Paul’s Perambulations

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 25, 2011

“Dieu le veult!” (“God wills it!”)

Filed under: Politics — admin @ 7:09 pm

“Dieu le veult! Dieu le veult!”  was the crowd’s response to the orchestrated call of Pope Urban II for a Holy Crusade. He goes on to say (more…)

June 22, 2011

Pierre Curie’s letter (1894) to his future wife Marie Curie.

Filed under: Politics,Work — admin @ 2:41 am

I found this letter of Pierre Curie to Marie Sklodowska, (1894) in Eve Curie’s bio of her mother. How little have things changed, except that in those days, even scientists still had a conscience. (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 18, 2011

Comment from the NYTimes re citizenship (not mine, but it speaks my mind).

Filed under: Peace,Politics — admin @ 11:24 pm

“Unlike more civilized patriotic Americans who support the Fundamentalist Christian Agenda of self-sufficiency and the caste system, during my long life of sin, I have (more…)

June 1, 2011

Why do people think I was ever a Hippie?

Filed under: Education,humor,Peace,Politics — Paul @ 11:43 am

Is Paul a Hippie? A colleague suggested this because I often wear a peace badge or peace T-shirts. OK, HUAC, I may be guilty of being a Quaker pacifist revolutionary socialist, and I have been a friend and fellow traveler of a number of  other peaceful revolutionary socialists over the decades, but I do affirm (I don’t swear— Quaker, remember) that I was never a hippie. (more…)

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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