When Christianity Became About the Opposite of Social Justice.

Originally posted on Roll to Disbelieve:

Love your neighbor as yourself. Give till it hurts.Feed the hungry. Clothe the naked and comfort the sick, imprisoned, and mourning. As you treat the least, you treat Jesus himself. Never fight back against persecution or resist the predations of those who mean you harm. If you’re hit in the face, turn the other cheek to your attacker’s hand. If you’re told to carry heavy stuff for a mile, carry it for two without complaint. If someone compels you to give them your coat, give them your shirt as well. Sell everything you own, if you’re convinced you’ve done everything else to keep the laws, and give the proceeds to the poor. Your King is a beggar, a stranger in his own land, who died the most humiliating death imaginable at the time, and a Prince of Peace rather than…

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The Deadly Self-Pity Of The Police

Originally posted on Samir Chopra:

In 1997, as a graduate teaching fellow, I began teaching two introductory classes in philosophy at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Many of my students were training for careers in criminology and law enforcement. Some hoped to join the FBI, yet others, the New York City police force. And, as I had been told (warned?) some of my students were serving NYPD officers, perhaps hoping to become detectives, gain added educational qualifications and so on. In my first semester, I did not meet any of these worthies.

A few weeks into my second semester, soon after I had finished teaching for the night, a student walked up to me, asked me a couple of questions about the material I had just covered and then introduced himself. He was a serving officer in the NYPD, working in a Brooklyn precinct. We chatted for…

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The Ferguson Masterpost: How To Argue Eloquently & Back Yourself Up With Facts

Originally posted on [smut & sensibility]:

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The only kind of bombs I fully support are truth-bombs, and that’s why I’ve come together with a group of POC and select White allies to write…

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Moving Social Justice with People of Color Beyond Faith

Originally posted on Chocolate City Skeptics:


“There is no such thing as a single issue struggle because we do not live single issue lives.”
– Audre Lorde

The weekend of October 11th and 12th marked the first Moving Social Justice Conference presented by People of Color Beyond Faith, a project of Black Skeptics Group. The goal of the conference wasto address issues of social justice from a radical humanist perspective and brought together organizers, activists, community leaders, and thinkers from different walks of life to discuss topics ranging from feminism to the school to prison pipeline. So it was a real departure from the general topics addressed by mainstream secular/ humanists groups that narrowly focus on issues of visibility, anti-theism, and science education. This conference embodied, as Debbie Goddard stated during the conference, that “intersectionality is our lives”. And for those of us who stand at the various intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality those…

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An Explanation, but no apology.

Originally posted on everyday whorephobia:

Everyday whorephobia is a collective, any current or former sex worker who agrees with harm reduction, decriminlization and our core beliefs (detailed here) can represent us. This representation can be on twitter, writing for the blog or at events. It has to be this way for we believe no one is representative and every sex worker’s voice matters. To avoid various hierarchies, including whorearchy we have evolved to be a space where sex workers across the world see us as their account, this is how it should be.

You may have noticed that Everyday Whorephobia twitter account was deactivated, and the emails ect have been silent for most of October, there is a very good reason for this. Two black women in the US (and the use of blackness here is specific, more of this later) used the Everyday Whorephobia name to promote a fundraiser for two murdered…

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No, We Don’t Want Your Apologies (AKA You are not a very good ally if…)

Originally posted on Seriously?!?:

Ugh, another day, another round of self-described allies fucking the fuck up.  So, with the help of my awesome buddies on my Facebook page, I gathered a pretty nice list of things you should be looking out from.

You are not a very good ally if…

  1. Your allyship is only valid if my tone is pleasing and I never challenge you.  Guess what, genius? You’re going to fuck up, and THAT’S when rubber hits the road. Will you cop to your mistake, maybe think about it, maybe try not to make that mistake again?  Or will you double and triple and quadruple down and insist that these same people who you believe to be supporting are wrong?
  2. If you feel the need ‘apologize’ for having privilege, but only when challenged. Your apologies don’t help shit when they’re about shit you can’t help.  I don’t need you to apologize for being…

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It’s Not Me, It’s You: Children of Christian Narcissists

Originally posted on godless in dixie:


[Guest post written by Deanna M. Boudov]

If you are like me and you were indoctrinated as a Christian since birth by your character-impaired parent(s), you may ask yourself:  What came first, the religion or the personality problem?  Sometimes these two wonderful things just come together in one wacky, messed-up package.

Neil and I are in a group of what I like to think of as a union of sorts, an International Brotherhood of Survivors of Christianity.  We mostly just goof around on the internet, and on occasion meet up in Texas at a halfway-house for wayward adults. I am often shocked and heartbroken by Neil’s experiences in Dixie, and feel both guilty and grateful to live in the Northeast.  Here Catholics and liberal Christians may think you are a complete weirdo for not sharing their beliefs, but the most likely scenario is that you are not going to lose…

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