Getting Nuked, or Groped, for the Holidays.

Via Roger Wolsey
on Nov 17, 2010
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Enough is enough!

My 10 year old son and I will be traveling via air to visit my family in St. Paul for Thanksgiving next week. I do not want him blasted by radiation and nor do I want him to be aggressively groped by a TSA agent. We shouldn’t be treated as guilty until proven innocent.  There needs to be a better way.  Apparently, I’m not alone in my concerns about this.  Complaints about the body scans and new pat-downs are on the rise.

Beyond the civil liberties/Big Brother issues, this is also a matter of public health.

Because radiation harm is an accumulative process, and I don’t want my son to have more of it in his system starting at such a young age, we’ll be opting-out of the body-scan in favor of the newly “aggressive-ized” pat down procedures.  sigh.

UPDATE: …..oh heck.  In doing research for this blog, I’m now leaning toward thinking that the amount of radiation emitted by these body scanners is quite low.  In fact, it seems that it’s far, far, far, lower than the amount of radiation people expose themselves to by flying in a plane at high altitudes.  However, this is a matter that is worthy of public discussion so I’m going ahead and posting this blog.

*** REVISED UPDATE *** Just discovered this document.  Seems the radiation levels are actually quite high because they’re focused solely on the skin and surface tissues. The plot thickens.

…There’s also the question if this is an unconstitutional violation of privacy and (literally) unwarranted searches and seizures.

What do others think?

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About Roger Wolsey

Roger Wolsey is a free-spirited GenX-er who thinks and feels a lot about God and Jesus. He’s a progressive Christian who identifies with people who consider themselves as being “spiritual but not religious.” He came of age during the “Minneapolis sound” era and enjoyed seeing The Replacements, The Jayhawks, Husker Du, The Wallets, Trip Shakespeare, Prince, and Soul Asylum in concert—leading to strong musical influences to his theology. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. Roger is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and he currently serves as the director of the Wesley Foundation campus ministry at C.U. in Boulder, CO. He was married for ten years, divorced in 2005 and now co-parents a delightful 10-year old son. Roger loves live music, hosting house concerts, rock-climbing, yoga, centering prayer, trail-running with his dog Kingdom, dancing, camping, riding his motorcycle, blogging, and playing his trumpet in ska bands and music projects. He's recently written a book Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don't like christianity

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52 Responses to “Getting Nuked, or Groped, for the Holidays.”

  1. Papabear says:

    “I love it when men ( I am assuming you are a male since you at least write like one) tell me how I , a woman SHOULD be feeling about an issue. As a true feminist I can make my own decisions and have my own opinions, thank you very much! I do not need some opinionated guy telling me how to think, nor do I need some opinionated guy attacking me when I disagree with him.”

    Get over yourself, you hyper-feminist cunt.

    Your opinions are not sacrosanct, your views are not holy, and your “rights” are an illusion. We all have the exact same rights, which means NO ONE is special. So stop trying to enforce rules that don’t exist.

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