I’ve been up since 2am not from any form of jet lag, but as I sit here in the Bekaa Valley just a handful of miles from the Syrian border, I cannot help but try to sort through the frustration and anger that sits in my soul like an over-inflated balloon about to burst.
What the hell is wrong with us white people?
I have the immense privilege of spending my days with some of the greatest heroes on this planet. Beautiful humans who have lost everything in their lives, gone through more than any westerner could ever even try to imagine, yet spend each day giving everything they are to bring love into this world when we need it the most.
In all of my life, through all of the amazing social justice warriors I have encountered, none even come close to my friends here on the Syrian border. My friends who happen to be Muslim and refugees themselves. My friends who many people demonize, dehumanize, and call terrorists when the reality is, they are people who we should aspire to be half as world-changing as they are on a daily basis.
Looking at basic facts, the greatest terroristic threat to the west, and probably the world as a whole, comes from within our egocentric white-people world. White supremacy is that next level mass terrorism that uses gas-lighting on crack. And it has been for centuries.
And I hope you are outraged.
Not only because fifty beautiful humans were slaughtered at their place of worship by a white-terrorist in New Zealand the other day, but because White Christian terrorism- both individuals and nations – have been destroying this world for far too long.
The thing is, after growing up white, with Christian-background, and privileged AF in the US, I have encountered more love and kindness – completely undeserved love and kindness – from each and every Muslim that I have ever encountered, than I have from every white church that I have ever been to combined.
The reality of terrorism is that the culture we white people have cultivated through colonization, genocide, and imperialism is the greatest terroristic threat to ourselves and this world and this is where our outrage and action needs to be.
I was raised by evangelical parents and though we went to church every Sunday as a kid, I never really bought into religion. Sure, when I was about four years old, I sat on the maroon suede chairs that smelled like old books in our living room and begged Jesus repeatedly to get into my heart to avoid hellfire and gnashing of teeth and all, but I was never the religious type – I was more of the rebellious type.
By middle school I found myself partying, getting kicked out of every school from seventh grade until my junior year of high school, and basically living that pseudo, teenage, rock-n-roll lifestyle - much to my Christian parents’ dismay.
Through the parting and influx of hormones, I also started having sex pretty young and something weird happened. Though the immorality of the drinking, flipping out on any supposed authority figure, and drugs, internally weren’t an issue for me – pre-marital sex screwed with me for years. For whatever reason, throughout most of my life, the lies of purity culture stuck deep within me, constantly whispering that I was “ruined goods.”
The idea that pre-marital sex was like the worst thing I could ever do and that god would punish me probably forever for my immoral actions was imbedded deeper than I would like to even admit. And with this frame of mind came shame, a lot of shame.
You see purity culture didn’t stop me from having sex, it just deeply ingrained in me that I was lesser-than and would now never deserve a decent relationship because I had sex outside of marriage.
What purity culture did to me was wreck my sense of self-worth and I wasn’t even religious.
Purity culture perpetuates the rape culture that runs rampant in our society.
It told me that unwanted sexual comments from men when I was eleven were my fault. It told me that if a man grabbed my ass for any reason that was my fault. And for fifteen years it told me that what I now know was rape - was my fault.
I was thirteen years old, he was thirty-three. I said no over and over. But he wouldn’t listen with his bodyweight holding my body down, eventually I just froze. I didn’t fight him, I froze sitting outside my body while he forced himself inside me. I disconnected and when it was over, I couldn’t wash off the disgust I felt with myself for “allowing” it to happen. And for fifteen years, I told myself that it was my fault, by not freezing, I had given my consent and I was disgusting for it.
Until one day, years later at twenty-eight years old, after someone asked me, “If that was your daughter, what would you have called it?” and everything inside me broke and rage consumed me. For the first time in my life, I saw it wasn’t my fault. I was a child and a grown man raped me.
This is what purity culture does. It’s a disease and it tears us apart in the exact place that we need to be empowered.
You see if instead of teaching girls that sex is bad and takes away from our worth, we empowered girls in their sexuality, we encouraged them to own their sexuality knowing that they are in control of their bodies; we would have the greater ability to fight rape culture. If we taught our girls consent, not just yes or no, but the fact that their sexuality is powerful and they can choose to explore it with others or withhold it from anyone and that either choice is okay as long as it is their choice, we could change this culture that rips women apart.
If I would have felt empowered by my sexuality, instead of being told to be ashamed of it, it may not have stopped my rape, but at least it would have taken away or at least lessened the years of me blaming and tearing myself apart. Maybe, I could have healed instead hated myself. Maybe I would have known how wrong it was and maybe my rapist would have been held accountable for what he did to a child.
