Thursday, July 23, 2009

Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me. Amen

Just so there's no doubt.
I love everybody, even those folks who attack, argue or do thinks to provoke ire. I have lots of friends who don't agree with me on things such as politics, religion, literature, etc. but as far as I'm concerned they are still and always will be friends.
Having said that, there are some things I probably need to post to clear any misunderstandings.

1. I'm a Christian, but I don't think you have to go to church to be saved, and I don't accept the conservative right wing litmus test (whatever it is this week, month, year, etc.) See Luke 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised," summed up as "help others".
(And don't start about abortion. I'm pro-life, but we've had GOP Presidents galore since 1981 along with GOP controlled Congresses. Voting for them did nothing to lower the abortion rate. Voting for Democrats who help the poor did.

2. I voted for President Obama in 2008 and plan to do so again. I'm grateful every day to God that he is President. However I AM ASHAMED of my votes for Reagan in 80 and 84, and for Bush in 2000 and 2004. I know a bunch of my friends and former students and Facebook buddies who agree with me, and I know a bunch who don't. That's fine, but don't expect that telling me to listen to Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh or calling the President names will change my mind.

3. The Georgia Legislature should apologize for slavery and segregation. It really doesn't matter that much any more, but it would be a nice symbol and the right thing to do. Since it's the correct thing to do, I don't expect the Georgia Legislature to EVER do it, since they prefer to do the wrong thing as much as possible.

4. Our health care system is messed up and needs to be improved. It would be nice if what's left of the GOP could actually admit to this, but they won't.

5. I sometimes wish that the so called libertarians could get what they wish, and that we have no public schools, no publicly funded roads, no public police protection, no public fire departments, etc. After all, all that stuff is "Socialism" gasp, cough, gasp...I guess this would make them happy, you know, like living back in 1877 or 1859 when things were the "good ole days"...
Myself, I agree with the progressives like Theodore Roosevelt that some government is much better than the fantasy world of the Sara Palins and Joe the Plumbers...

6. I'm willing to debate anything, but what passes for debate on the web nowadays is simply name calling, usually juvenile, hateful, profane and racist (or "raciest" as a guy called me the other day).

7. I believe education is the key to a better world, and encourage everyone to read as much as possible, but read all viewpoints, not just a few. Having said that, education is not a panacea however. There will never be perfection in this world...

8. I don't believe we are anywhere near the "end times". I know loved ones who disagree, but since the world is a million times better off now than it was in, say 600 AD (CE) or 1348, or 999, or 1861 I'm just not convinced...

9. I don't think letting gay folks get married threatens my marriage in any way, shape, form or fashion. I'm a romantic at heart, and all for true love. Period.

10. If you don't agree with me on these, you can either (1) continue to be my friend and disagree with me (this is my preference) or (2) quit speaking to me or befriending me - I'm tender hearted, this will probably hurt my feelings for a minute or two, but then I'll survive. I'll still keep you in my prayers.

11. If you're a fan of Pulp magazines, adventure, fantasy, hard boiled mysteries, comedy, humor, good books, cats, dogs, movies, football, college and high school wrestling, track and field, music (especially the blues, rock, or classical), and life and other people in general, then we can probably find enough in common to continue to enjoy each other's real life and virtual (Facebook, etc.) company...

Best wishes regardless,


Anonymous said...

Well Coach I really enjoyed reading your blog! I found it quite inspiring. As for you stance, no matter where you stand and what you stand up for, your still a good egg in my book :) As a teacher you put up with a lot of.... well more than your share Im sure. I always looked forward to you classes. I actually payed attention to your lectures more so than in OTHER classes. You made school fun!! And for that I thank you!! May the thought of Hapeville High School always bring a smile to your face!

Your friend,

Van Stansel c/o 1988

Steven R. Harbin aka coachhollywood67 said...

Thanks very much Van, great to hear from you. Hope you are doing well!
Steve aka coach