Fishing Boats
Occasional Picture May 2017

The assuring view of fishing boats.

Fishing Boats

© 2016 Marina Rundell



Fetus is saved
survives teenage
foster-home years
to grow into an adult

who is restricted
and must not enter
public restrooms
as a transgender

who was defended
and now banned
because we stand fixed
on our fixed view

not for your sake,
J Doe, but for ours,
with love.

© 2017 Marina Rundell


Excerpt from The 7 Dumbest Relationship Mistakes Smart People Make by Carolyn N. Bushong:

“Many people do believe that the concepts of right and wrong are absolute and beyond discussion. This is particularly true when it comes to religion and politics, where some people define themselves by their beliefs. With many points of view on any subject, it would seem impossible for any way to be the only right one. Yet for some people, there really is only one right way, and everyone who disagrees is wrong and evil. This is the 'logic' that breeds racism, sexism, and homophobia. To such people, being right bestows on them the moral authority, even an obligation, to criticize, abuse, and punish those whom they deem wrong.”

“Generally, people who hold such extreme views end up with a mate who shares them. Sometimes people who grow up with very strict or extreme views reject them but carry over a black-and-white way of looking at everything else. In other words, they may not choose the same 'right' way their parents chose, but whichever way they do pick will be the only right way. For example, Ted, a thirty-year-old accountant, was turned off by his mother’s Christian fundamentalism, so he forbade any and all religious beliefs in his house.”

“It is important to remember that people who cling tenaciously to extreme, narrow definitions of right and wrong are fighting for more than their position. More often than not, they feel that their very self-identity is on the line as well, and this need to protect their identity isn’t limited only to the big issues. We think in terms of right and wrong all the time, even when it comes to subjects we have no emotional investment in. Take two people arguing over the right way to eat spaghetti, whether a bride should wear white, or whether it’s wrong for children to address adults by their first name. Granted, one alternative may be more socially acceptable, more in keeping with tradition, or more popular. But that alone does not make it right, nor does it make the person who chooses the other course wrong.”


Below is from O Magazine, May 2017 issue, regarding Dr. Willie Parker’s views:

“Parker’s Choice. How a doctor’s Christianity led him to perform abortions.”

“As a devout Christian and one of the only physicians performing the procedure in the Deep South, Parker refuses to cede the moral high ground, making an impassioned case—rooted in science, history, and theology—for the sanctity of a woman’s autonomy over her own body.”

Willie Parker, MD, has a memoir, Life’s Work, A Moral Argument For Choice.


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