So basically a white GOP leader wants to punish Ilhan Omar for speaking out against the government of Israel because she tends to bring up the fact that Israel is oppressive and AIPAC buys out US politicians.
In response to this white guy, a journalist tweeted, “…It is stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans.”
And then Ilhan responded to this journalist and everyone lost it.
Her reply was shocking to both Democrats and Republicans.
Ilhan tweeted, “It’s all about the Benjamin’s baby.” She actually said it. In letters. On the internet. BENJAMINS.
And she added a music note emoji.
What could she have been thinking? Implying that politicians are motivated by cash money? What?!
So naturally everyone flipped out because apparently this is considered anti-Semitic tweeting. Even Chelsea Clinton had something to say for some reason even though I’m not sure why she is even relevant in the conversation or broader world for that matter.
Basically, the lesson of the day is, using your 1st Amendment right of free speech to criticize an oppressive not-US government, if the government happens to be Israel’s, is not okay in America.
America loves Israel.
America sends Israel billions of dollars in military aid and overlooks the fact that Israel is an apartheid state and if you dare point out the humanitarian crisis and internationally-deemed illegal stealing of land, and the pouring of bombs on Palestinian children, and the blockade and essential genocide towards Gazans - YOU are anti-Semitic
Which is complete bullshit. To be anti-oppression does not equate to being Anti-Semitic, even when it comes to Israel and you people need to get it together.
Anti-Semitism is real in this country.
It is disgusting and we need to stand against it.
Anti-Semitism leads to some white guy shooting up a synagogue.
Anti-Semitism looks like Neo Nazis marching the streets.
Anti-Semitism is discriminating against a person because they are Jewish.
Anti-Semitism is real and in all of its forms, is straight up evil.
But being Anti-Israeli government is NOT Anti-Semitic.
Speaking out against the nation state of Israel because they are oppressing an entire people group, is NOT Anti-Semitic.
Speaking out against the government of Israel in its creation of a humanitarian crisis, is straight up Anti-oppression.
As Martin Luther King Jr said, “Oppression anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
And I’ll say it again for those in the back who fancy themselves advocates for equality, and social justice, and love and stuff in this world.
Being Anti-Israeli government is NOT Anti-Semitic – it’s Anti-oppression.
Learn the difference and fight against oppression everywhere, including Israel.
And thank you Ilhan for standing up for those who even many progressives self-titled social justice advocates refuse to support.
In the world of progressive Jesus followers, there is a debate when it comes to dealing with the social injustices that flood our world. One of the main criticisms I find in this arena is that people like me are too outspoken, too fiery and that there is another way, a better way, a third way to approach social injustice. Fiery people cause tension and tension doesn’t make the right kind of peace when it comes to the third way.
The third way is favored by liberal white guys with that California hipster swagger who have given themselves the title of peacemaker. The game plan here is to listen to both sides when it comes to issues of injustice.
Listen to people of color who have lost their children to police brutality. Listen to the Chads who feel that the Confederate flag is a simple representation of their heritage. Listen to immigrants at the southern border who have just had their family ripped apart as they desperately beg for refuge. Listen to the ICE agents who are just trying to do their job. Listen to everyone’s side and every once in a while speak up for social justice issues, but in more of a muted manner because self-titled peacemakers do not want to offend the ICE agents or Racist Chads.
Third way peacemakers do state that they are against oppression, but they never ever call out racist Chad because that would put a wedge in the peace. They have the ICE agents over for dinner to learn about their side of the story, but don’t bring up the children they imprisoned earlier that week, because again that could break the peace and PEACEMAKERS CANNOT BREAK THE PEACE.
RULE ONE OF THIRD WAY PEACEMAKERS – DO NOT BREAK THE PEACE.
Third way peacemakers have to make the peace, and to make the peace, they have to have peace with both sides. They can disagree with the actions of one side, but they have to tip toe around the subject as to not upset anyone. THEY ARE PEACEMAKERS.
I mean, they take pictures and tell us when they go to the border and even pray with the actual oppressed. That is peace. Right, I mean right guys?
That is how we create an environment of negative peace – a peace without tension. AND HOW CAN THERE BE PEACE IF THERE IS TENSION????
This is why people like me are bad when it comes to the third way, we always break the peace. Our way ruins the harmony between the peacemaker and the oppressor. STOP BREAKING THEIR PEACE.
Third way peacemakers follow Jesus and Jesus is love and love means never breaking the peace.
