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A response to ‘Stoning of Sally Kern’

Kern needs to learn that America is diverse.


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Scott Jones
My first experience of Rep. Sally Kern was in 2005 when she was leading the effort to get books she perceived as having a gay theme banned from public libraries in Oklahoma.
 
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Where are Oklahoma's core values?


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Scott Jones
Five years ago when I returned home to Oklahoma, it was with the conviction that Oklahomans were fair, decent, compassionate people. In the effort to advance human and civil rights, surely Oklahomans ...
 
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dispatch from the future


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Scott Jones
An excerpt from the high school textbook "The Story of Oklahoma," fourth edition, published in 2057:The second decade of this century began during the "Great Recession," which initially did not affect...
 
Thursday, May 27, 2010

What divides us?


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Scott Jones
These days, as the ground keeps moving out in Jones, I ponder the cultural earthquake and re-drawing of the political landscape we have been going through.  It will probably surprise you to learn that...
 
Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Anti-Family Act of 2010'


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Scott Jones
Consider that young couple with the beautiful children. Picture the kids' smiles, their laughter, their infectious joy.Now imagine the world without those children. The couple not raising a family. Gr...
 
Thursday, March 11, 2010

The power of persuasion


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Scott Jones
In the fall 2009 issue of Christian Ethics Today, Mennonite theologian Tripp York published an article titled "The Subtle Atheism of Being Pro-Life." A provocative title indeed.York's thesis is that w...
 
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Marriage a private matter


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Scott Jones
Well, it seems that in this legislative session we are going to debate divorce. With all our fiscal troubles, I'm sure you didn't have that on your list of legislative priorities for the year.The prop...
 
Thursday, January 21, 2010

Religious diversity


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Scott Jones
At the 62nd annual Interfaith Thanks-giving Service held at Temple B'Nai Israel on Nov. 24, the featured speaker was Imad Enchassi, the imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City. This was t...
 
Thursday, December 24, 2009

Terrorizing groups is wrong


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Scott Jones
On Sunday, Oct. 18, Brandon Patrick, a 23-year-old Tulsa man, was beaten and attacked with a knife just after leaving his apartment. According to Patrick, the assailants hurled slurs at his sexual ori...
 
Thursday, November 12, 2009

A 'cooperative affair'


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Scott Jones
Lately, I've been intending to read some of Will Rogers' writings. Not only is he Oklahoma's favorite son, but he was a popular writer of cultural and political commentary in his day. Only 10 months i...
 
Thursday, October 1, 2009

Protecting all our students


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Scott Jones
On Aug. 25, Joe Quigley, an Oklahoma City Public Schools teacher, was reinstated. Oklahoma County District Judge Barbara Swinton ruled that he had been wrongfully terminated. Quigley has been prom...
 
Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cracks in health care


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Scott Jones
The mother of one of my congregants recently died of cancer. When the cancer was discovered, it had progressed to the point of being untreatable. She had been in pain for a while, but like many folk, ...
 
Thursday, August 13, 2009

The last throes


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Scott Jones
At the risk of being proven wrong like our former vice president, I think the right-wing insurgency in Oklahoma is in its last throes, as evidenced by the absurd political theatre of the "Proclamation...
 
Thursday, July 16, 2009

Point: Equal protection before the law


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Scott Jones
It was a beautiful, sunny evening on Saturday, June 6, as my husband, Michael, and I were married here in an Oklahoma City park in front of 200 of our family and close friends. The officiating Baptist...
 
Thursday, June 25, 2009

Capitol ironies


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Scott Jones
In November 1972, 82-year-old historian Angie Debo, preaching in her home church in Marshall, took for her topic the "unholy power of what Eisenhower called the 'military industrial complex.'" Accordi...
 
Thursday, May 7, 2009
 
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