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CVA Weekly Newsletter
September 19, 2013

  1. Response to Rabbi Heschel’s Quotation
  2. Upcoming Activist Opportunities
  3. Review Essay: The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen by Anthony Appiah
  4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Response to Rabbi Heschel’s Quotation
In regards to the quotation from Rabbi Heschel I think religion becomes irrelevant if does not compel us to speak and act to address the pressing social, moral and ecological issues of our times. As Allen Boesak said: "We will go before God to be judged, and God will ask us: 'Where are your wounds?' and we will say, 'We have no wounds.' And God will ask, 'Was nothing worth fighting for?'"

Stephen Augustine 

2. Upcoming Activist Opportunities
09/28       DC Washington           DC Veg Fest
09/28       VA Charlottesville      Cville Vegetarian Festival
09/21       IL Chicago              VeganMania
09/20-21    VA Middleburg           Awakening Festival 2013
09/15       GA Athens               The Only Name Tour
09/20       MO Kansas City          The Only Name Tour
09/14       TX Waco                 Manic Drive – Small Town America Tour 2013
09/27       NC Charlotte            Plumb
09/28       SC Columbia             Plumb
09/29       GA Macon                Plumb
09/29       PA Philadelphia         Mercy Me
10/04       NY NYC                  Hillsong United ( Radio City Music Hall) United
10/18       CA Los Angeles          Hillsong United
10/29       PA Pittsburgh           JCTV Tour
10/19       FL Tampa Bay            Tampa Bay Veg Fest
10/10–10    AL Fort Payne           The Courage
10/09       FL Tampa                Tampa Veg 2013
10/18-19    ON Mississauga          ATF
10/11       OH Cincinnati           Newboys Tour
10/06       MA Pittsfield           Kings and Queens Tour 2013
11/01       Blakely PA              Third Day
11/01-02    OH Cleveland            ATF
11/08-09    CA Anaheim              ATF
11/08       CA Ontario              Winter Jam Tour
11/09       GA Atlanta              Atlanta Veg Fest
11/09       NV Las Vegas            Winter jam Tour
11/10       AZ Glendale             Winter Jam Tour
11/12       CA Ontario              Hillsong United
11/14       NJ Newark               Hillsong United
11/14       ID Boise                Winter Jam Tour
11/15       OR Portland             Winter Jam Tour
11/15       MA Boston               Hillsong United
11/16       PA Pittsburgh           Hillsong United
11/16       CA Sacramento           Winter Jam Tour
11/17       CA Fresno               Winter Jam Tour
11/18       NC Greensboro           Hillsong United
11/19       SC Greenville           Hillsong United
11/21       NM Rio Rancho           Winter Jam Tour
11/22       CO Colorado Springs     Winter Jam Tour
11/22       FL Tampa                Hillsong United
11/23       FL Miami                Hillsong United
11/24       TX Ft. Worth            Winter Jam Tour
11/24       TN Nashville            National Youth Convention
11/26       TX Houston              Hillsong United
12/07       NY NYC                  Toby Mac Hits Deep Tour

3. Review Essay: The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen by Anthony Appiah
In The Honor Code, Anthony Appiah insightfully addresses an interesting question: Why do moral revolutions happen after – often long after – the arguments in favor of such moral revolutions have been fully articulated and are widely disseminated? Looking in detail at English dueling, the English slave trade, and foot binding in China, Appiah notes that the moral bases for rejecting these practices were well known, yet they persisted, sometimes for many centuries. How, then, did change eventually happen?
In short, Appiah asserts that codes of honor perpetuated these practices, and changing honor codes were instrument in their cessation. For example, an effective and important argument against slavery was that it treated labor as a dishonorable activity that people do only when compelled by force. This was insulting to the working class and was instrumental in galvanizing the working class in England against slavery. Similarly, an important reason that foot binding lost its appeal in China was that, Chinese critics observed, the rest of the world mocked the Chinese for the practice.
Crucially, Appiah notes that alternatives to a practice supported by the honor code must be found in order for the practice to abate and, eventually, be abolished. In the case of foot binding in China, a growing number of parents refused to marry their sons to women with tiny feet, generating a marriage market for unbound girls and thereby eliminating the perceive necessity of this immensely painful practice.
How does this apply to animal issues? Animal advocates have been using rational arguments against mistreatment of nonhuman persons for years, and indeed most people now agree that cruelty to nonhumans is wrong and should cease. Yet, there is little pressure from the general public to reduce mistreatment of nonhumans on farms, and much less interest in reducing or eliminating the products of animal agribusiness. If Appiah’s analysis is valid, then we need 1) to demonstrate that participating directly or indirectly in the abuse of nonhuman persons is dishonorable and 2) to have readily available foods, clothing, etc. that do not involve the exploitation and abuse of nonhuman persons. I will explore these topics next week.
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D. 

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

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