A Single Voice
A single voice can make a difference
This site exists so that I may express thoughts, views, and opinions concerning current events. By doing so, I hope to clarify misconceptions, learn more about those events, and broaden the debate for the purpose of creating a more productive and respectful discussion of those events.
I introduce each subject with an essay stating my understanding and concerns about the subject. I welcome and encourage any and all discussion concerning the essays and the subject matter that they introduce. It is my hope that I am able to educate, and learn from, others about the topics discussed here.
All essays and discussions presented here have at their core this simple understanding: All of us are individuals with unique strengths, weaknesses, talents, experiences, and education. But all of us are the same. None of us are any better or worse than any of the rest of us.
I am interested in hearing feedback and carrying on discussions about the subjects presented herein. However, I do insist that all comments and discussions be carried on in an intelligent, respectful, and dignified manner. I will not reply to nor post any discussion materials that include "grouping" or "labeling" of subject matter or individuals. In other words we are individuals with our own minds, thoughts, and opinions, not the religious left or religious right or republicans or democrats or bigots or close minded or enlightened or atheist or any other "group" or "label". If you have an agenda to push, push it somewhere else. I will also not reply to nor post any discussion materials that include any foul language or attacks against any individual or groups of individuals.
At the bottom of each page I will provide a link to a companion blog to discuss the subject of the essay on that page. To make this process easier to organize I ask that all blogging discuss only the subject of the essay. For example, if you wish to discuss something about "An Open Letter to America" and also about "Global Warming", please blog separately, from each of the essay’s page’s blogging links. Each essay has its own companion blog.
This is a new website and has very little content at the moment. The links listed below will guide you to the essays and discussions written so far. As more content is added to this site, this main page will change to reflect that content, and the content pages will also change to contain more sophisticated navigation. However, all content will always remain at its current location so feel free to reference or link tothe contentpages with confidence that those links will not be broken.
Religion and Politics
Fortunately or unfortunately depending on how one wants to look at it, the greater majority of important current events involve the two subjects our parents encourage us to never bring up in polite conversation, religion and politics.
Both of these have the potential to be very emotional and explosive and great care needs to be taken to be respectful when these topics are discussed. But because these two groups of subjects are central to so much of what affects our lives, it is even more important for us to be able to discuss these groups of subjects without becoming entrenched, offended, or defensive. Only through open and honest discussion can we hope to move away from the polarization we currently see throughout our society and back toward the melting pot that we are called upon to be. For this reason I will not shy away from current events and subjects that have at their heart religion and/or politics.
An Open Letter to the Republican party – October 9, 2013 - A letter addressed to the Republican party expresses how the actions of the party over the past few federal administrations demonstrate that it is no longer a party worthy of support and presents a roadmap for how it may return to being the G.O.P.
The Scientific Method – March 02, 2008 – An essay reminding us of the Scientific Method, what science is, and what it is not.
You call that science? – March 02 2008 – An companion essay to the Scientific Method discussing what has become of the scientific method and how science has become politics as usual.
Global Warming - Is it getting hot in here? - March 02, 2008 - An essay attempting to explain our current environmental situation, how we got into it, and how we may or may not manage it.
Born Again – April 10, 2007 – (Originally written in July 1, 2001) – An essay witnessing the experience of being Born Again.
Who May I Love? (Part I) – May 13, 2006 – An essay addressing the push for laws or constitutional amendments at both the state and federal levels of government aimed at barring gay individuals from entering into legally recognized unions.
Who May I Love? (Part II) – April 09, 2007 – An essay addressing to the push for Christian churches to religiously recognize the religious union of gay couples.
An Open Letter to America – February 14, 2006 – This essay is a letter addressed to America and expresses how the policies of the administration of President George W. Bush are eroding our civil liberties, ignoring historical precedence, marginalizing the judiciary, and presents an argument for his impeachment.
Upcoming Essays (Not necessarily in the order that they will be published.)
Where did I put that list?! – – An essay discussing the new Scarlet Letter of our society and it's challenge to our way of life.
The Separation of Church and State – – This essay attempts to present how religion and politics in America are supposed to work as opposed to how they are currently not working.
Shorts (Much shorter essays, covering much simpler, even funny, topics.)
Oh, Say Can You Sing? – August 22, 2015 – A "short" solution for our professional Sports Franchises' inability to field the Anthem.
SUV's and Gas – May 13, 2006 – A "short" describing my thoughts about SUV's and the consumption of resources. It may surprise you!
Upcoming Shorts (Not necessarily in the order that they will be published.)
Nothing Else Planned – – A "short" not yet planned.
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Except where explicitly stated, the opinions, views, and conclusions expressed on this site are solely those of John C. Grady, Jr.