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Ethics: Speaking Out or Remaining Comfortably Silent?

From: Richard M.
Sent on: Friday, December 24, 2010 6:05 PM
1. The Corporate Sell

Churches, corporations, political parties and zealots are NOT AT ALL SHY about telling us their opinions. They come at us in our homes through the front door, TV, radio and telephone. Presenting some idea or version of truth. They hope we will believe them or failing that, at least keep quiet.

Should we?

I know an ex-Mormon who sent a letter to Salt Lake City threatening violence to the next ?Saint? who knocked on his door. He put a restraining order on the Mormon Church.

2. The Interpersonal Sell

People have opinions that we may wildly disagree with yours. Maybe they are misinformed and would benefit from hearing a different version. Do you have any obligation to inform them or share your alternate version of reality?

In the age of the LOW INFORMATION VOTER, maybe Obama is an alien invader from some African Communist Nazi regime.
Maybe tax breaks for billionaires do create jobs.
Maybe Saddam Hussein was able to destroy America.
Maybe people don?t need health care.
Maybe the rapture will take the guy at the front door to heaven.
Maybe global warming is a conspiracy of all scientists to steal our?something.
Maybe gays will destroy the military.
Maybe George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were evangelical Christians.
Maybe the world is only 6,000 years old.
Maybe Jews do kidnap Christian children to make matzo balls.
Maybe Palestinians really are subhuman cretins with souls of pure evil.
Maybe you can get a 737 through a ten foot hole without leaving a mark on the Pentagon wall.
May our government should operate in absolute secrecy.
Maybe everything you?ve ever read about everything, is wrong.

Are you supposed to nod quietly in agreement? Express you wonderment of such miracles? Hide your suspicion that something is not quite right? Ask questions, scoff, laugh, agree, run away?

What is the moral thing to do?

Sunday, 10:30 AM, Purist Cafe, downtown Portland on Ash Street.

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