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Oct 6, 2018 13 tweets 2 min read
Oh Tumblr, where we're supposed to feel bad for wealthy white evangelical women campaigning to end abortion, as if bans ever stopped them from aborting. How about we stop feeling sorry for women who have chosen to embrace patriarchy because they want to screw over brown people? The bottom line is that white evangelical women have decided that patriarchy controlled by white men is a small price to pay for maintaining the system of white supremacy that allows them to feel superior to black and brown people.
Sep 12, 2018 13 tweets 3 min read
I always describe Covenant as the school you went to if your parents wanted you to go to a Christian college but you didn't want all the rules. This is the dark side of that reality: I chose to go to a Xn college, and in many ways it was a positive experience, but I was also 18 and didn't know to look past the lack of dress code to fully know what I was getting myself into. I also had no clue I was gay or the baggage Covenant's homophobia would leave me with.
Sep 8, 2018 16 tweets 5 min read
I have some thoughts about homeschooling and pop culture gaps, and also about people assuming that your pop culture gap has something to do with being homeschooled. First, making a big deal about somebody's pop culture gaps just makes them feel more like an outsider, so don't do it. Everybody, and I do mean everybody, has pop culture gaps unless they're a Tarantinoesque encyclopedia of everything pop culture no matter how obscure.
Aug 29, 2018 10 tweets 4 min read
I have no doubt the Democratic Party in #Florida is going to unite behind Andrew Gillum now that he's got the nomination. He's the most exciting candidate the party has run in a while. I think a lot of people were hoping he'd pull it off even if they went with other candidates. For what it's worth, I think that the pundits idea that the establishment wanted Graham is overstated. The establishment wanted Graham over Levine, yes, but every conversation I've had over the last year and a half has been people liking both Graham and Gillum.
Aug 22, 2018 10 tweets 3 min read
The church should go down with it. The fact that you're more worried about damage control than the fact that the white American evangelicalism you're part of is morally bankrupt and are still both-sides-are-bad-ing it proves there's nothing redeemable. Burn it all down. Maybe if there's a true cleansing fire, a chastened and repentant church will emerge from the ashes, but at this point worrying about the reputation of white American evangelicalism that's tied itself to the Republican party shows @ShaneClaiborne is part of that moral bankruptcy.
Jul 9, 2018 17 tweets 3 min read
I want to be really delicate here, but I want to talk about how criticism of intentional weight loss as all being "diet culture" with a subtext of it being anti-feminist can be super ableist. People shouldn't have to apologize or feel guilty about taking steps to help their body. I've spent the last year and a half with back pain so severe that I've struggled to function at times. I've missed marches, protests, meetings because trying to walk would send my back and hip muscles into an unbearably painful spasm.
Jun 19, 2018 12 tweets 2 min read
That discussion about fictionalized history in sci-fi and fantasy got me thinking again about Firefly. That was Joss Whedon rewriting Civil War history in space and making the Confederates the good guys. That's not something without consequence. And that's without going into how Firefly depicts a vision of the American West in space, where people speak Chinese but there's no actual Chinese people. It's more erasing the reality that Chinese immigrants built the American West.
Jun 19, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
Remember when HSLDA had a German family to come to the US via visa waiver, lie about purpose of their visit, overstay the 90 days & only then file for asylum, all so they could try and ensure they got to argue in deportation proceedings that homeschooling is a fundamental right? Remember how Christian conservatives all rallied and harrassed both the State Department and the German Embassy, comparing it to Hitler that Germany regulates homeschooling and that the US was deporting them? All while they stayed together in their house in Tennessee?
Jun 15, 2018 10 tweets 2 min read
The same evangelicals currently quoting Romans 13 to justify putting children in camps insisted that Romans 13 didn't apply when blocking abortion clinics because you have a moral duty to disobey unjust laws. I spent my childhood being told that Bonhoeffer was a hero because he understood that what was legal wasn't always moral and called the Church to account for looking the other way as genocide unfolded. Those same people are now quoting Romans 13 to justify human rights abuses.
Jun 12, 2018 14 tweets 4 min read
Since it's the anniversary of the #Pulse massacre, I've got a few thoughts. Like thousands of other Floridians, I waited for hours to give blood. I found out later that the @my1blood employee who was handling donor relations where I was had lost a friend in the attack. The @my1blood employees that day were heroes because they had to get through that awful day and work hours of overtime collecting blood while dealing with their own emotions while everyone was collectively in shock over what happened.
Apr 25, 2018 13 tweets 3 min read
I don't particularly care what Joy Anne Reid wrote 15 years ago, what I care about is where she stands now. Too many lefties are acting like society didn't change rapidly and that they never said anything homophobic, which I really don't believe. I'm way more concerned about the straight white male lefties who think it's a hilarious joke to call people gay, yet decided to be so concerned about homophobia to go after a black woman they already hated for transparently racist reasons.
Apr 14, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read
My personal pet peeve with him is that on Cosmos he misrepresented the Catholic Church's beef with Copernicus and Galileo in a way that actively misinforms people about how messy science is. The short version is that the controversy over the Copernican model wasn't the faith versus science conflict the way it's popularly understood. Rather, the conflict boiled down to the fact that Copernicus's math didn't work. He was on the right track, but the numbers were off.
Apr 3, 2018 23 tweets 4 min read
This is me thinking out loud, but I kind of think there are certain kinds of art that, by virtue of their willingness to embrace ambiguity, are inherently incompatible with evangelicalism. I think it's hard to enjoy those as an evangelical without holding them in tension. Evangelicalism, whatever else is true of it, operates with this kind of surety that we live in a world where everything makes sense even if we ourselves don't understand it. That's not necessarily true of other Christian traditions.
Mar 22, 2018 26 tweets 9 min read
This. There isn't enough cultural competency surrounding evangelical subcultures. 90s church youth group kids all immediately recognized "Righteous Invasion of Truth" as named after a Carman album. Nobody else has. Speaking of evangelical subcultures and church youth groups, mock kidnappings is a thing that happens somewhat frequently in church youth groups. It's supposed to prepare kids for the coming persecution or for the mission field.
Nov 10, 2017 17 tweets 5 min read
We should probably talk about how there is a segment of evangelicalism and homeschool culture where the only thing Roy Moore did wrong was initiating sexual contact outside of marriage. 14 year old girls courting adult men isn't entirely uncommon. Matthew and Maranatha Chapman were promoting child marriage at homeschool conventions up until @HomeschoolAnon and @lovejoyfeminism both made a stink about how Maranatha was only 14 when she married a late-20s Matthew Chapman.