Barry, is it a quality control issue if, as I fear, this guy's what the hiring official at the time actually *wanted*?
And who wants to bet that hiring official, who has since retired, now has a cushy gig at Focus on the Family?
You forgot to mention former County Commissioner Jim Bensberg, I believe I saw him in attendance at this meeting.
Misty -- The answer to your questions regarding a muslim working at the Academy is "yes." Yes, he would be allowed to practice his religious observances. As a federal employee, I have worked with many different types of religious people who have all been able to practice their religious observances -- head covers, fasting, prayer, holy day observances, etc. The practice of their personal religion is not the problem. The problem comes in when the religious (of whatever persuasion) deem it necessary to proselytize their beliefs during duty hours onto others who may be unwilling to partake... especially if the others are subordinate to the proselytizer. This creates a perception and atmosphere whereby if you aren't of the "correct religious persuasion" they may run the risk of being harmed in their jobs or careers. I've been subjected to this type of behavior in my own career, and have seen it happen to others. It's illegal and it needs to stop. Question for you: As a christian, if you worked in a predominantly jewish- or muslim-populated workplace, would you still think it proper for your jewish/muslim supervisor to proselytize his religion to you while you are at work?
Incredibly, there are still people who deny the myriad medical benefits of marijuana.
Raise the damned Severance Tax on the drillers and use the receipts to resolve the issues with used fracking fluids. Won't happen. Voters will vote NO. Drilling and pollution will continue. Resources will be poisoned. People will suffer, some will die.
Another TABOR success story. Thank you Doug Bruce, destroyer of Colorado.
Will it ever end....the obsession of some christians with other people's private lives?
I'll tell you what's "sick" and it isn't gay people; it's the religious right's obsession with who you sleep with and your private choice of reproductive decisions. Sick.
People everywhere (especially the USAFA) need to grow up, get over bigotries learned in their youth, live and let live, get religion out of all of our public institutions, and move on with vastly more important issues facing our nation.
I don't expect the USAFA to fire the guy, though they should; they'll do their usual circling of the wagons and defend him with tenacity.
I was in 10th grade social studies class when the news came. The school bus ride home that day lacked the usual Friday frivolity. Within days, record stores threw their stock of Vaughn Meader records into the dumpsters; it was a comedy record poking good-natured fun at the Kennedy white house. Retailers had ethics then.
Later, we heard that racists in the south were taking Kennedy half-dollars and drilling a hole in the likeness of JFKs head so they could put them on a chain and wear them around their neck in objection to JFK and the Civil Rights Act. Still too much racism around, i.e., GOP / TEA.
You have a special dad. Tell him we all said hello and that we love his son's work.
Amazing politician for CS! She was the only one that came to the local Pride Center to talk to their Board before the election to show her support for us and I was there to witness it! She really cares about all of the citizens here and I commend her for showing tolerance to our community and especially transgender people, especially after what happened with Coy's school's bathroom use fiasco. We need more people like her in local government!
I want to get involved with this! Who should I contact?
Yo, Palmer Park has an open area (not fenced) where on can run a dog - not the lame designated dog park. It's called yucca flats. Also, we are free to be unleashed in national forests.
All too appropriate, I suppose, that the Academy (with the help of taxpayers and donors) is spending over $30M to build a big Crystal Phallus that sits atop (astride?) the new CCLD (Center for Character--or that C for 'Christian?' I always forget--and Leadership Development.) It should inspire people like Rosebush every day!
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If he were a muslim would he be allowed to pray 3 times a day while at work? Would he be allowed to have his prayer rug with him when he prayed in a private room? Are muslims allowed to wear their religious garb while at work and paid in a governmental position? This country was founded by people who wanted freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. The amendment about religious freedom states that the state is not allowed to "establish" any particular religion but also it says that the state (government) is not allowed to prohibit the practice of one's religion. The Christian religion says that a believer is not supposed to hide his light under a bushel....also, Christ says that whosoever denies me in public him I will deny before my Father which is in Heaven. We are obligated as Christians to "let our light shine"...to not hide the fact that we are Christians. This does not mean that we preach at people while on the job but if the conversation comes up there is not one thing wrong constitutionally or otherwise, with sharing our faith in an acceptible manner or sharing it when one is asked. My goodness what is this country coming to. One has more religious freedom in modern day Russia than in the United States of America. By the way, being able to be noticeably a Christian has nothing to do with "taxpayer" dollars. Read the constitution and it's amendments.......read every word.
Wait, wait ... isn't it "Mahna Mahna"?
Rosebush's statement should be read with an understanding of the ideological meaning of such terms as "human dignity". Gay conversion therapists regard inborn sexual orientations (other than heterosexuality) as diminishing "human dignity". They seek to alter a person's adherence to the way the person was created - an undignified and destructive goal, effectively de-integrating the person's personality.
I don't think it is arts partnerships per say, but art partnerships which have become deeply entrenched in each others business plans and are no longer looking outside their own organizations for input and growth.
I would also assert that arts organizations that lack transparency and accountability to share holders and members are a liability, to themselves and arts organizations within the same community/network.
The arts can and should play a vital role in the development of a community. How we grab a participant's attention is vital. When we find a hook that works it is our responsibility to define it, hone it and use it to our best advantage. We need to reach out and find out why it works and build on that model. To turn our backs on the voices of the community is irresponsible. If we ask for their feedback and listen to their responses we are taking the 1st step in reengaging and restoring true community involvement in the local arts scene.
Supporting local arts is not about a snappy name or a boho, naive idea of what is art and what is not. There are plenty of arts communities in the US which have survived the crappy economy, built amazing arts communities and have done so without alienating the wide spectrum of artists within their communities.
There is a serious difference between partnership and domination. There is a serious difference between a thriving institution and an institution hanging on by the skin of its teeth. At some point there needs to be a serious assessment of the weaker institution's ability to reach its perceived audience. If they are failing their mission, the mission needs to be reassessed, perhaps restated and relaunched. That failing, they should restructure and/or fold so that a healthy institution can grow in its place.
Rosebush must go...can't wait to see how many Republicans demand his resignation...
You are freakin' kidding me. Rosebush is a charlatan, a pseudoscientist of the worst kind. Does the CCLD have any sort of quality control at all? This guy could never get a job at any other nationally ranked university in the country, but somehow manages to score a prestigious gig at USAFA. What's next? A phlebotomist in the cadet clinic? A flat earther teaching Geography?
I agree. Gathering public input and ignoring it is both an insult to those who show up and a recipe for an arts institution's death.
I also agree that change is essential. But your suggestion that arts partnerships are at the root of the problem might point us in exactly the opposite direction we need to go.
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