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Some Honest Questions For The People Who Keep Asking Me Questions About [Panic Issue Here]

Because that’s the thing with questions: you get answers. And you’re not always going to like or agree with the answers you get—that’s your prerogative! But you can’t do the double-bind of simply “asking” and then pretending to be baffled when people refuse to take you by the hand and guide you through your “innocent” questions.

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Whiteness as the Background Radiation of Gender

We cannot hope to approach a world in which racial justice--not reconciliation, justice--is achieved unless we are willing to challenge whiteness in all its forms, including within the discussion of gender. Russell Moore is fundamentally the wrong person to lead this charge, but an unsurprising one from a political standpoint. It helps the white church to look "progressive" on certain issues, to play their cards right in the midst of a tumultuous election season. But the centrality of whiteness to all of Moore's positions guarantees that no real change will ever happen.

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Linguistic Distance and Speaking the Same Language

The inability to do this between the hard-right literalist and the liberationist theologians creates a dissonance in the language that starts small but echoes out into larger and larger rifts. Part of the reason Matthew Vines has found such success is that he can easily and quickly speak the evangelical language and can be trusted to understand and start from the same place as the evangelicals he’s discussing these issues with. There’s a level of authority there that I consciously gave up when I decided to declare myself a pro-choice, feminist, bisexual theologian. I can’t be trusted to be on the same page as the evangelicals anymore, despite us starting from the same book, from the same Scriptures, and from the same faith in a creator God who loves us.

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On Lights in the Darkness: Baylor and Sexual Assault

Baylor has a systemic problem that cannot be solved by targeting one or two people on staff. Individual people failed, yes, but these individuals are supported by a system of apathy toward victims of sexual assault. Keeping status quo is okay, so long as only one or two people are harmed—and we can get those people to leave if we’re apathetic enough. Our culture—especially Christian culture—encourages silence. Baylor University must overcome both the ongoing culture of silence around sexual assault and the Christian purity culture that prevents open discussion about sexuality in any form.

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