What if God cares more about sexism than about how much you masturbate?

This is an image from the Jack Chick tract, "This Was Your Life" (h/t Nathan Redfield)

  "You may think your sins don't hurt anyone...but it hurts GOD." If you grew up in an evangelical or fundamentalist church, there's a good chance you heard this phrase growing up. I know I did. This was the phrase that pastors liked to whip out to counter this "liberal" idea that a sin is something that does harm in the world and hurts other people. In fact, these "don't harm anyone but GOD" sins are the ones evangelical Christians always seemed most concerned with (note: I … [Read more...]

I Don’t Care If You Call Yourself A Feminist, Part 1

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In my time on the feminist internets, I often hear arguments for why EVERYONE should identify as a feminist. "If you think women are people, congrats, you're a feminist!" "Quit saying 'I'm not a feminist, but....' You are a feminist!" Etc., etc., etc. There was a time, when I first became a feminist, when I would have shared quotes saying something similar. But lately, when I see these arguments trying to shame people into identifying as feminists, I get a little uncomfortable. This meme … [Read more...]

Maybe God is a “bitch”

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In the months following my decision to leave fundamentalism for good, I began to shy away from the idea of God as a God of wrath. No, how could God be wrathful? God is love. God isn't angry at us. God loves us. Maybe I was wrong. The wrath of God in fundamentalism is often used to talk about God sending little children to hell for taking a cookie out of the cookie jar. It's often used to talk about how God was so furious with us disgusting human beings that God had to use his own son, … [Read more...]

Learning the Words: Justice

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The blog Defeating the Dragons (by fellow ex-fundamentalist, Samantha) is running a series of guest posts on "the words many of us didn’t have in fundamentalism or overly conservative evangelicalism– and how we got them back." Today, I'm participating in that series, talking about the word "justice." How fundamentalists view the word "justice" and how feminist and liberation theologians view the word "justice" are two VERY different things: The justice of God, to fundamentalists, has … [Read more...]

When the moral arc of the universe feels more like a roller-coaster

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Martin Luther King Jr. (paraphrasing Theodore Parker) once said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." I want to believe that's true. I have to believe that's true. But after this week, I'm beginning to think that Dr. King's arc looks more like a roller-coaster. Of course, Dr. King certainly knows better than I ever will that justice doesn't just happen, and that no matter how many strides you make forward, someone's always going to be trying to push you … [Read more...]

The cross and radical activism

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The idea that Jesus chose, out of his own free will, to go to the cross is a favorite among abusive church leaders. What better way to get people to submit to you than to compare the God they worship to a lamb led to slaughter? Over and over and over I've heard Jesus' submissiveness unto death used as an excuse to abuse or to silence those who wish to call out abuse. I want to propose a different perspective and I want to start with a woman named Alice Paul. In 1917, women in the United … [Read more...]

Crucifixion and Liberation

Image by Aaron Douglas

[Trigger warnings for abuse, rape, and violence against oppressed groups] I recently wrote a blog post for Rachel Held Evans in which I talked about how many popular images of God are abusive. Someone left this comment: I read something once -and it has troubled me since - that God requiring Jesus to die on the cross 'for our sins' was the equivalent of child abuse. I would love to hear some opinions on this matter. A few commenters jumped in to say that since Jesus IS God, it was a … [Read more...]

Feminisms Fest: I need feminism because there is no love without justice.

When I heard that Preston Yancey, Danielle Vermeer, and  J.R. Goudeau were hosting a three-day blog link-up discussing feminism, my first thought was "Damn this timing." See, I was planning on dedicating these very three days to finishing the literature review for my senior research project. So, yesterday I was too busy to contribute because I was staring at a blank Microsoft Word document thinking "Fuck it, I'm going to go watch Fullmetal Alchemist." Tomorrow, I'll probably be too busy to … [Read more...]

Damming up justice: King David, power, and rape

As many of you know, I've been doing research on Christian dating books and their treatment of rape and sexual assault. One such book that I've been reading is the infamous I Kissed Dating Goodbye, by Joshua Harris. In one section that I found interesting, Harris is explaining that "purity does not happen by accident. After telling the story of David and Bathsheba, and reminding us that protecting our purity is a constant process, Josh Harris goes on to explain the "seductive spirit of … [Read more...]

On privilege and taking the stairs

Many people think we shouldn't talk about privilege. Usually, those people who say we shouldn't talk about privilege have quite a lot of it. But (speaking even as a relatively privileged person), speaking about privilege is important, and I think the concept of privilege is often misunderstood. So, I want to share an illustration that helped me understand the concept a little better. I've based this illustration off of an example of privilege given by one of my Women's Studies professors--Ami … [Read more...]


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