Wednesday, August 24, 2016

BOOK YOUR TICKETS FOR THE 3rd ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S RIGHTS



On Nov. 11 and Nov. 12, in London, at the Emmanuel Centre, the International Children's Rights Institute will partner with Christian Concern for Our Nation and the Christian Legal Centre for its third annual conference. This year's theme is "The New Normal." The Eventbrite is set up right now for Nov. 12 here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-new-normal-tickets-26945911948

The additional schedule for Nov. 11 will soon be added. Included in these events is the world premiere of SUNLIGHT, a two-act play summarized this way:


SUNLIGHT, by Robert Oscar Lopez and Michelle Shocked, is a two-actor play chronicling the lives of an artist and a scholar, both drawn to the Gospel after early life struggles, striving to stay true to the line from Philippians 4:8 ("Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things"), while still seeking to be bold, truthful, and steadfast in their faith. Their respective struggles with political lobbies form the two spires of the play's plot. 

On Nov. 11, the focus will be more academic and will examine the Christian basis for resistance to the normalization of disturbing sexual ideas directed at children. Details for Friday are available here:

http://englishmanif.blogspot.com/2016/06/deadline-to-submit-paper-to-this.html

On Nov. 12, the focus will be more on political activism and practical plans for change. 

Get your tickets and spread the word! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cause it fits this one!




Make sure to check out the archive of CogWatch podcasts:

http://cogwatchpodcast.blogspot.com

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Looking Like the Enemy--the Creepy Feeling when People think Ricardo Lara's pic is mine

Ricardo Lara is a chubby Latino from southern California who wants to put Christian colleges out of business. He's gay. He represents Bell, California, that place full of corruption where the officials were wildly overpaid. (See here.) His latest scheme is Senate Bill 1146, which would force Christian colleges to drop any requirements that students live chaste lifestyles, attend religious services, or learn the Bible, because, according to Lara, these types of things discriminate against LGBTs who may want to go to Christian colleges without being reminded that Christianity forbids sodomy.

So in other words, Ricardo Lara isn't someone who shares a lot with me in terms of viewpoints. But someone pointed out to me that he does share my black hair, skull shape, facial bone structure, bushy eyebrows, dimples, and build. And upon close examination, by golly, there is something to this. I understand why several people thought I was posting pictures of myself when I was posting articles about Lara on Facebook and pics of the state senator were automatically attached. Here are a few side by sides:


Which one's Lopez and which one's Lara?

a.

b.


2. Which of these is a chaste Southern Baptist, and which is a homosexual Democrat?

a.


b.

3. Which of these is an elected official from Bell, and which is a professor from the San Fernando Valley?

a.

b.


4. Which of these two men wants to share the good news of Christianity, and which of these two men wants to put Christianity out of business in California?

a.

b.

Just to give you some background history, in the late 1990s, when I was a lot thinner, I was repeatedly mistaken for Andrew Cunanan, the gunman who killed Gianni Versace:


So I have a history of being confused with other notorious brown people. But most importantly, I am not Ricardo Lara, and I have this message for him:



Senate Bill 1146 is bad for LGBTs because many LGBTs are Christian!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Make America Great Again!


Between now and November, this is what REALLY REALLY matters. We have got to get Trump elected, and then stay on top of him.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Dr. J R Morse talks Marilyn Monroe and the Sexual Revolution, five decades after her suicide

On this day, 54 years ago, Marilyn Monroe died. Listen to this...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Reverse Sexism in Action: Women who leave the gay community suffer nowhere near the kind of blowback as ex-gay men

This is an absolute must-listen to complement the previous podcasts on men leaving the gay lifestyle.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Martryed Ivy League Doctor Won't Lie about Gay Sex

Sometimes when you are debating gender and sexuality you might feel like the staked are merely spiritual, political, or moral. Not so. Dr. Paul Church, Cornell-educated urologist, knows a lot about the biological damage of sodomy. Even if there weren't infectious diseases (and there are many), Church says the trauma caused to the male bowels from repeated sodomy is serious damage on its own. This podcast is not for the faint of heart, but it is indispensable for understanding what is really stake in debates about LGBT.



Thursday, July 21, 2016

Let's Move Past Dirty Politics

Two podcasts giving folks hope that we can reconcile after very nasty rifts due to political rivalries.

Between Cruz and Trump fans:



Between Trump and Clinton fans:



Friendships across political lines are possible.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016

CogWatch 46 -- Conservative Minorities and the "Teachable Moment"

Shirley Husar and I try to work through the swirling currents of racial strife, from a conservative Christian vantage point.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Joseph Sciambra on leaving homosexuality and building a chaste life with Jesus Christ

It was an honor and joy to do this interview with former pornographic performer and Catholic convert Joseph Sciambra:

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Saturday, July 2, 2016

My interview with Sandy Rios

This interview aired recently:

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Am I dreaming? Did the UK just leave the EU?

