November 22, 2004

Clarify, please

Janet brought it my attention that the item below only links to negative reactions to Jemila's article. This is true, I explained, but it was all I could find when doing a Google search for "Jemila Monroe." I don't want to tear down Jemila, but there were no positive reviews resulting from that search. A search on "Why I Apologized the Planned Parenthood" produced more analysis, but most of it expressed similar sentiments. Usually, the positive reactions stopped at calling the article "interesting." Perhaps in the coming weeks, more people will react, thus increasing the article's visibility. It is also my assumption that people are more likely to write about what they disagree with, which is why I seem to find only negative writing, though I'm sure there are many people who view the article in a positive light. My own analysis will be coming soon, perhaps written tonight while Janet is at her last class of the semester.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Check out this link for a more positive review of Jemila Monroe's article.

http://northwestcc.faithsite.com/content.asp?CID=75629

Fr. Gassalasca Jape, S. J. said...

Is this what they teach you in those "Christian" colleges? To accentuate the positive and look out for Mr. Negative? What happened to the question of truth vs. falsity?

Anonymous said...

In Jesus (and I pray in Christians) lives grace and truth. Perhaps, Mr. Jape you have become fixated on truth to the exclusion of grace. I think the term for that is Pharisee.

Anonymous said...

Hey, although this is "Anonymous", it's LIZ. I was actually in that Bioethics class with Jamila and can specifically remember the topic, comment, and eyeing the response in the room. I praise Jamila for her willingness to stand up and speak her mind. It takes great conviction to follow your heart on a whim and I think that if it didn't affect a whole community or city, even that one person who heard the message of grace and love had a better day because of that moment with Jamila's family. As encouraged I am that Jamila stood up, I do think that there is some sterotypical thoughts on issues such as abortion, among many others, that deserve a closer look by the Christian community. Everyone shouled remember to take a closer look before your judgement is spoken or expressed next time. Have a great day!

Fr. Gassalasca Jape, S. J. said...

Will my question go unanswered?

Another blogger replies here: http://www.souldevice.org/rant_noapologies.html

Fr. Gassalasca Jape, S. J. said...

Following their hearts on a whim of grace and christlike love--the UCC versus all the homophobic churches:
http://japery.newpantagruel.com/2004/12/01/christus_pantolerator.php

So let's talk about the limits of tolerance for Christians.

Anonymous said...

Here's a link with a balanced perspective.

http://midwesternmugwump.typepad.com/midwesternmugwump/2004/10/apologies_and_j.html

anonymous said...

Well, Mr. Doug Beaumont's "no apologies" piece on souldevice.org had me absolutely in stitches. Reading his rant made me feel like I was sitting in my own feces in a dusty closet full of mothballs. Doug, if you want anyone to take your writing seriously, you have to watch those typos and grammatical errors. That matter aside, you have exposed yourself as one of the horde of pedantic and narrow-minded so-called "Christians" who make the truly "morally and theologically" loving Christians, and even Jesus, look bad to the world we're supposed to love. Your sarcastic parenthetical note to the author to read up on the facts of life was the perfect touch; that is, of course, if your intention was to come across as a beaten-down, arthritic horse limping over to partake of a trough full of slop.
Doug, your arguments are as tired and worn-out as an ultra-marathon runner at the 50-mile marker. It's so sad to see such cliched misguidedness in action. Why do you and so many others place yourselves in a box of righteousness that doesn't fit you? You want a logical fallacy? Here's one for you: God is impotent and powerless and therefore is unable to work through people's hearts and spirits to make things right. Not true? When you espouse to take the mantle of moral superiority, even in the name of your convictions, this is in effect what you are foolishly communicating to the world. You may not think there is anything to apologize for, but regardless, I forgive you.

"Hypocrites, how rightly Isaiah prophesied about you when he said, 'This people honors me only with lip service, while their hearts are far from me.'" Matthew 15: 7-8

See you in heaven, Doug - when it's all said and done with we'll look back at this and laugh with heavenly fruits in our hands, as we marvel at the crystal city.

Amen, brother.

Fr. Gassalasca Jape, S. J. said...

Not if one of you dies in mortal sin.

At any rate, it's easy to pick on Beaumont & his grammar. (Not that it's much better in some of the comments here.) What of the more substantial critiques?

Anonymous said...

Midwestern Mugwump is not fair and balanced--he just beats around the bush and stays vague with a few broad unexplained assertions. Looks like another person afraid of making judgements on certain issues.

Anonymous said...

There is a difference between making judgments about people and making judgments about issues. It all comes down to which you value more: Law or Grace. I think Jesus was quite clear on his position, as was Paul. I dare you everyone who is disagreeing about Ms. Monroe's article to stop for one second and pray for each other. Then pray for someone you know who is pro-choice. Then pray for the person in your family that you can't stand the most. If we all do this, we will be on our way to being Christ-like.

Fr. Gassalasca Jape, S. J. said...

Who is making judgments about people exclusive of their actions, and how do you know what and how others are praying?

Anonymous said...

We are called by Jesus to love people INSPITE of their sins. No one's talking about judging anyone apart from actions; we're talking about choosing to follow Jesus in treating people lovingly despite their actions.