February 2016 Agitator

Front Cover February 2016Here is the February Catholic Agitator

In This Issue:

    • Racism And Gun Control by Jeff Dietrich
    • Dorothy Day Has Died by Rick Hampson
    • Healing The Feet by Saima Scott
    • Practicing Bad Theology by Sarah Fuller
    • Anger And Death by Karan Benton
    • Choosing To Be Part Of The Healing by Dimitri Kadiev

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    • Karen Ybarra on February 3, 2016 at 11:09 pm
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    Agitator news,
    I would like to access Karan Benton’s article Anger and Death.
    I am a friend of Karan’s
    The fact that she had an article out was mentioned by her daughter on Karan’s Caringbridge site.
    Thank you.

    • marie bastarache on February 25, 2016 at 6:54 pm
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    as an ‘agitator’ fan of many years, i have to say that the feb ’16 issue was outstanding, even by your high standards. karen’s article was no exception. it was quite wonderful to ‘hear’ all the different voices and styles embracing a common theme, but from different experiences lived out at the lacw.

    as often happens, i encountered a word i did not know (?frisson); a boost of hope (‘evil regimes …always fail because they were unable to imagine goodness, and thus were unable to defend against it’);and a ‘duh’ moment that maintains the tension i always encounter between what i strive to live out and what i try not to succumb to. i.e. in this issue , jeff, your untipically soft labeling of john brown as someone who ‘wanted to give every black person in the southern states the opportunity to practice open carry’ is beyond the bounds of reason. brown was hanged because he tried to foment armed rebellion. peace and freedom are today still used as justification for us arming ourselves against, and of course killing, the world’s ‘bad guys’. but faced with such an overwhelming evil as slavery, was brown justified? in our own day and age, is a united nation’s resolution going to stop the genicide? ah, there be the tension.

    be safe, lacw-ers; and remain blessed.
    your balance of soup ladle, footcare tools. and the mighty pen challenge us all with an opportunity to look to our own complicity and culpability; while unrelentingly holding out the hope that each can affect change.


    • julie on April 10, 2016 at 4:02 pm
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    Regarding the piece on Gun Control, I think to reduce gun ownership to race is perpetuating racism. Your piece on gun control seems political in nature and obviously has a political agenda. You completely leave out a lot of the history about gun rights and reduce it to “white privilege”, which is ridiculous. Its people like you that make it seem like being white is a bad thing. I’m utterly disappointed in your piece and sorry I wasted time reading it.
    Stop trying to push your agenda on people with what seems to be the buzz words for the time. Why don’t you instead write a piece on how the country can be healed from the mess they are in?

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