This one gets my goat. Felkner decides to pursue a masters in social work and then has his delicate sensibilities offended because of a screening of Fahrenheit 911? There’s more to it than that.
Here are some salient points of the Projo Article about Felkner:
Felkner has filed a lawsuit against Rhode Island College that revives arguments from conservatives who have assailed the NASW code of ethics, the profession of social work and the structure of academic programs in schools of social work across the country.
Emily Brooker, a student at Missouri State University, won an out-of-court settlement in 2006 after she alleged in a civil-rights complaint against the school that her course work required her to be an advocate for the right of homosexuals to adopt children.
These two paragraphs pretty much tell the whole story. They’re neo-cons. And Emily Brooker filing that civil rights complaint is ludicrous. And of course we now have President Bush doing a signing statement protecting medical professionals if their beliefs interfere with their professional training and practice.
It’s so easy to see that the bias in all cases is religious in nature. And in the case of Felkner and Gordon, they’re probably good Catholic boys, and if you didn’t catch the dripping sarcasm in that one you haven’t been reading this blog for long.
They’re Catholics who missed the message of the New Testament, each and every one of them. What part of love thy neighbor, or love as ye wish to be loved did they forget? I may be an atheist but you know what, some of the parables of the New Testament aren’t a bad way to go about life.
I don’t hate people like Brooker, Felkner and Gordon. I just want them to see the error of their ways. However I should make it clear, I consider these people mentally deficient. They forgot to read the parts after the first five books in the Bible.
I refuse to live my life under the rule of Leviticus and if people actually read the prohibition in that book and the others in the Old Testament they’d come to the conclusion that they wouldn’t like living that way either. No divorce, the ability to sell your wife and daughters into slavery. Biblical times were delightful weren’t they?
Felkner’s lawsuit says the RIC School of Social Work discriminated against him by penalizing his grades, filing ethics charges against him, delaying his graduation, and denying him the opportunity to work on welfare reform in the governor’s office — all in retaliation for his conservative views.
But the grounds of his suit and the fact that the courts wouldn’t grant RIC’s summary judgement with prejudice request is interesting. I don’t think Felkner has a leg to stand on. Maybe the courts want to make an example of him. I certainly hope that’s the case.
I did a little digging, here’s what I found on Felkner:
First up is his Ocean State Policy Institute. It’s none other than a neo-con think tank.
BTW, check out the Board of Directors of OSPI. You’ll find the likes of the annual crank Dan Harrop, or First Lady Sue Carcieiri as well as some folks from flyover country who think their opinion should rule here in Rhode Island.
His LinkedIn page which curiously has the contacts locked out. I do know I’m connected to Felkner through one person from RI Geeks. I aksed that person about it and he doesn’t really know why Felkner is linked to him.
His contact info:
William Felkner (401) 377-9027 14 High St,Ashaway, RI 02804
Looking at the domain registration for Ocean State Policy Institute I find his web site was provided by Three Bean Studios. Apparently Mr. Mark Gordon of Three Bean Studios never saw a flash presentation he didn’t like. I can say this as someone who knows Flash and ActionScript too.
But digging into Mr. Gordon yields a few interesting tidbits:
His ZoomInfo profile for one.
But more importantly this article cached on Zoom Info. From the article two things are worth noting:
Conservative Christian, Mark Gordon, recommends putting away the carving knife. He’s got a better idea. Why not take over the National Endowment for the Arts and use it to promote traditional art and family values?
Indeed, take it over from the inside. I almost think Gordon is mentoring Felkner because quite honestly Felkner strikes me as someone short on critical thinking faculties.
Mark Gordon is an administrator of the St. Michael Institute of Sacred Art in Mystic, Connecticut. In a late-May article in the National Catholic Register, a conservative weekly, he argues that “gaining control of the NEA and its $100 million annual budget should be a strategic imperative for Christians who have made this fight their own.”
But it gets better, this sick fuck Gordon is a fundie Catholic. Tell me again why we shouldn’t yank the tax exemption of the Catholic church too?
Mr. Gordon’s contact information:
Mark Gordon (401) 315-5192 4 Rosemount Ln,Westerly, RI 02891
So I think it’s fairy easy to figure out who is funding Felkner and Gordon. It’s the Catholic church. Good going guys. Expose your fucking hypocrisy.