Would Jesus break the negative peace and bring tension?
I mean it’s not like Jesus continuously called out the oppressors in a broad and public manner. He definitely didn’t call the oppressors broods of vipers and white-washed tombs. And when he had dinner with the oppressors, even though he didn’t agree with their ways, he definitely didn’t ever call them out and bring any tension into play.
Oh wait, except he did. He did all of that. He brought all of the tension when it came to oppression. He always boldly called out the oppressors and never gave them a pass for the sake of keeping a tensionless peace.
It’s almost like Dr, Martin Luther King Jr understood both the ways of Jesus and the issue with the third way mentality when he wrote Letter From Birmingham Jail.
"First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;" who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a "more convenient season."
Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."
It’s almost like third way peacemakers are in reality, a great stumbling block towards the fight for justice. It’s almost like there is no third way and the idea of a third way is just there to make some of us feel like we are peacemakers without having to deal with the backlash and not being well-liked by some that comes when you actually stand up against the oppressors and do the hard work that comes with seeking justice.
But what do I know - I’m just some bleeding heart liberal who doesn’t even agree with white people titling themselves as a peacemaker in the first place.
A lot of people like to call themselves “Pro-life,” but let’s be real, not a ton of people understand what all they have to support in order to give themselves this title without being a massive-hypocritical-liar.
So in an effort to help the world be more real and authentic and all of that trendy crap, I have compiled a list of the bare minimum that a person must support if they want to hold on to their beloved title of Pro-life.
Sorry, these are the very basic non-negotiables.
1. Universal Healthcare (Including Dental and Vision)
Because you cannot expect a person to be able to complete life, let alone a pregnancy or childhood without access to doctors, medicine, hospitals, and root canals.
2. Universal Childcare
Because, you need to understand the fact that childcare costs the same or more a month than most people’s rent and jobs don’t tend to allow small children in the workplace, they are a total liability.
3. Funding Food Stamps
Because food is important to maintain life.
4. Livable Minimum Wage
Because children and life cost money and that’s probably not going to change in the near future.
5. Ending Police Brutality & Racism
Because people of color also deserve life you red-hatted racist.
6. Regulating Guns
Because mass shootings contradict everyone’s right to life.
7. Stopping ALL WAR
Because killing people is the opposite of supporting life.
8. Welcoming Refugees and Immigrants
Because regardless of the nationality on ones passport, everyone’s chance at life deserves our full support. Sorry not sorry border wall groupies.
9. Basically nothing that Trump and friends support.
This one is self-explanatory and if it is not, you automatically lose your title…
We lock children in cages and shoot tear gas at families desperately seeking refuge. That is who we are.
We are violent.
The number one arms dealer in the entire world in fact. War profiteering is kind of our thing.
Millions and millions of children starving to death in Yemen, damn, wish we could help but instead of food, all we can do is provide their oppressors with the weapons that keep the children dying.
We are genocide enablers. Which shouldn’t surprise you.
Our country was founded on genocide. I don’t know why we pretend it wasn’t.
We are violent.
We allow our police to shoot unarmed people of color without real repercussions. Twelve year old boys – it was their fault they were murdered, they shouldn’t have been black.
Mass shootings have become one of the main things that make America, America. All around the world they know us by our mass shootings.
We are violent.
It is our God-given right to own machines specifically designed to kill as many people as possible, in as short of time as possible. It’s in our constitution. Well, it is if you completely misinterpret it anyway. Regardless, it is our greatest amendment.
Freedom of speech, who needs it?
All men are created equal, please, the founding fathers didn’t even mean that crap.
The right to bear arms is all we need here in America.
We are a fearful people. It is what keeps us strong.
This is just the tip of who we are.
One nation under capitalism, with bigotry, and xenophobia for all.
Vote like you’ve never voted before.
Vote like you don’t want to be embarrassed to admit that you’re American when you travel.
Vote like you don’t wish our world went The Man in The High Castle route.
Vote like the earth is the only home we have.
Vote like your government is locking tiny children in cages.
Vote like you would prefer clean drinking water.
Vote like your government is cutting funding for children’s health insurance so that billionaires can get richer.
Vote like you could get rid a Ted Cruz.
Vote like the education of our youth actually matters.
Vote like there are literal Nazis on the streets.
Vote like they are trying to suppress your vote.
Vote like school shootings have become the norm.
Vote like you know the definition of an invasion vs asylum seeking.
Vote like you want The Handmaid’s Tale to stay fiction.
Vote like you are not okay with rape.
Vote like Jesus wasn’t a white republican.
