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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Calling all Christians- Homosexuals deserve "our" basic human rights too.

No matter what sexual preference you have, shouldn't everyone have the same basic human rights? Are you exempt, because you are a lesbian, a transgender, or gay? If Christianity does not agree with your supposed 'lifestyle choice", does that mean you are less than human in America, therefor undeserving of the basic human right to safety as the rest of us Christians?

Shane Windmeyer, director of Campus Pride, headquartered in Charlotte, NC posed this very question last Friday on Charlotte View. Campus Pride's mission (among others) is to hold colleges and universities accountable for the safety of it's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) students. After all, these students pay the same tuition as their heterosexual counterparts. Heterosexual students and parents expect the college/university staff to do everything in their power to ensure their children's safety while there. No excuses. If they drop the ball, there is hell to pay. As there should be. At costs ranging $10,000 - $50,000+ per year to attend, safety is a reasonable request.

Rouge shooter killing people on campus? Parents and students demand tighter security. Rape occurrence in a dorm? Do something to prevent future occurrences or students pull out and the college feels it through bad press and their bottom line.

What if the rape or shooting is of a gay male or female? Do you, as a parent, change how you feel? Do you see it as - if you can't keep your students safe, then you will not get my money or my child? Or, do you....a Christian...say...that human being doesn't matter because they are sinners. You can have my money and my child as long as you protect heterosexuals. Sadly, yes, I have witnessed heterosexual parents declare this.

Really? Is that what Jesus would say? Snap that WWJD bracelet lying dormant on your wrist right now people! When did we loose sight of Jesus' basic teachings? When did, who someone is having sex with or the fact that they feel more comfortable dressing as a girl when their genitals say boy, cause us to turn our backs on our christian teachings and declare war? Doesn't the bible say we are not to judge others (before you remove a speck from some one's eye, remove the stick from your own)? Isn't "judging" God's job?

Lest we forget. And I digress....

Next time you hear of another despicable college campus shooting, rape, or any other equally hideous crime, please, don't stop caring because you learned the victim(s) was homosexual, transgender, or bisexual. Rise above such narrow minded thinking and remember that he/she was some one's daughter or son. Remember that, regardless of dress choice or sexual preference, there is a parent mourning the loss of their precious baby. Who, coincidentally paid just as much tuition as the heterosexual students to attend, and safety was a presumed requirement. Remember this, and stand in the 'picket line' of emails, signs, and phone calls to demand change from college/university administrators in using more tuition money to make the necessary changes needed to help ensure every student....EVERY safe and sound while attending.

If you need more convincing check out the interview with Shane Windmeyer and hear his side of it, as well as, learn what Campus Pride can do for you.

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Until next time.....

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Charlotte View visits our sponsor, Summerfield Tire and Service, atWaxhaw, NC

Charlotte View host +Claudia Pureco and +Jim Black (Land of the Waxhaws), visited our Sponsor, Summerfield Tire and Service, at their newly open repair shop in Waxhaw, NC.
First, we were greeted by a friendly staff and by the Manager, +Doug Emerson. Located to our right from the ample and bright reception room, we found a comfortable and inviting waiting room. There clients can pour a delicious DIY cup of coffee, read, use the internet (Free WiFi) and watch TV (already ordered).
Jim and I talked with owner, +Gary Summerfield, who welcomed us and proudly pointed out the new features in the facility. He explained his vision, walked us around the garage and interviewed with us. He talked about the history of Summerfield Tire and Service and the different services clients can find at their three auto-service garages conveniently located
Summerfield Tire and Service is a trusted Bridgestone, Firestone, Michelin®, B F Goodrich®, Uniroyal®, and other leading industry names. . They are known for carrying passenger and light truck/SUV tires, lawn and garden tires, wheels and more at affordable, discounted prices. Many services are offered including, air conditioning, alignments, brakes, electrical, North Carolina State Inspection, scheduled maintenance, transmission repair, and other valuable services
Summerfield Tire and Service is the name Charlotte View trusts.
Feel free to contact Summerfield Tire and Service (704)525-3092- (234 E Cama St. Charlotte, NC 28217)
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2013, Jan 4 - Misconceptions, Generalizations and Misguided information in Anthropology Research

Last week we had a fantastic conversation with Dr. Richard Chacon and Dr. Ruben Mendoza, about their research and findings documented in their book "The Ethics of Anthropology and Amerindians Research". These college professors in the fields of Anthropology and Archaeology have dedicated many years of extensive research to publish this book with hopes that students, colleagues and the public in general are aware of the dangers of generalizations when reporting or studying Amerindians (term used to define any group of Indians/indigenous people that are original from the American Continent). In our conversation we talked about Amerindians and we post the question: Do/Did they always live in harmony with nature and with each-other?

"It is very damaging to assume that all groups of Amerindians, always in history, have been peaceful, nature-loving and children-like creatures" said Dr. Chacon while citing words or common misconceptions commonly accepted as truths in the field. By doing so, both authors agreed, these studies ignore many other qualities or faults Amerindians have and can, unknowingly, perjure themselves by reporting documents or studies that are not inclusive or misguided.

Charlotte View hosts can relate to the dangers of using adjectives as a general rule to describe groups of people, and how in societies these generalizations constitute stereotypes. We all know very well that Stereotypes or any words used to generalize groups of people, are almost always limiting and can lead to discrimination and ignore the diversity within groups.

Listen to the recorded interview here: