Friday observance at Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest military manufacturer and war profiteer. On this occasion, Fran chose to enter the grounds of Lockheed Martin (more…)

August 6, 2011

Arrested at Lockheed Martin (world’s largest military profiteer) on Hiroshima Day.

Filed under: Politics,Religion — admin @ 4:08 pm

Today I walked onto the grounds of Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest war profiteer, to ask employees to reconsider their working on nuclear-related systems that, instead of obliterating whole cities and killing 100,000 people at a time as in August 1945, could potentially obliterate the whole world and kill billions. I was arrested in the process. (more…)

June 26, 2011

Do you choose to sing or not sing the Star Spangled Banner?

Filed under: Love,Peace,Religion — admin @ 10:57 pm

This CNN Belief Blog discusses the reaffirmation at Goshen College to not play the Star Spangled Banner at athletic events. For some people our national anthem is seen as so militaristic as to be offensive to religious conscience and not good for this country. (more…)

June 19, 2011

“Give me your tired, your poor. Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” – NOT!

Filed under: Peace,Politics,Religion,Work — admin @ 10:25 pm

I have acquaintances who ask why the United States is accepting refugees from the Burma struggle, particularly when we are in a recession   Why do we give them our jobs? I explain  (more…)

June 1, 2011

Memorial Day thanks to the pacifists who prevent war

Filed under: Education,Peace,Religion — Paul @ 11:35 am

My special Memorial Day thanks are for those who have peacefully devoted their lives to the cause of peace. I hold in memory that we did NOT have WWIII with the Soviet Union and am grateful to the leadership of the peace movements (many were WWII pacifists such as A.J. Muste), who I believe did more to prevent wars and keep Korea and Vietnam from going nuclear (which almost happened), than any soldiers I know. (more…)

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