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Feeding the Homeless Could Land Men in Jail

This is one of those stories that requires two and three readings. In a story for NBC News (November 5, 2014) by writer Elizabeth Chuck, we learn that two church pastors and a 90-year-old man were charged for feeding homeless people in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. To make the story even stranger, despite the citations and threat of jail, the trio plan to feed the homeless at least once more before their court date.

Arnold AbbottMs. Chuck writes:

“Homeless activist Arnold Abbott, 90, and Christian ministers Dwayne Black of the Sanctuary Church in Fort Lauderdale and Mark Sims of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs were handing out meals in a park on Sunday, two days after Fort Lauderdale’s ordinance took effect, when police approached them with their sirens flashing, Black said. The three were issued citations and face a $500 fine or 60 days in jail.”

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Ethical Behavior, Morals, Political Ethics, Working in America, You Gotta Be Kidding and tagged , , , , ,

Blackface – Confederate flag wearing Catholic High School Students – Who teaches Ethics?

I am a student of history and I live in the south. There are images and symbols such as the Confederate flag and people smearing on blackface that resonate deeply and with great pain. In all seriousness, I believe the south has dealt much more honestly and openly with these symbols than the north.

BLACKFACEIt was more than with a little bit of disgust that I read of four students at a Long Island, New York Catholic High School (St. Anthony’s High School, South Huntington) getting expelled for putting on blackface and draping themselves in the Confederate flag.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Business and Personal Ethics, Choices and Consequences, Morals, teen ethics, Teens and Family and tagged , , , , , ,

Kiera Wilmot and the Ethics of a Science Experiment – Common Sense Rules!

Early in May 2013, the headlines blared an interesting ethical challenge across the internet and newspapers. A 16 year old student, Kiera Wilmot was charged with felonies stemming from a science experiment.  A science experiment creates an ethics challenge and a test of good ole common sense.

Kiera WilmotOn April 30, 2013, Kiera conducted a science experiment in the school yard. She heard from a friend that if she took toilet bowl cleaner, wrapped it in aluminum foil, and placed the foil in a bottle, it would produce smoke. She experimented; not only did it smoke, but it made a popping sound that caused an assistant principal to rush to the “crime scene.” The teenager had apparently violated a school conduct code and she was placed under arrest. She is being charged with bringing a bomb onto school property.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in ethics, Higher Education, Morals, You Gotta Be Kidding and tagged , , , ,

Ethical Lapses and Matters of the Heart – Why Top Execs Fall!

You can stand on a three legged stool…but only if all the legs are attached.  Apparently it’s easier to connect those legs when matters of the heart are present in ethical lapses.

three legged stoolBest Buy CEO Brian Dunn, who resigned after an investigation found he violated company policy by having an inappropriate relationship with a female employee.

Mark Hurd resigned from his post as CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co. after the company launched a probe into allegations that he sexually harassed a former marketing contractor.

And, of course, who hasn’t heard that CIA Director David Petraeus had resigned over an extramarital affair.   “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours,” Petraeus said.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Articles, ethics, Ethics - Political, ethics training, Morals, Political Ethics, politics and tagged , , , , , ,