Comments for Assertive Spirituality http://assertivespirituality.com Because Sometimes We Stay Lost if We Stay Quiet Mon, 02 Mar 2020 17:33:17 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 Comment on In Which I Cut Open a Vein and Speak about My Divorce by DS Leiter http://assertivespirituality.com/2018/05/05/in-which-i-cut-open-a-vein-and-speak-about-my-divorce/#comment-16479 Mon, 02 Mar 2020 17:33:17 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=116#comment-16479 This makes my heart melt. Thank you for commenting. It makes me feel the vulnerability is worth it when there’s a positive impact like this. So many hugs.

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Comment on In Which I Cut Open a Vein and Speak about My Divorce by Sue http://assertivespirituality.com/2018/05/05/in-which-i-cut-open-a-vein-and-speak-about-my-divorce/#comment-16478 Mon, 02 Mar 2020 14:51:05 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=116#comment-16478 I am in tears. Thank you for this, DS Leiter. I’m reading this on 3/2/20 as I struggle with our daughter’s divorce. I have been a divorce bigot…”this ugly part of my soul”. My head knows it was the right decision for her but 65 years of divorce-is-wrong is hard to overcome. I desperately needed this.

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Comment on When Demonization Is Elevated and a Woman Tears It Up: The Religio-Political Rhetoric of the SOTU by Nora http://assertivespirituality.com/2020/02/09/religio-political-rhetoric-sotu-demonization/#comment-16477 Sun, 01 Mar 2020 14:06:09 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=1019#comment-16477 I too, grew up being forced to listen to limbaugh, and sometimes for hours at a time. My father had become a fan so whenever we drove anywhere, or the TV wasn’t on, that was the background. I would often protest that he sounded so hateful, but ultimately I had no say in the matter.
Through the years I watched a man who often said that a stranger was a friend he hadn’t met yet, a man who would bring the homeless for dinner, descend into fear, and ultimately hatred of anyone who didn’t agree with rush.
My parents raised me to be a feminist, saying they were feminists before the word was invented. Yet, he, a man who had fought in WWII, took to calling me a femnazi, because of rush.
They insisted I go to college, and then I became the educated elite. They raised me to enjoy the outdoors and nature, but then my environmentalism became a problem.
I could go on and on, but won’t. In the end, the poisons of fear and hatred took a huge toll on his health, and he was miserable for the last 20 years of his life.
Right wing media grew, and has perpetuated this phenomenon. Like many others, I am now estranged from what is left of my family, as I could only be in their presence by biting my tongue and accepting their verbal abuse.
Thank you for not approving comments that use their venomous language.

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Comment on When Demonization Is Elevated and a Woman Tears It Up: The Religio-Political Rhetoric of the SOTU by Wayne Bruchey http://assertivespirituality.com/2020/02/09/religio-political-rhetoric-sotu-demonization/#comment-16387 Thu, 13 Feb 2020 02:24:28 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=1019#comment-16387 Agree with this commentary.

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Comment on When Demonization Is Elevated and a Woman Tears It Up: The Religio-Political Rhetoric of the SOTU by DS Leiter http://assertivespirituality.com/2020/02/09/religio-political-rhetoric-sotu-demonization/#comment-16386 Thu, 13 Feb 2020 00:59:14 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=1019#comment-16386 Respectfully, it’s not my job to give a platform to aggressive voices spreading falsehoods that wound others. My site has a readership that has been hurt by language such as that you used on Sunday. Respectfully, I find their health more important than your right to hurt them, whether you meant to or not. Thanks!

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Comment on When Demonization Is Elevated and a Woman Tears It Up: The Religio-Political Rhetoric of the SOTU by Helen Louise Herndon http://assertivespirituality.com/2020/02/09/religio-political-rhetoric-sotu-demonization/#comment-16368 Mon, 10 Feb 2020 14:27:52 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=1019#comment-16368 Sorry, for this. Earlier, the first comment did not appear in the comment section.

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Comment on When Demonization Is Elevated and a Woman Tears It Up: The Religio-Political Rhetoric of the SOTU by Helen Louise Herndon http://assertivespirituality.com/2020/02/09/religio-political-rhetoric-sotu-demonization/#comment-16367 Mon, 10 Feb 2020 14:04:45 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=1019#comment-16367 I find it interesting that whenever someone’s blog gets a comment he/she does not agree with or that challenges, the comment is facilely deleted. What this reveals is some who claim to be Christian can’t deal with controversy and respond negatively toward those they should be willing to dialogue or discuss. Wasn’t Jesus an exemplar model of how those who love God can deal with one another and even with those who are on opposite sides of issues? How can we grow and deepen in even our faith when we are so closed-minded to our narrow views. I’m a published writer with articles that appeared in op-eds in quite a few major national newspapers and in many diverse Christian magazines, newspapers, and journals. Some of my articles have even been translated into other languages, I have found. But now I’ve come across two women with their personal blogs, and they want to challenge the world, but they do it by deleting other voices. Very sad, especially for a Christian witness, not to speak of intellectual or intelligent discourse. Perhaps I should write an article about the lack of evidence of open-mindedness and civil discourse, sadly by Christian women. Where’s the willingness to be engaged?

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Comment on MLK, “Nice,” the 81%, and the Silencing of Voices for Justice by David Cummer http://assertivespirituality.com/2020/01/18/mlk-nice-81percent-silencing-justice/#comment-16272 Thu, 23 Jan 2020 13:55:01 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=1008#comment-16272 I’m curious about something. Whenever I run across a post by someone that I want to respond to I go to their Facebook site to see if I’m understanding them correctly. From looking at yours it seems that you’re in exact opposition to what ASSERTIVE SPIRITUALITY stands for, so…why are you here?

