Paul’s Perambulations

January 21, 2013

Honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King with civil disobedience

Filed under: Love,Peace,Politics,Religion — admin @ 4:40 pm

I was arrested today at the King of Prussia facility of Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest war profiteer and nuclear weapons manufacturer. Today is the holiday when we particularly honor the birth and life of Martin Luther King. How better to do this than to act in accord with his own life and teachings? (more…)

October 4, 2012

Calling my Clearness Committee for a “peaceful uprising”

Filed under: Peace,Politics,Religion — admin @ 4:52 pm

I request a Clearness Committee meeting to consider the following:

I believe we have an entrenched oligarchy, and I support a peaceful uprising to replace it. We have lost our government, which is no longer “of the people, by the people, for the people.” (more…)

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…)

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