Vote like you live in the most egocentric nation in the world.
Vote like the leader of your nation is a sexual predator.
Vote like you are living in an oligarchy, because you are.
Vote like Jerry Falwell Jr exists.
Vote like you don’t want your grandkids to have to wear spf 5000.
Vote like money is not worth more than your entire soul.
Vote like you care, about anything other than yourself. Like anything at all.
Vote like blue is your favorite color.
Vote like love needs a win.
Really, just vote like you are a decent human being.
The following is an excerpt from the book, Not Your White Jesus.
Jesus is not a white guy. I hate to break it to you, but all those pictures you grew up seeing on the walls of your church or in your grandma’s dining room showcasing the fair-skinned, blue-eyed, handsome, white Jesus are fabrications. They lied to you. Jesus isn’t American; he’s not even campaigning for America’s greatness!
There’s more. He actually doesn’t care more about Americans than any other humans in the entire world (including Muslims and Communists). I’m serious—I checked the entire Bible and couldn’t find one sentence pertaining to America being the most amazing nation ever in existence. I know, I was shocked too.
Blatant sarcasm aside, if you are like me, raised in a typical white American Christian home going to church every Sunday as a child, you know what I am talking about. If you didn’t grow up in this fabricated, cookie-cutter context, but you grew up virtually anywhere in the United States, chances are you know what I’m talking about. If you grew up in a completely different culture and country but you have seen Americans on TV, chances are you still know what I’m talking about.
As a kid, I never differentiated Jesus from the Christianity I saw; to me they seemed one and the same. Christianity is a religion and I’ve always felt some aversion toward religion. No matter how hard I tried, I never felt I belonged inside the walls of a church building. Though I was raised in an evangelical church, I felt like an observing outcast wondering why I heard talk of loving others but felt the weight of judgment and exclusivity. It wasn’t all bad; I had some fun social times in youth groups, mostly meeting cute boys. I even believed the ABCs I grew up hearing in order to save my soul from eternal hellfire: A: Admit that you are a sinner in need of grace. B: Believe that God sent Jesus to die a bloody death for our sins. C: Confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior. When I was about four years old, I vividly remember sitting on an oversized maroon suede chair in my living room and essentially yelling at Jesus to get into my heart over and over again because I couldn’t be sure if he was in there or not and I was terrified because—you know—the hellfire pit and gnashing of teeth and what not.
That was pretty much the extent of my involvement while growing up in the world of white Christianity. The American Church always felt like a place to be hurt—not a place for the hurting. From as far back as I can remember—a few real, spiritual moments in youth group aside—I always felt there was something more to this whole thing we call life, some sort of purpose that actually held meaning in this world. However, I definitely wasn’t seeing that purpose—that radical, world-changing call—in church. I wasn’t seeing Jesus. In the midst of Christianity, I somehow completely missed the ways of Jesus and I don’t think that I am unique in this.
The truth is, growing up in this supposed “Christian nation,” it took me a quarter of a century to figure out who Jesus actually is. We tend to be a self-serving, money-driven, achievement-based, all-too-fearful nation, and there is a large section of the American Church that has followed right along, loud and proud, worshiping a made-up character I call White-Jesus.
To be perfectly clear, I’m not trying to debate Jesus’ literal skin color. Jesus was born in Palestine, so it is safe to assume his skin was some shade of brown, but the White-Jesus ideology is much more than just mistakenly picturing Jesus as a Caucasian American. White-Jesus is the symbolic representation of a white-washed, Americanized Jesus that not all, but much of the American Church seems to follow. White-Jesus represents the conservative ideology that is controlled by white guys and dominates the American Church. It is an ideology that we see spread throughout the religion of Christianity, but it is also an ideology that is prevalent in our nation’s politics.
White-Jesus Christianity stands firmly against health care for the vulnerable but is all about tax breaks for big business and spending millions and millions on its president’s lavish “needs.” White-Jesus Christianity is a crusader for the right to birth while blatantly disregarding a right to life as it writes off children slaughtered around the globe in American drone strikes as “collateral damage.” White-Jesus Christianity strongly advocates for the deportation of immigrants who are simply trying to provide a life for their families and it refuses refuge to the most vulnerable―giving them an essential death sentence—but increases in military funds are totally cool.
The White-Jesus ideology of American Christianity has largely failed when it comes to preaching and practicing the message of Jesus and collectively gets it wrong far more than right. Because of White-Jesus ideology, the term “American Christian” invokes thoughts of the vastly oppressive and even hateful philosophy that is imbedded not only in our culture, but in our political sphere, having an effect on the world as a whole. The severity of our situation should be blatantly obvious in the fact that American White-Jesus Christians have managed to bring to power a bigoted-misogynistic-racist sexual predator as the “leader” of this nation.