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Comment on MLK, “Nice,” the 81%, and the Silencing of Voices for Justice by David Cummer http://assertivespirituality.com/2020/01/18/mlk-nice-81percent-silencing-justice/#comment-16271 Thu, 23 Jan 2020 13:44:24 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=1008#comment-16271 One thing I’ve noticed lately is that inevitably when progressive articles like yours are posted online the very first response is from some “nice” moderate saying, “Uh-uh, you’re completely wrong”. What they don’t realize is that they’re confirming the progressive thesis being promoted.

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Comment on MLK, “Nice,” the 81%, and the Silencing of Voices for Justice by DS Leiter http://assertivespirituality.com/2020/01/18/mlk-nice-81percent-silencing-justice/#comment-16261 Sun, 19 Jan 2020 18:55:59 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=1008#comment-16261 Hm…this is a bit hard to untangle, because it feels like you’re actually citing from here: https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/02/25/the-missed-opportunity-of-robert-woodson

The person you are speaking of is not Dr. King himself, and identifies strongly as a conservative Republican (black conservatives do exist, but there aren’t many of them, so clearly he’s not speaking for the race as a whole! I just saw a stat that 80% of black Americans think Trump is racist). In the article Woodson uses a lot of loaded terminology about “the left” in the same way that white Republicans do these days. His use of that terminology along with reducing critical theory to the straw man of “propaganda” means he’s engaging in the same practice of demonization he claims the left is engaging in, which undercuts his points about striving for “unity” a huge amount. And respectfully, the quotation I pulled directly from Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” shows that Woodson himself is twisting Dr. King’s words to support his own conservative view, since Dr. King is calling out the ways in which unity without healing is not helpful.

Finally, the Bible was written in collectivist cultures and talks all the time about our responsibility for our neighbor, taking care of the poor and widows and orphans, and offering hospitality to the stranger. Anyone imposing the “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” individualist myth to the Bible is being intensely anachronistic.

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Comment on MLK, “Nice,” the 81%, and the Silencing of Voices for Justice by Helen Louise Herndon http://assertivespirituality.com/2020/01/18/mlk-nice-81percent-silencing-justice/#comment-16259 Sun, 19 Jan 2020 12:18:42 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=1008#comment-16259 Robert L. Woodson’s article in the Wall Street Journal, “The Left Forgets What Martin Luther King Stood For”
Woodson views his own life’s experiences as the basis for his self-help model. One of five children of a single mother, Woodson, at nine, saw his best friend stabbed to death on the steps of their junior high school in Northeast Philadelphia. Later, at seventeen, alienated from his mother and performing poorly in school but determined not to join a gang, he dropped out of high school in 1954 and joined the U.S. Air Force.
From 1971 to 1973, Woodson headed the National Urban League’s Administration of Justice Division, followed by the Neighborhood Revitalization Project from 1973 to 1976, and had a fellowship with the American Enterprise Institute (1976–1981). Along the way, he gradually embraced conservative approaches to combating crime and poverty.
As you can see, he brings a life of experiences to the issues. We are being assaulted by a propaganda theory, Critical Theory, that will forever paint a picture of the oppressed/oppressor, where anyone and everyone black is oppressed and anyone and everyone white is the oppressor. Needless to say, unity will never be achieved as respective citizens when a whole group of people, more innocent than guilty, are forever demonized and another group is forever described as victimized. For those of us who know God’s Word, we know such collective identification is false and diminishes individual personal responsibility and values, as well as our common humanity.
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Comment on How to Push Back Against Demonization and Warmongering by DS Leiter http://assertivespirituality.com/2020/01/11/push-back-against-demonization-warmongering/#comment-16231 Sun, 12 Jan 2020 19:54:41 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=1004#comment-16231 You’re welcome!!! Thanks for commenting–I need the encouragement to keep going too. We all need each other so much.

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Comment on How to Push Back Against Demonization and Warmongering by Rebecca McConkey http://assertivespirituality.com/2020/01/11/push-back-against-demonization-warmongering/#comment-16229 Sun, 12 Jan 2020 12:58:32 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=1004#comment-16229 This could not have come at a more essential time in this relay-marathon we’re living. We are in this together and with morale-boosting and tool-providing blog posts like this, we can see the finish line more clearly. Thank you!

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Comment on Avoiding Emotional Fallacies in Resolutions: Toward a(nother) Year of Assertiveness by DS Leiter http://assertivespirituality.com/2020/01/03/avoiding-emotional-fallacies-resolutions/#comment-16220 Sat, 11 Jan 2020 01:39:04 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=999#comment-16220 I’m sooo glad to hear this! Keep at it!

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Comment on Avoiding Emotional Fallacies in Resolutions: Toward a(nother) Year of Assertiveness by Lynn Price http://assertivespirituality.com/2020/01/03/avoiding-emotional-fallacies-resolutions/#comment-16208 Mon, 06 Jan 2020 14:14:35 +0000 http://assertivespirituality.com/?p=999#comment-16208 Thanks, just what I needed! We live near Nogales, AZ, where people seeking asylum having finally made it to a legal USA process, are being put back across the border to make their way without legal representation to Juarez, 8 hours of danger. Today I will call and ask how to help.

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