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November 30, 2011

1. Activist feedback

2. Book Announcement

3. Essay: Following Christ and Making a Living, part 2: The Soul of Corporations

4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist feedback

A couple of weeks ago I leafleted at a Joyce Meyer event in Cleveland and distributed over 700 booklets before the Friday PM and Saturday AM programs. I found that an effective introduction as I offered booklets was, “Free booklet about mindful Christian eating.” I found that individuals and small groups tended to be more receptive than large groups of people.

Steve Kaufman

Upcoming Activist Opportunities

12/9 PA Lancaster Jars Of Clay Christian Rock Concert

12/9 NC Winston-Salem World Vision A Christmas Spectacular

12/9 OK Oklahoma City Night of Stories Christmas Tour

12/9 NV Reno Stellar Kart Christian Rock Concert

12/9 MI Grand Rapids Gaither Christmas Homecoming Tour

12/10 OH Cincinnati Gaither Christmas Homecoming Tour

12/11 OH Greenvile Illumination Christ is Come

12/15 IL Bloomington Gaither Christmas Homecoming

12/16 OH Columbus Gaither Christmas Homecoming

12/16 NC Lenoir Elishah Christian Rock Concert

12/16 TX Richardson Night of Stories Christmas Tour

12/17 WV Huntington Gaither Christmas Homecoming

12/18 MO Independence World Vision A Christmas Spectacular

12/31 GA Duluth Gaither’s Jubilate

2. Book Announcement

Lisa Kemmerer, who (with co-authors) has several excellent books to her credit, including Call to Compassion: Religious Perspectives on Animal Advocacy and Speaking Up for Animals: An Anthology of Women’s Voices, writes:

Animals and World Religions has just reached the shelves. You can find it on my amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Kemmerer/e/B001JOKT0M.

Please let others know the book is out, and if possible, contribute a review, such as on the Amazon site.

3. Essay: Following Christ and Making a Living, part 2: The Soul of Corporations

Officers of corporations are required by law to abide by the directives of the shareholders. The Shareholders almost always want the board of directors to maximize profits. Stocks are purchased primarily by mutual funds, pension plans, foundations, and individuals whose sole reason for purchasing stock is to generate as much income as possible. Corporations can and do engage in altruistic behavior, but almost always the reason for their generosity is to enhance their public image in an effort to make more money. Corporations whose products cause environmental damage or harm humans in other ways are particularly eager to appear concerned about social welfare.

Corporations are recognized by law as persons, but one way corporations differ from living persons is that corporations have no souls. Most of us act generously and kindly because we are humans and generosity and kindness, as well as less admirable characteristics, are among the attributes typical of our species. Corporations, lacking feelings of any kind, have no inherent regard for the welfare of humans, nonhumans, or the environment. The only things that stop them from harming humans, nonhumans, and the environment are laws that punish harmful corporate behavior, the threat of lawsuits from harmed individuals, and loss of income if consumers regard corporations unfavorably.

We have a term for people who have no conscience and only look out themselves – psychopaths. This best describes the personality of corporations, and this is why nonhumans at the mercy of corporate persons are at great risk. Laws written by and for humans provide little if any protection for nonhumans, particularly in industries where animal exploitation is a central component; nonhumans can’t sue; and nonhumans don’t make consumer choices. Next week, I’ll consider the effects of the amorality of corporations on people who work for corporations.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

Do We Await Christmas in the Darkness or in the Light?

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