The Golden Rule is such a hallowed
touchstone of civilized behavior that every generation finds new
ways to capture its power to inform.
"Do unto others as you would have others
do unto you"
"What's good for the goose, is good for the gander"
"What goes around comes around"
"Do not pass judgment until you've walked a mile in another
"There is not a man beneath the canopy of heaven who does not
know slavery is wrong; for him" - -Frederick Douglas
Some people live by the Golden Rule, while others
need to be reminded. It is amazing how frequently a person will
cleave tightly to their opinion as both right, reasonable and applicable
to all, only to suddenly realize if their opinion were in the minority,
how much they might chafe under the moral certitude of others....
argument for school prayer usually claims school prayer is so banal
as to be a generic plea to a generic god. But, if the proponents of
school prayer truly believe their particular version is fair, then
(by the Golden Rule) they should not mind if the Pledge of Allegiance
says "one nation, under Gods", or "one nation, under
the watchful eye of the Earth Mother", or so on. Since presumably
this alternative wording might be found offensive by the very people
advocating prayer in school, and since there is ample opportunity
for organized religion outside of school, and private thoughts throughout
the day, prayer should be prohibited in school and in other governmental
If a women earning 80 cents for every dollar a man
earns in the same job is fair, then a man should be willing to toss
a coin, and swap salaries with a women coworker. If a white man
protests being searched every time they board a plane, because their
name is Tim McVay, then they should fight against the racial profiling
of Arabs simply because of 911's connection to the Middle East.
Equal rights for others, is nothing more than equal
rights for yourself.
Yes, there are circumstances (such as the overused
"ticking bomb" scenario) where torture is reputed to be
justified. But, do we really want other countries to achieve their
moral goals by torturing American soldiers or civilians? If we cannot
stomach the idea of an American being kidnapped and held in secret
for years by a foreign government or organization- how can we do
the same to other citizens of the world? Torture is almost never
justified, and we reserve the most severe accountabilities for torturers
and ethnic murders.
In those extremely rare circumstances where the
"ticking bomb" upends all four Core Values of Democracy,
torture can be justified. BUT, the barrier to that decision must
be higher than our usual protection against search, seizure, self-incrimination,
etc. Our most recent experience with torture lowered the barrier
of proof and oversight- and thus violated our most hallowed core
Religion in School
Absolutely! To deny the role of religion in history,
or its role in the live of our citizens, is to deny reality. Of
course, the Golden Rule and the Freedom to Be teaches us that a
course on religion must be even handed- not preferring by word or
by inference one religion over another. It must fairly describe
the successes, as well as the failures of religious belief through
the ages. If a school is incapable of fairly portraying religion,
and avoiding coercion of its students, then our Responsibility to
others may require independent third parties to teach or audit such
Since religion is usually first taught by family
or ashram, religious courses in school might need to be delayed
until High School, when students are more capable of dealing with
opinions which may differ strongly with their upbringing.
civil unions or marriages, ...
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