There are, for sure, many amazing Christians in the U.S. who are truly trying to follow Jesus to the depths of their soul. However, the version of Christianity dominating the U.S. religious landscape has failed to fulfill its basic self-proclaimed purpose. It has white-washed Jesus, dressing him in a $3,000 suit (made by workers earning pennies), with an American flag tie and boots made of alligator skin as he campaigns for capitalism and gun rights. That’s often what we see in the major leaders of White-Jesus American churches, at least.
The thing is, it only takes a few minutes to flip through the pages of the Gospels to see how the person of Jesus has been distorted. The true message of this brown-skinned, Palestinian Jew is, in reality, the exact opposite of what is largely portrayed by the masses who follow White-Jesus American Christianity. The Jesus of the Gospels was actually a total badass in a countercultural, all-inclusive, anti-materialistic, radically loving kind of way. He was born to a young, teenage mother, fled as a refugee from an oppressive king, and amazed the most educated teachers when he was just a kid. People called him the Son of God, and yet he hung out with those that most people wouldn’t even give a second look and was only really harsh on the self-righteous religious people.
When I finally discovered the Jesus of the Gospels, and read his words, often printed in red letters, I found a love that changes everything, a love that can transform our world. Not in that awkward, “religiousy” way, but in a life-changing, joy-bringing, compassionate, humbling, almost poetic way. Jesus represents love—not Christianity.
Can you imagine what the world would look like if the thousands of Christian churches in this nation actually lived like Jesus? Generous with their funds, maybe housing the poor instead of spending millions of dollars on brand new fancy buildings? According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, around 21 percent of children in the U.S. live below the federal poverty line. That’s close to 15 million children living below the poverty level—the second highest rate of child poverty of any developed nation. That is appalling in itself, but in a nation that claims to follow the ways of a man who lived his entire life serving the poor, it is straight up shameful. What the actual hell, American Christianity? While mega churches produce multi-millionaire pastors, millions of children in their backyard can’t afford to eat. Jesus never told anyone to take all their money and build bigger church buildings; he did, however, instruct people to give their money to the poor. How big of an impact would it make if we actually spent way less on buildings and gave way more to the poor?
The most important command Jesus specifically gave was to love your neighbor—this command was put on the same level as loving God—kind of a big deal. And what does loving your neighbor—the Great Commandment of Jesus—actually look like according to J-man himself? Jesus answered that exact question with the story of the Good Samaritan, so what if we looked at that story in the context of our world today? In modern-day terms, it would look something like finding a beat-up, half-dead ISIS leader on the side of the road, stopping, taking him in, bandaging his wounds, and spending your own money to have him cared for. Knowing he is your biggest enemy and showing him love anyway. That’s a self-sacrificial kind of love.
Click here for the full copy of Not Your White Jesus.
Oh my god fellow white people, as you sit around drinking your Starbucks and complain about how afraid you are of the around 3,500 people - 2,300 of them children - walking a thousand miles in desperate search for a safer life - I hope you know that your behavior is basically sociopathic.
I mean you think you need the military to meet these people at the border to “protect” you?
What the literal hell is wrong with you?
What are you scared of?
Little children who would become future doctors, teachers, and engineers, heavily contributing to both our economy and society as a whole?
That’s who you want our military to shoot if they try to step foot in your nation?
Seriously, think about it, you want to shoot people who are trying desperately to give their children a better life for the only “crime” of desperately searching to give their children a better life?
I mean, real talk – you are calling this an invasion. Do you even know what an invasion is?
Let me help you a bit here.
An invasion is what the U.S. did in Iraq when we showered their country with bombs for literally no real reason.
An invasion is when our “founding fathers” came over and built a nation on genocide equal to that of Hitler, towards Native Americans.
An invasion is when the police shoot an unarmed person of color without consequence.
An invasion is when white men committing mass shootings becomes a norm.
These are invasions.
2,300 children and their families so desperate for safety that they are walking a thousand miles, A THOUSAND MILES, for a better life is not an invasion, and calling it one is ridiculous.
The lack of ability to employ simple empathy is both astounding and incredibly disturbing.
While we are having this conversation, let’s point out that you want to spend tens of millions of tax dollars to stop people from seeking refuge, but god-forbid we allow all people in this nation to have access to basic human rights like healthcare, or clean drinking water. I mean, that would be a waste of tax-payers dollars, right?