Wow! I am delighted to see the headlines that the neo-liberal corporate-overlord international Brahmin caste is losing its diabolical hold over the local, the authentic, the common! Great news!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Heaven Help Us: Univison Headline Is "Omar Mateen Liked to Be Cuddled"

Speechless--well almost, I managed to get through a half hour of discussion of this madness:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

CogWatch 43 -- Orlando, the history of propaganda, and the need for critical thinkers

Stella Morabito joins me for this podcast trying to make sense of the propagandistic reactions to the Orlando massacre. How can Soviet history and other histories -- even the Aeneid by Virgil -- help us be critical and skeptical readers of press in the aftermath of tragedies?

Monday, June 20, 2016

Deadline to submit a paper to this conference is July 15th!!!! Don't Miss Out!







The “Child” in Judeo-Christian Philosophy

full name / name of organization: 

International Children’s Rights Institute and Christian Concern (United Kingdom)


London, United Kingdom

November 11-12, 2016



contact email: 

waltwhitman2007@gmail.com

Website:



http://englishmanif.blogspot.com

Deadline for proposals: July 15, 2016

Scholars at all levels encouraged to submit (Panels will be grouped to respect different tiers of expertise depending on submissions)

Over the past decade, the notion of “children’s rights” has become highly contested, both in political and academic terms. On the one hand, many self-proclaimed progressive groups have invoked the rights of children to promote sexual education, same-sex parenting, and transitional treatment for “transgender minors” as young as toddlers. Such progressive citations of “children’s rights” often raise the interests of children as a counterpoint against the objections of parents’ rights, especially parents with religious values. On the other hand, “children’s rights” have been invoked by dissenters from mainstream liberal politics. Both radical feminists and adoption reformists on the left, as well as social conservatives on the right have asserted that children’s interests should not be dictated by adults who overlook other issues in “the best interests of the child.” For instance, what of the child’s universal rights to matrilineal and patrilineal heritage, normal sexual development, or pathway to membership in the religious mores of their parents?


While the tension between these two branches of “children’s rights” has played out in many secular forums, such as the United Nations Human Rights Council, it is most apparent in the area of religion. Religious institutions and religious parents are most often confronted with the choice between raising children according to their faith and cooperating with secular liberal demands about children. 


For this conference, all disciplines in the humanities, ranging from English and philosophy to history and art, are asked to address the dilemma of children’s rights in Christian thought. The hosts of this conference would like to solicit paper proposals for two panel topics in particular:


Panel 1: Depictions of Children in Sacred Texts or in Artistic Works by Religious Writers


Panel 2: Obligations to Children in Jewish and Christian Law


The moment to confront the role of children in Judeo-Christian philosophy is long overdue. Children have been a perennial weak spot among philosophers. For example, two of the dominant ethical theories, Kantianism and utilitarianism, have a difficult time making sense of our deeply held intuitions about how children ought to be treated. Kantianism, for instance, claims that people have rights because they have rational agency; the problem is, children have only incomplete rational agency, so it seems difficult for Kantians to defend the claim that children should have the same rights that adults have. 

Utilitarianism claims that all that is of ethical significance is pleasure and pain; thus, it winds up seeing young children as having no more ethical significance than have chimpanzees or dolphins. A recent book by S. Matthew Liao called The Right to Be Loved argues that children have a right to the affections of others. But where does this lead us? Who is assigned the power to determine whether the child is loved and whether the affection shown to the child matches an acceptable definition of “love”?

In the practical sense, what does this mean for Jewish or Christian schools and parents who grapple with demands from secular governments, which may conflict with their faith background?



Areas of focus may include, but are not limited to:

·       artistic renderings of the infant Jesus
·       adoption and birth certificates
·       narratives of childbirth, infertility, and pregnancy in Jewish and Christian scriptures
·       sex education
·       transgender surgeries for Jewish and Christian children
·       religious schools and government mandates on curriculum
·       how important Jewish and Christian authors depicted children
·       the history of laws regarding children in Judeo-Christian societies
·       divorce, unmarried parents, and orphans

The above is not an exhaustive list. Interested parties may send a proposal for a 15-20 minutes presentation to waltwhitman2007@gmail.com . Please include a bio or brief CV. The proposal should be 250-350 words. Requests for a audio-visual accommodations should be included in the initial proposal.


The conference will be held in London, England, on Nov. 11-12, coinciding with the American observance of Veterans Day.

This recent talk by Prof. Robert Oscar Lopez provides a lot of background detail on "children's rights":

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Interviews with Janet Mefferd and Steve Deace


I also was interviewed by Steve Deace for his national show: I set in around 40:00 in--




Tuesday, June 14, 2016

My statement on CSUN communications

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