Culture Warriors category archive
Timothy Egan marvels at the unwavering support that evangelical they-call-themselves-Christians have for Donald Trump, a venal vulgarian who makes Bob Guccione look like a choir boy, and concludes
Follow the link to learn why he says that.
Leonard Pitts, Jr., notes that it’s a thing:
Has anyone else noticed that the more power the extreme right wing amasses, the less satisfied it seems to be? That the more government it controls, the more fearful and angry the extreme right becomes?
More at the link.
Would it be appropriate to refer to someone who sends bigoted “tweets” as a “twigot”?
One of the most powerful weapons of rape culture for centuries has been indoctrinating victims, particularly women, to believe that, if they are abused, it’s somehow their fault, rather than the fault of the abusers. As our society has gotten more open about sex and sexual behavior (and, some would say, cruder), that may be changing. According the San Jose Mercury-News, women in tech have become more willing to expose the misconduct of tech dude-bros. Here’s a bit from a much longer article:
Now investors and entrepreneurs alike are scrambling for solutions. Insiders say sexual harassment is a rampant problem in an industry dominated by male investors and founders. Just 7 percent of partners at the top venture capital firms are women, and only 17 percent of startups have a female founder, according to Crunchbase studies.
Sixty percent of those women report experiencing sexual harassment, according to “Elephant in the Valley,” a 2015 survey by venture capitalist Trae Vassallo and others of more than 200 female tech executives, founders and investors.
“It’s reached epidemic proportions in Silicon Valley, and there’s so much more that needs to be done,” said San Francisco-based angel investor Karen Bairley Kruger, who founded Wingpact to support female entrepreneurs and investors.
Thomas Chatterton Williams reflects on the opioid* epidemic and the contradiction embraced by supporters of Donald Trump. A snippet:
One of the great ironies of our era is that the (health–ed.) care that so many Americans of all colors need—imperfect though it may be—is being rejected by a significant minority of whites who would rather destroy themselves than be helped by someone who is black.
Follow the link to find out his reasoning.
*When Not White people do it, it’s called “illegal drugs.”
Ken Hamm’s Creationist Museum is
on the rocks not performing as expected in filling Mr. Hamm’s wallet.
One wonders whether Mr. Hamm has considered that this may be God’s will.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Marty Klein muses on why the right wing and “Christian” culture warriors oppose birth control. He offers several reasons. Here’s an excrept, including the reasons; follow the link for his discussion of each (emphasis added):
Millions of people around the world will have sex tonight. And more than 99% of it will NOT be intended to create a pregnancy. Yet many cultural, religious, and political traditions treat contraception as an anomaly, something to be regulated and even criminalized.
Most Americans of every faith pick and choose which parts of their religion they follow at various times in life (the First Amendment guarantees the right of such convenient selectivity). So there are reasons besides “sin” that so many religiously-oriented people oppose birth control—particularly for other people; here are some of those reasons:
- Contraception makes it clear that people have sex for pleasure and intimacy
- Contraception effectively limits family size, empowering women
- Contraception reduces a key unwanted consequence of sex, promoting (women’s–ed.) autonomy
- Contraception may make abortion more acceptable
In The Guardian, Daniel José Camacho explores the intertwining of Christianity, racism, and right-wing politics in the United States. A snippet:
Condemning white supremacy and the alt-right movement shouldn’t be hard. But the Southern Baptist Convention – the nation’s largest Protestant denomination– had its doubts about whether to do so this week.
During the annual meeting, they initially declined to pass a resolution doing just that. Chaos ensued at the denomination’s annual meeting and a firestorm of criticism quickly followed. Delegates eventually passed a modified version of the resolution – originally drafted by one of its black pastors – but the damage had been done.
It would be a mistake to interpret this fiasco simply as a misstep. The Southern Baptist Convention’s reluctance to condemn racism is not only true to its history but it reflects how white supremacy is built into the very DNA of American Christianity.
Follow the link to see why he said that.
Afshan Jafar, professor of sociology at Connecticut College, discusses how stereotypes reinforce stigma and bigotry. He’s discussing contemporary stereotypes of Muslims, but he could as easily be discussing any other group target for bigots to take the blame.
Here’s a bit; follow the link for the rest.
Many people, including President Donald Trump, point to “the Muslim community” as a cause and a solution. Let me say this bluntly: There is no such thing as “the Muslim community,” there is no such thing as “the Muslims” or even “the Muslim man” or “the Muslim woman.”
As a professor of sociology at Connecticut College, this is a lesson I teach my students early, by asking them to finish the sentence: “Muslim women are … ?” which they do readily and predictably (by using words such as “oppressed,” “silenced,” “passive,” “subjugated” and sometimes by using what they consider to be positive words such as “beautiful” or “strong”). I then ask them to imagine instead that the question is “Christian women are … ?” The second question makes no sense, they say. How, they ask, could we speak for all Christian women or make a universal remark about them?
In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tony Norman marvels at evangelical “Christians” (Michael in Norfolk calls then “Christofacists”) support for Donald Trump. A snippet:
In the universe that I come from, Christians would rather have been fed to the lions than to have been allied with a vulgarian like Donald Trump. In this simulated universe, the American faction of Christianity appears to worship a Jesus that has contempt for the poor, hates refugees and embraces militarism. Here, Jesus blesses wealth and power and those who seek it relentlessly.
Blame the victim.
The group (Council on American-Islamic Relations or CAIR–ed.) released a statement Saturday demanding an investigation into the Thursday incident. They say a female Muslim student, a 15-year-old sophomore, was harassed by a male student and called a terrorist. An altercation between the students ensued and the security guard intervened, along with the school resource officer, a police officer assigned to the school.
“The security guard focused completely on her,” Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of CAIR, said Monday. “He proceeded to grab her.”
The story goes on to say that the guard ripped the girl’s hijab off her head, then was taken to the police station. No action was taken against the fine upstanding young man who started it.
Via The Root.
Farron explains how the Trump circus is providing cover for bigotry at the state level.