Tony Jones’ Cross is a Symbol of Abuse (Or, How To Abuse Women Like A Pacifist)


[content note: domestic violence and spiritual abuse]If you spend a lot of time in the same "progressive Christian internet" circles that I frequent, you may have heard of Tony Jones (theologian, blogger, and one of the founders of the Emergent Church movement). Hopefully you have also heard of his ex-wife, Julie McMahon, who recently went public with accusations (and supporting documents) that Jones abused her both during and after their marriage.If you haven't heard, R.L. Stollar has … [Read more...]

The Inherent Violence Of “Pro-Life Pacifism”

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[Content Notes: Abortion. Graphic Discussion of Pregnancy/Childbirth Risks. Brief Discussion of Rape] Today I want to talk about everyone's favorite topic: ABORTION! YAY!Actually, I want want to talk about a very specific subgroup of pro-lifers: Pro-Life Pacifists. I should start by explaining who these Pro-Life Pacifists are. Pro-life pacifists are usually liberal/left-leaning Christians who claim to be pro-life "across the board." They not only oppose abortion, but also war, the d … [Read more...]

#TheNewPacifism: Preston Sprinkle, and the Cost of “Privileged Pacifism”

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It's that time of year again! My friend Rod is hosting the second annual #TheNewPacifism synchroblog over at Political Jesus. This synchroblog is for starting new conversations about pacifism, in light of privilege, injustice, and the intersections of gender, race, class, queerness, and other factors. Last year I contributed with my series on Privileged Pacifism. I have a few posts up my sleeve this year as well, and here's the first.Be sure to check out #TheNewPacifism! This year's theme … [Read more...]

Privilege in Christian Pacifism: Privileged Pacifism’s Worldview Problem

This is my fourth, and final (probably...for now at least) piece on some of the problems that unevaluated privilege can cause in Christian pacifist movements. I’m linking this series up to h00die_R’s synchroblog on the topic–The New Pacifism. Be sure to check out my other posts here,  here, and here. Content Note: Discussion of Hugo Schwyzer, John Howard Yoder, sexual abuse, and abuse apologyOver the past few weeks at my church, my pastor--Julian Davies--has been going through a series of … [Read more...]

Privilege in Christian Pacifism: What Counts as Violence?

This is my third piece in a series about the problems that privilege brings to Christian pacifist movements. I'm linking this series up to h00die_R's synchroblog on the topic--The New Pacifism. Be sure to check out the other posts in my series here, and here. I've already talked about privileged pacifism's tendency to take scenarios where violence might occur and treat them as thought exercises where they can fantasize about how they'd respond to that violence. I mentioned in this post that … [Read more...]

Privilege in Christian Pacifism: Fight the Systems, Not the Survivors

This is the second post in a short series I've been working on about the problems that privilege brings in Christian pacifist circles. The first post can be found here. I'm also linking this post up to the Political Jesus synchroblog--The New Pacifism.In my last post on pacifism, I discussed the tendency of many privileged pacifists to shame survivors who do not react to abuse in "approved" non-violent ways. I wrote about how it's dehumanizing to hear people who admittedly probably won't … [Read more...]

Privilege in Christian Pacifism: My Life is Not Your Thought Exercise

I wrote this post a few days ago and had it scheduled for today, but since h00die_R is hosting a synchroblog at Political Jesus on the topic of pacifism, I thought I'd link up! Check it out and see if you'd be interested in participating. I've been thinking about pacifism lately. It's come up in my church, in Twitter discussions, and in blog posts. This is not a response specifically to any recent discussions of pacifism, but since it keeps coming up I do want to let out some of the thoughts … [Read more...]

Must Reads!

Princess Buttercup, making a yawn by Sam Moon

Here are some important and/or interesting recent posts from around the blogosphere. Also, as always, I will include an adorable picture of one of my cats. Enjoy!"A Statement of Trans-Inclusive Feminism and Womanism" by Feminists Fighting Transphobia What we all have in common is the conviction that feminism should welcome trans* people, and that trans* people are essential to feminism’s mission to advocate for women and other people oppressed, exploited, and otherwise marginalized by pa … [Read more...]

Their caricatures of me aren’t me.

Language is powerful, and so, when we find ourselves with enemies, we use their own language against them. Oppressive people do this to me often.They tell me I must tolerate their hateful, abusive religious beliefs.They tell me that speaking out against their slurs is taking away their free speech. They say I must coexist by remaining friends with people who actively work to take away the rights of my other friends.They call me a bad pacifist when I get angry (even if I do not act out in … [Read more...]

How Kittums, Smeagol, and Princess Buttercup taught me to love

Please read this article by Ben DeVries on Kurt Williams blog. It has a wonderful, beautiful point, and adorable animals. You can't lose. Read it! This post of mine is a response of sorts.I'm an animal lover.There's no denying it.If you don't believe me, check out my Facebook page. Chances are, my profile picture currently has at least one cat in it. I love animals.It's a … [Read more...]