And before you send me angry emails and all that crap, ask yourself this, if the lives are your own children were being threatened, would you not do everything possible to seek safety for them?
Just a simple, yes or no question. YES or NO.
If you would do anything to protect your own children, which I think most of you would, the hypocrisy is clear.
Sorry to be the one to tell you, but your children and mine do not deserve a better life than children born anywhere else in this world. These are just facts, and even your god agrees with me on this one.
If you wouldn’t, then yeah, you are either lying or definitely portraying some super concerning sociopathic qualities.
But my guess is that most of you aren’t sociopaths, you are probably just super racist, which is probably worse.
It’s not like I was innocent when I was 13 years old.
I was the kid you hope your child will never become.
I was living that sex, drugs, and 90’s rap kind of life.
I shouldn’t have been at that party.
And I knew I shouldn’t have been there.
So when a 33 year old man forced me to have sex with him the morning after the party – it was my fault.
I mean, yeah, I said no… multiple times. But when it came down to it I froze.
Societal norms taught us that freezing equates to consent, so for 15 years I told myself that it was my fault - I didn’t say no enough and I didn’t fight hard enough and in the end I froze.
So it was my fault. It was gross, and horrible, and filled my life with shame and anxiety that still hurts me today, and it was all my fault.
So I told no one.
Why would I? It was my fault.
When I was 28 years old, a man was telling his own story of sexual abuse to a group of people as I sat in the audience in my shame.
Until, that is, this man stated that though his entire life he had always thought that it was his fault, that it wasn’t really rape, until a friend asked him this one question:
“If the exact situation would have happened to someone else, another child, maybe your own child, or niece or nephew, or really anyone else, what would you say then?”
For a brief second I thought of my daughter being in the situation I had put myself in years ago, and my soul was overtaken with rage. Yeah, of fucking course that would be rape. No question. Zero doubt. Nothing she could have done or not done differently in the universe would make that situation not straight up rape.
And then it hit me like a brick straight to the face.
It was rape.
Zero percent of what happened to me was my fault and every second of shame and pain I had carried from the moment that asshole touched me, is entirely his fault. All of it is his fault and none of it was mine.
And this is something I want you to hear, really hear. All of you, especially my fellow humans who have experienced abuse. NONE OF IT IS YOUR FAULT. IT NEVER WAS YOUR FAULT AND IT WILL NEVER BE YOUR FAULT.
I love you. I believe you. You are brave. You are strong. I am standing beside you. You are my hero. And nothing that asshole did to you was your fault, not even a little bit, not even at all.
Conservative Christian America, just stop.
Do you have a spec of empathy within the place where your soul should be? Can you really watch ICE rip children from the arms of their parents and be even a little okay with it? Are you truly cool with deporting your literal neighbors, sending them to their certain death? Seriously, what is going on in your mind?
Maybe you are just ignorant. Maybe you don’t know how incredibly horrible the policies you support truly are. Maybe if you opened your eyes you would see that the manner in which our nation behaves is bat-shit-crazy in its level of dehumanization.
Maybe you just need to see with your own eyes how our border patrol torment children and families who cross the southern border (in a manner you don’t approve of) in search of a better life. Maybe you need to visit one of the private, for-profit, prisons that hold torn apart families in cold cells for the simple crime of pursuing a future for their children.
God I sincerely hope you are just ignorant because the alternative is scary. There are a lot of y’all – conservative Christian Americans - and the idea that millions of you don’t believe that people should be treated with the most basic level of humanity is rise-of-Nazi-Germany level of terrifying.
What are we all doing with our lives?
I don’t know if you know this, but Jesus was very much like the children you are tearing from the arms of their fathers. Yeah, your Jesus.
I know the common notion in the US is that Jesus is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, NRA card carrying, conservative Christian, Trump advisor – but that’s actually a thousand percent not reality.
Straight up. Jesus wasn’t even white. Yeah yeah, I’ve seen Passion of the Christ too, it’s not accurate.
Jesus was a brown refugee from the Middle East- shocking, I know.
When he was a little guy, Jesus and his Middle Eastern parents fled to a foreign country seeking refuge from a very real threat of violence, kind of like how many are trying to flee into the US seeking refuge from the very real threat of violence. It's almost like the goal of fleeing violence is similar here.
Could you imagine that scene playing out here in the US?
“Excuse me, how dare you try and enter this great Christian nation without proper papers that you couldn’t get even if you tried! I don’t care if your little child will die if you return. Too bad, we are taking you to a privately owned detention center where millionaires are profiting off American tax payer’s dollars to rip your family apart, all while cutting funding for things like children’s health care and food snaps domestically because that’s how we do America.”
