address, workshop presentation and encouraging remarks not only
energized the summit participants but outlined some practical
steps for community as well as individual action. People in these
settings are always wondering how it affects them or what they
can do. You successfully answered those questions and challenged
our traditional thinking, which as you pointed out, is the greatest
barrier to change. Your wit and humor were a highlight of the
Charles S. Beard Executive Director St. Luke's Foundation
There are so
many important issues that our current media are unable or unwilling to discuss,
issues that deeply affect our society. I will, along with friends, write essays
on topics of interest. Please feel free to comment. I often use this material
when asked specific questions by audiences after my speeches. Most of the
people I have met at conferences around the world do care about these issues.
Brief Topic Description
Presidential Creationism? - March 18, 2003Top
The re-emergence of religion in politics is a trend that has our highest official
as its most influential advocate. In recent weeks President Bush's personal
view of, and reliance on, religion in his policy-making activities has come
to the attention of the national media. This attitude has widespread implications
for science, health and education. President Bush's political beliefs involving
a "divine plan" in his presidency is just a heartbeat away from advocacy of
and the order of the Phoenix,” is about to hit the bookstores (midnight June
21st). Millions of children worldwide will stand in line to buy the fifth
book about the orphan wizard. Six and a half million books are being printed
for the U.S. market alone. Why, what is it about Harry that has captured children’s
imaginations? Why is there controversy over these books?
Turning Violent: What happens
to some of our children?
Many Americans are feeling a kind of free-floating anxiety about being attacked.
The probability statistics on crime or terrorism don’t match our fears. Personal
assaults and murders have been declining. But we read stories in our newspapers
about violence that chill our hearts. The stories, if we do not understand
them, create a malaise, pessimism about our future. Why are we not safer?
Telling a new storyTop
Stories are a way for our hearts and minds to hold onto many bits of data
about who we are and who we want to be. “The Ugly Duckling” reminds children
that you can never tell what you’ll be like when you grow up so hang in there.
Stories of war usually offer examples of courage under fire to inspire us.
Medals and awards tell stories of achievement. The Bible offers stories of
One of the headlines in my newspaper keeps coming back. “African Americans
Want Reparations” for past injustice. Lots of other groups do too. Holocaust
survivors want corporations to apologize and compensate them for not paying
insurance claims after WWII or using slave labor to build their industries.
Iraq will want an apology one day, from us, not Saddam. No one asks dictators