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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at www.clsnet.org if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Bham Sthrn's Pollick; Sessions and Aderholt: "Advancing the Dignity of Every Person?"

Last night, Monday, Dec 11, Birmingham Southern President Dr. David Pollick was on statewide television for a live call in program.
http://www.aptv.org/ftr/ftrdetails.asp?FTRID=1803
I was in the hopper to pose a comment, in fact, my town got posted on the screen but the station had lost my call.
I wanted to explore with Dr. Pollick the mission statement of the UMC school, "To advance the dignity of every person", and get his notion of how he thinks BSC alum Robert Aderholt, and leading UMC layman in the state, US Senator Jeff Sessions stack up when it comes to the politics of immigration reform.
I was going to mention on air that I had read the UMC Social Justice mag www.gcorr.org fall of 2005 issue on Immigration reform, and in that light find a great chasm between the politics of Aderholt and Sessions and the justice ideals of the UMC.
In fact I was privy to an ugly incident between Senator Sessions and UMC pastor Gene Lankford and his colleague when they went to DC April 06 to bear witness to the US congress on behalf of the Hispanic immigrant population flooding our country. At the time, Lankford, was the UMC minister here in Collinsville, Alabama where my Mother was baptized into the Baptist faith.
I take Dr. Pollick at his word. In the spirit self analysis Bham Southern undergoing in the wake of the black church burnings by three of its students, I have another prospect for its school, one I am bringing to Furman's attention as well; a straight A promising girl's basketball guard, #4, at GAston HS (1A) in Etowah County.
If the great fictional character Pearl, of EL Doctorow's The March, has fifth generation offspring, surely this young woman is one of them.
Maybe for this post here is a way to get at it.
It looks like Artur Davis with the blessing of David Potts among many others, will contest the Senate SEat of Sessions in 08. Newt Gingrich has suggested it is way passed time for the complicated issues of the day to be driven by sound bytes and 30 second commercials. The last Supreme Court Justice RAce here in Alabama, and the ATlantic MOnthly article about Karl Rove and Alabama a few years back is testimony to that.
Bring SEssions and ARtur Davis to Bham Southern, then trot them over to Samford for a strong two day unflinching discussion about race and immigration, justice and Alabama history on such matters. Have Samford Jonathan Bass, and Duke's visiting proff Tim Tyson flesh out the panel. Have breakout sessions.
Have the 34 or so of the starting players for the University of Alabama and Auburn be free to say who they will support for US Senator and why; and have Alfa early explain differences with these men they champion in the fall if they would like.
Bring Samford and BSC students up to speed, not to mention parishioners across Central Alabama; bring them up to speed with considered readings of Tyson's Blood Done Sign My Name; and Bass's Blessed are the Peacemakers. Even have the minister's ready not only the latest tribute book to Wayne Flynt "History and Hope in the Heart of Dixie"; but the Dailey and Simon editted Jumpin' Jim Crow with it's troubling chapter on my hometown, Gaffney, South Carolina.
That for starters and early on in the campaign to center the discussion.
I'll go so far as to upstage the religious right, and say it is God's will Alabama correct Tennesee's missed opportunity. It is right the stage for much of Martin Luther King's drama be ther first to elect a person of color since Reconstruction, and Artur Davis is qualified to be that man.
I have sent an email to the Administration of BSC notifying them of this blog, Bishop Willimon as well. Would be delighted to have responses from them
Stephen Fox
Collinsville, Alabama

Two great references, maybe three
http://www.ethicsdaily.com/article_detail.cfm?AID=8267

www.gcorr.org/monitor/Monitor_Fall05.pdf

And the Eric Olsen March 2006 article in www.sojo.net on mano dura.



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