Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-A perspective of homelessness-Robyn Moser


Robyn Moser discusses her perspective on homelessness. Topics include.

Is homelessness a choice?

A definition of homelessness.

Options for homelessness in Calgary.

Response to homelessness in Calgary.

Supports for family and those who could be homeless.

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Agree or Disagree: Being homeless is a choice


We have had some small conversations about this before.

I’ve interviewed a homeless man named Tim Barber on Agree or Disagree: The Podcast. He talked about his experiences being homeless in Calgary.

You might also remember we talked to Cory Chapdelaine and Kali Readwin about this topic as well. We spent some time discussing the different social implications being homeless.

Now, we have a challenge for a debate.

Robyn Moser has challenged Kathleen Smith to a debate on this topic. So, like a good Podcast, we will record it.

Some of the topics we will cover.
There will be someone who has a homeless experience. They will share it.
Current overall trends of homelessness in Calgary and Edmonton.
Current trends and concerns on LGBT homeless in Calgary and Edmonton. As well as support options for LGBT,
And of course, the question if homelessness is a choice.

For clarity, and this will be expanded on more, Robyn thinks homelessness is a choice. Kathleen does not.

To prepare us, what do you think? Is homelessness a choice? Why or why not?

Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Homelessness and Unemployment is a choice


Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Homelessness and Unemployment is a choice

Kali Readwin, @KaliRS, Cory Chapdelaine, @88Styles and I discuss if homeless and unemployment is a choice.

Topics include,
Perceptions of Homelessness
Perceptions of Unemployment

Is it realistic in Calgary to be homelessness and unemployment?
The conversations missing around homelessness and unemployment.
Kali’s unique journey she is going to embark in October.
Does Cory and Kali think homelessness and unemployment is a choice?

The story of Tim Barber and the relaunch of a concept of @TimmysOnly

How you can place orders for @TimmysOnly

Do you think homelessness and unemployment are a choice?

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Agree or Disagree: Keeping someone “Brain Dead”alive because they are pregnant


Agree or Disagree: Keeping someone Brain Dead Alive because they are pregnant

Meet Marilse Munoz. She is from Fort Worth Texas.

She’s 33. In November, she had a blood clot in her leg and collapsed on her living room floor. Doctors later declared her to be brain dead. The families wishes were to take her off life support.

Her husband Erick and the rest of the family said their goodbyes and prepared to pull the plug. Imagine their surprise to learn that the hospital was unable to comply with the family wishes.

Why?

Because she is 14 weeks  pregnant.

You can read a version of the story on the top link. I say version because there are several.

The reason this is happening is because there is a  law in Texas and two dozen other states that prevents doctors from ending life support for someone that is pregnant. This is the law.

“Section 166.049 Pregnant Patients. A person may not withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment under this subchapter from a pregnant patient.”

Now, I know many have been critical of the decision. However, I feel like there is some information missing here. The big question I have. Did the family know she was pregnant?  If we go by 14, that’s mid October and she collapsed November 26. So, possibly a six week pregnancy at the time of collapse.Did the husband or the wife know? And, I think another fair question to ask, and I’m being sensitive here. If she knew that she would be pregnant and clinging to life support, would she want the baby to live? My point is, I feel like something within the process of this terrible situation, there is some important questions here.

Also, let’s be the hospital. The ones that are being criticized here. What is their role here? There is a law in place that they feel obligated to follow. I’m sure they want to be respectful to the family, but not to debate the term, but there is a life at stake. 14 weeks or not.

Perhaps, be the people involved. Put yourselves in the shoes of the family. Put yourselves in the shoes of the hospital. It seems easy to criticize the hospital, but from where I’m sitting, this also seems like a very difficult decision for the hospital as well. And as much at times to want to take the black and white stance, the reality is life has lots of grey in it. This is an example of that.

So, what do you think? How would be the best way to come to a resolution that helps all the people involved? Or, is that possible?

 

Agree or Disagree: Sex Selective Abortion is a Women’s Right.


Agree or Disagree: Sex Selective Abortion is a Women’s Right.

The link above is from Sarah Dutim from The Guardian.

In this article, quite simply she has argued that the idea of Sex Selective Abortion is quite simply a Women’s Right.

Here is a portion of the article she wrote.

And as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t matter why any woman wants to end her pregnancy. As the conscious and legally competent entity in the conception set-up, it’s the woman’s say that counts, and even the most terrible reason for having an abortion holds more sway than the best imaginable reason for compelling a woman to carry to term.

There are some people that are very concerned about this idea. They feel like it is a very slippery slope.

So for this, I thought I would ask some questions to both perspectives.

For those that are on the “Pro-Life” side.

Why do you feel this is a slippery slope? Where do you see the slope leading too?

For those who are on the “Pro-Choice” side.

When you see the idea of slippery slope, does this concern you?

 

Agree or Disagree: Christians should care more about abortion.


Agree or Disagree: Christians should care more about abortion.

A few years ago, a friend of mine and I were walking in the park on a nice summer day.As we were walking along, we happened to run into another friend of mine who was enjoying the summer day with a bike ride.

My friend who I was with was with was quite offended at my bikers friend’s shirt. The shirt said”Abortion is Murder” and she let him know politely that she did not like it.

“Why? “The biker asked.

“Because I work in hospitals as a nurse” she said. “I’ve seen what these woman have gone through. And it is not an easy decision to make.”

“Are you a Christian?” He asked

“I am” she said.

“Well, how can you be a Christian and not think abortion is murder” He responded.

With that,the conversation ended.  We moved to continue to enjoy our summer day.

I tell this story because unfortunately, these types of conversations and mentalities happen a little too frequent in Christian circles. A Christian  will bring forward what they feel is a legitimate question about abortion. The Christian who feels they are “spiritually mature” will give a flippant cliche driven “Christian” answer. Instead of offering up and opening up an intelligent discussion. Then those Christians who would not describe themselves as Pro-Life have their faith questioned. Some even question if they are Christian. Others in a moment of compassion thinks they need “discipleship”

I wonder if this mentality has closed many from actually participating one way or the other in the discussion of abortion. It is an emotional and a deeply personal issue for many. Feeling cut down for an opinion is a good way to end any participation.

I think this is why I appreciate what Rachel Held Evans says in the link I posted. This is one of my favourite quotes from the article.

For a lot of pro-lifers, it seemed, abortion was all about the baby. The woman, and the factors that might contribute to her decision to terminate her pregnancy, didn’t seem to matter much. 

I think the pictures of aborted fetuses on trucks, the shirts and bumper stickers reminding everyone “Abortion is Murder”has turned many Christians off from being a part of the conversation. For many Christians, this lacks grace, opens up condemnation for those who have had an abortion and feels nothing like how Jesus would respond.  For others, and some Christians might be uncomfortable with this,  but their salvation is not based on their opinion of abortion.

This leads me to two questions.

Do Christians actually care about the issue of abortion?  Does society for that matter?

If not, should we care about the issue of abortion?