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June 14, 2023 08:06 AM UTC

Wednesday Open Thread

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  • by: Colorado Pols

“Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstances confronting him.”

–Thomas Aquinas

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  1. From NYT story on Berlusconi before 2001 Italian election:

    In any self-respecting democracy it would be unthinkable that (the top candidate) would recently have come under investigation for, among other things, money-laundering, complicity in murder, connections with the Mafia, tax evasion and the bribing of politicians, judges, and the tax police…He won the election anyway.

      1. Yes, however, a country (“a self-respecting democracy”) can limit the stupidity and its harm with strong institutions, education, and the rule of law.

        But, strong institutions and education cost money.  And, knowledge and the rule of law is sometimes inconvenient to the “freedoms” of oligarchs and autocrats.  So now we have stupid as both an enabler, and the goal, of authoritarians, the right, and our modern GOP.

        1. One such institution that can enable stupidity would be the media, and Berlusconi had some size of a media empire. Obviously media can play an outsized role in democracy by miseducating low-info voters. We've got our Fox here in the States, then you could look at problems like OAN, Truth Social, and right-wing incursions into other media whether it's social or not.

        2. Sadly, you cannot force-feed knowledge into an unwilling recipient's head. It is a waste of time, money and effort. It is also unfair to those who want to receive knowledge and information.

          We will always have stupid low-information people amongst us. (I know. It is not PC to call people "stupid.") The euphemism is "low information.")

          I have several members of my family who are ignorant and proud of it. It makes life simpler and less frustrating when one is not overwhelmed with information to process.

           

            1. Seems like maybe understatement for some — "willfully fucking ignorant moron" or maybe just "willfully fucking ignorant"?  (Does seem to require a "fucking" somewhere though, IMO . . .)

  2. The Southern Taliban Convention has decided that Wimmins cain't be no preacherman no more!

    The letter in October came as a shock to Linda Barnes Popham, who had been pastor of Fern Creek Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, for 30 years, the first woman to lead her congregation. She had served in ministry even longer, since she started as a pianist at age 16.

    But now, she read in the letter, officials of the Southern Baptist Convention had received a complaint about her church being led by a woman. The denomination was investigating, it said.

    https://youtu.be/e4q6eaLn2mY

     

    1. Remember, it was only a century or two ago that most of them accepted the idea that women were actually human beings and not merely jezebels and temptresses. 

      BTW, whoever expected Rick Warren to be accused of being as a progressive and a feminist (of sorts)?

    2. The most the Southern Baptists could do would be to refuse to seat the congregation's delegates at their Assembly, remove them from lists of "Southern Baptist" congregations, and whinge about how a woman ought not be a pastor.  I don't even think they can force the church congregation to stop using the word "Southern" in the name. I'm figuring that the Southern Baptist rigidity is likely to trigger even more congregations to leave, and even more individuals (like Jimmy Carter) to leave, too. They can explain away the trend, I suppose … but the numbers are pretty clear:

      https://research.lifeway.com/2023/05/09/southern-baptists-decline-in-membership-grow-in-attendance-baptisms/

       

      One of my sisters is an ordained minister, following in the footsteps of female pastors we had at the congregation I grew up in.

       

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