May 12th, 2003


Secret Service Question Students.

"It happened at Oakland High. The discussion was about the war in Iraq. That's when two students made comments about the President of the United States. While the exact wording is up for debate, the teacher didn't consider it mere criticism, but a direct threat and she called the Secret Service.

Even worse, they say, is the fact that the students were grilled by federal agents without legal counsel or their parents present, just the principal.

"When one of the students asked, 'do we have to talk now? Can we be silent? Can we get legal council?' they were told, 'we own you, you don't have any legal rights.'""

taken from

Fantasy: the Great Spiritual Hope?

yes, the title is ironic.

but the point is worth noting, that fantasy, in its popularity, is a very spiritual genre: gods go walking, destiny takes place, and there's always a place for people after death. it's like a working copy of our world, if the christian god was being the kind of god that i suspect many would like. after all, who wouldn't like a god to show an interest in your life, and offer you the chance to set the world right for them?

the question for me, however, is just how spiritual a race are we? the answer, i think, is quite high. i remember reading that in the states, fifty six percent of the population were willing to vote for a gay president, while only ten percent were willing to vote for an atheist president. in austraila, we're not nearly as hung up over god and religion in politics, but it's interesting to note that the prime minister, as far i am am aware, has never been an atheist. not, of course, that any australian has the ability to vote for who will be prime minister, but that's neither here nor there, and an entirely different conversation that begins with, 'why i don't vote'.

back to the original conversation: taking as a yes that we are a spiritual bunch of humans, and that the majority of us believes in something, even as simple as the agnostic approach, then is it such a surprise to find that a genre which offers the interactions of god(s) is so popular?

this is, of course, just the question. it lacks the discussion, the conclusion, even the referencing of a well thought out argument.
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