Seriously, this is pretty much real life.
Are you really okay with this, have we lost our soul?
I hope not. I hope you are ignorant and I hope you wake up from your fabricated reality and realize that you are killing people with your policies of dehumanization.
People are dying here. Children are dying. Stop this progressing genocide. Don't be that guy that didn't realize that Hitler's policy was actaully psychotic until millions were already burning.
I have been a little M.I.A. here lately. I have not written more than a Facebook status in a Middle East minute. So, because it has been a while, I am going to do something really stupid. I am going to take Brene Browns advice and be vulnerableish.
I wish I could say that I have been doing something really cool with my time, like training to be a stewardess on one of Elon Musk’s private space ships.
No space travel in my future unfortunately.
What I have been doing is crying a lot. Which is annoying and weirds me out because just a few years ago I rarely rarely cried and the truth is that I am super embarrassed because I like to pretend that I am indestructible, but since Brene is involved I’ll keep it real, raw, and kind of awkward.
So I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced this - and if you have some pointer to make it stop, please feel very free to share – but lately I often cry for no reason. Any little emotion can set it off which is really not fun for me because I am the horrible enneagram four and my emotions change rapidly.
With all the crying, I am struggling to do “normal” life. Not like things I have to do for work or my kids, they get done no problem. But, I am struggling to do the weirdest things. Like fold laundry - I would rather spend twenty-four hours with Tomi Lahren than – fold laundry. It takes for fucking ever and when I’m done there are little clothes stacks all over the place with feels very unsatisfying and then I have to to put them all over our house in their belonged homes, but by that part I have already used all my energy matching sox (just kidding, I just throw them all in a drawer)!
Okay, no one really likes folding laundry. But the lack of desire to do normal adult things gets worse.
Showering. For some reason I cannot fully explain, showering everyday seems like so much effort. I know, I’m a gross human being. But every time I am like, Hey I should take a shower, something inside of me says, No as soon as step out of the warm drops of ecstasy, you will suffer the consequences of being trapped in a Russian vodka room thing and you HATE being super cold. Seriously though, taking a shower lately feels like it would take the amount of effort as it would take to talk Justin Bieber out of his dance moves at Coachella. Yeah, it’s that serious.
Basically, I am rolling with the, how long I can get away with a messy bun and sweats look (surpringly, working from home, it’s actually quite a few days).
So clearly, “self-care” is not really in the mix right now.
And yes I know, these could all be signs of clinical depression.
Except that I don’t feel like super sad (even though the crying) and I don’t feel hopeless which has been a constant in my days of on and off depression.
And yes I also am aware that, “People have random-ass different symptoms sometimes.”
Fair enough. Except I went to my lovely doctor who was like, “Okay, here are some more pills, a higher dose your ssri, and keep taking the pills that combat the side-effects of these pills (you know, lowered sex drive (which my awesome husband can work around if you know what I mean) and something else I can’t remember right now). Oh and take more Ativan, that should fix you for at least a little while.”
In the spirit of being uncomfortably transparent - I have been taking these sorts of brain-chemical-adjusters for a little while now because I have generalized anxiety, which means I almost always feel anxious AF for literally no known reason. It super sucks and sometimes pills can be helpful. I mean, Jesus probably isn’t going to miraculously take my anxiety away, I have asked him, many time and there has been no signs of a burst of light that takes could the anxious away.
Regardless, the least Jesus could do is give holy spirit a little push to persuade the powers at be (I have no clue if I am just being a thousand percent heretical here) to legalize medicinal marijuana in my state. I would be okay with that, I mean I am positive that the long-term consequences of pharma-drugs are probably scary and bad – so they can make you buy more pills to deal with that. Yeah, honestly I’d rather be able to cope naturally. So that’d be cool J, but for now – big evil pharma wins again.
So other than the crying, lack of self-care, and meds, another dominant trait of the past month has been being overwhelmed with how shitty our world is. IT. JUST. KEEPS. COMING. Here is some more real talk that I am not proud of, but the vastness of hurt and oppression in our world is making me want to shut down, like internally freeze. And that is not okay, not who I am and not who I ever want to be. But lately, it’s been a struggle.
And yes, as you can tell I am sitting here whining a bunch in a world that I am so fucking privileged in, that it’s not even funny. I am a white American chick whining about issues that are nothing on the grand scale of things. Here is an example that I am ashamed of, I am literally deeply sad that right now in my life, I don’t have anyone to talk about The Walking Dead with. That’s a true story, I complained to my husband about it just yesterday. It is very WTF.
