I only saw the album art for Pharell’s new solo record, Girl, today (though it, apparently, dropped last week—-and the Outrage Police have issued a citation on complaining about it now, so laaaate.) And I was pissed.
Maybe “pissed” is too strong a word. I rolled my eyes. I wasn’t surprised….
by Nicole Ouimette
The revolution will not be cited. It will not have a bibliography, or a title page. The revolution will never happen in the seclusion of the ivory tower built by racist, sexist, and classist institutions. Professional academic researchers in the social sciences of many colleges and universities exploit the struggles of oppressed peoples. Oppressed peoples are left stranded with little to no resources after researchers leave their communities high and dry.
Researchers steal value from oppressed peoples by making them the subjects of theoretical research without lending them access to information that could better help their communities. Articles, books, and dissertations written about marginalized populations are written for academics, not working people, and as such have little impact on the people whose lives are the subject of this research. Liberal academics and social scientists are more concerned about developing the wealth of academic literature than addressing the immediate material concerns of the communities they research.
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a challenge to a buffer zone law that protects patients and staff at clinics in Massachusetts from anti-choice harassment and violence.
Across the country, extreme, often violent, anti-choice protesters physically block access to clinics and intimidate people exercising their constitutionally protected rights. Learn more about this issue and the laws that exist to protect patients and their doctors.
As a clinic escort here in DC, I can’t stress enough how important these buffer zone laws are. They make our jobs easier and make the patients feel much safer!
gotta love Christians
One common thing about the Nice Guy™ myth is the patriarchal divide between men, “alphas” and “betas.” Ignoring the fact that ALL men (and women, no less, in a kyriarchal society) are socialized to believe that sexism is “natural” and that misogyny is warranted towards any woman who doesn’t…
Someone, and I am late with this, asked me about how an “atheist” wedding looks like. That’s a great question.
A fact: I worked in the wedding business for over 10 years. If I learned anything about weddings is that many, many couples of all ages, classes, races, religions, etc. are really moving away from the “traditional” wedding. Many are not wearing white dresses, using secular settings for their weddings, and not even using a member of the clergy.
In other words, its okay for anyone to do a wedding ANYWAY they want. You can make up your own vows, jump over the broom, or anything else that floats your boat.
So a wedding can look like any other wedding. I have seen one couple have EVERYONE present “marry” them. It was awesome to watch. I hope that answers your question.
by Jerry DeWitt with Ethan Brown
Jerry DeWitt is what he calls a “meaning minister.” Although he was a Pentacostal pastor for close to 25 years, he didn’t have a megachurch. He ministered or co-ministered over churches that never numbered over 100 members. DeWitt was the “meaning minister” that tried to give meaning to his congregants on a day to day level. As a teenager, DeWitt imagined himself ministering to a small church while doing church revivals around the world to help bring Christ to everyone. Everyone in his family attended several local Pentacostal churches in his rural Louisiana parish.
Although he was naïve when became saved, DeWitt set out to make his dreams come true. He married young and although he struggled financially, he worked hard on doing revivals. He prayed for hours each night and studied the Bible voraciously as he worked several part time jobs to support his struggling young family.
Like most atheists, DeWitt didn’t have ONE terrible life altering experience that made him shed his beliefs. For decades, he struggled with several parts of the doctrine he followed. It seemed like every few months he had to readjust his doctrinal compass as he realized that more and more of what he believed could not be reconciled with reality. Despite his economic setbacks, DeWitt had a great relationship with his church community and the greater community he lived in.
DeWitt is extremely honest with his failings as a pastor. He slowly moved to a more liberal church view but in the end, he realized that no matter how liberal his approach was to Christianity, it still did not work. He saw that his biggest failure was attempting to help others in their crucible by using God or the Bible.
Overall, while many atheists or agnostics may not have been clergy, the struggle is the same. DeWitt captures this conflict as he agonizes over details in scripture and doctrine. This makes this book very important. He fleshes out why he continued to see how his belief system was dated and irrelevant. I enjoyed the book not because of DeWitt’s struggle but because he was honest about his humanity. The part that captured me and kept me glued was when he attempted to save his grandfather and failed to give him CPR. It was at this point that he began to question his leadership ability (even though his leadership helps save two churches and build the DeRidder county in Louisiana).
Towards the end DeWitt says, “As an atheist, doing all things doesn’t mean doing everything – it means doing the most that I am capbale of, which allows me to clearly identify with myself as the flawed human being that I am. With faith, I expected to be super human, to put on a happy face all the time. Without faith, I’m allowed to be human.”
This book is highly recommended especially for those that are extremely devout. However, this book is written for those who have doubts and are afraid to express them. In a sense, we are all “meaning ministers.”