Posts Tagged ‘Robert Jensen’

3P-003 Kicking the Dogma

Kicking the Dogma: squares the concept of equality with the scriptures of organized religion. The 14th Dalai Lama writes about his one belief, and a Charter for Compassion is launched for the world’s religions. Instead of Black Friday, there are Post-Thanksgiving Eat-Ins, and StoryCorp recreates a day of spending into a day of listening. Last Sunday creates a forum for spiritual politics in Austin.


  • The Doctrine is Compassion by Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama


  • What Would Jesus Buy? by Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping
  • Post-Thanksgiving Eat-In from Slow Food Nation
  • What Happy People Don’t Do by John Robinson from CharityFocus
  • A Lifestyle for the 21st Century from The Center for Screen-Time Awareness
  • A National Day of Listening from StoryCorp with a Do-It-Yourself Guide


  • Beck Hansen on making up your own songs
  • Robert Jensen on Last Sunday, a monthly gathering in Austin, Texas
  • Bill Arnal on the pro-Imperial stance of the scriptures


  • Lillian Howell, 89, on moving from Ohio to Virginia during the Depression


  • A Charter for Compassion by Karen Armstrong
  • Swati EPK


  • The Great Correction by Eliza Gilkyson
  • Small Gods by Swati Sharma


To read scripture through the lens of compassion is to take the perspective of any person who might feel diminished, hurt, or excluded by it. If we define scripture as the Word of God and it implies that some people are less valuable than others, we’re accepting a God of inequality. We might read compassion and others condemnation, but what matters is how those people feel who it refers to or leaves out. Equality needs to be our single dogma, and any scripture questioned that kicks the dogma…The scriptures create victims – there are people whose sanctity is violated by the demeaning and injurous way that they’re presented, which has led to the worst of physical injuries, land theft, enslavement, being stripped of human rights, torture and death…As justice comes before charity, so equality has to come before compassion.