So there you have it, I finally got some words on paper, granted more of a meaningless rant and to be honest I even want to tell that girl typing these words to shut the fuck up and get her shit together.
But whatever, this is real life and real life is not organized, and internally it’s never smooth and constant, it’s messy AF. Just like the world is a mess - we are often a mess on some varying level. Sometimes we are just going to feel like shit for a month and cry for no actual reason. Though we would like the world to think we are always totally cool, it’s actually okay to admit we may be a mess. Y’all even at our messiest, we are still stronger than hell and bad asses (who may cry some or all of the time). This is real life y’all. This is real life.
Last night I caught up on an episode of This is Us from a few weeks ago and I straight up ugly cried for an hour.
Before you continue to read this, there will be This is Us spoilers from weeks ago for those of you who are like me and watch shows a way late on Hulu. Just want to give my kind of people a heads up.
This is Us can be emotional AF, but last night it triggered more than your regular hypothetically fabricated emotion.
You see, since Valentine’s Day my emotions had been stuck in an anger that almost felt hopeless. More kids were slain inside their classrooms, more teachers lost their lives trying to shield children from bullets, and another white guy became a mass murderer. We are the only developed nation where this shit happens on the regular and we are the only developed nation that has refused to do anything about it.
On Thursday, my husband went into a local gun store near our children’s school and tried to buy an AR-15 and found out that in our state you don’t need a license to buy this weapon designed for mass killing like you do for a handgun. You can walk into a gun shop and as long as you pass an immediate background check, you can walk out with an AR-15. You can even finance it if you are short on cash.
It’s fucking ridiculous the lack of restrictions on these weapons, and by the way, if you want White Christian America to get really mad and want to kill you, just make a video criticizing lax gun laws. Laws that every other developed nation has gotten strict on and the results have been no mass shootings.
See, I am still pissed. I guess I will never not be raging angry that we are willing to sacrifice our children’s lives for our ability to easily purchase mass killing machines. Honestly, we should be angry. We have every right to be outraged beyond belief.
I don’t know if you are like this too, but anger in regards to social issues fuels a few things within. It fuels me to speak bolder. It fuels me to work harder. And it overwhelms my emotions putting me into a fast paced “problem solving” mode that also allows me to bypass the feeling of hurt that comes with being wired for empathy.
Sometimes we need something to slow us the hell down and force us to feel, even when we don’t really want to.
Last night as I watched the reactions of the characters on This is Us as they lost the most important person in their universe, it broke me. The anger I had been absorbed with was overcome with the overwhelming realization that the hurt these made-up characters on a TV show were feeling, is the reality of what we are putting our kids through.
God it feels pathetic to admit that this is what triggered a deeper reality of emotion than the anger I felt within. But since Brene Brown keeps on saying that vulnerability is vital and I am fairly confident she is right, I’m going to keep it super real with y’all. Sometimes I try to shut out deeper empathy because it hurts.
However, the problem is, without that deeper empathy, when we are solely full of an angry thirst for justice, we are slowly draining our own souls. We will eventually fade into bitter cynicism.
Someone who I deeply admire once sent my husband and I an email with some thought provoking questions one of which was, “When was the last time you cried for the hurting?”
At first I thought, my life revolves around seeking justice for the hurting, so of course I feel sadness.
I mean I have this deep seeded belief that it’s trying to love others first - the real life red letter way of Jesus that tends to contradict the White American Christianity we see in our world today - that gives us real purpose in this flash of an existence on this planet.
But when was the last time I cried for the hurting? When was the last time I was filled with more than anger because of the hurt I saw? When was the last time I allowed myself to slow down and hurt with the hurting? Was it the last time I was on the Syrian border? I didn’t know for sure, I couldn’t think of the last time I literally cried for the hurting. And for my own heart, I realized that is a problem.
Allowing ourselves to hurt when others hurt, to cry when the world allows and enables needless suffering, to listen to “the other” and allow our heart to fucking shatter, is what love truly is. The red letter love I talk about is the ultimate bad-ass-love-seeker Jesus crying for the hurting and then doing something about it. Allowing himself to constantly hurt with the hurting. Red letter love means allowing ourselves to hurt over and over again, it is what gives us the strength to keep going when the world feels hopeless. Anger isn’t going to fuel our fight forever, we need more.
Don’t get me wrong. There is still a decent level of anger and there should be but I need more than just an anger for injustice. I need to slow down and feel the pain through empathy to the best of my ability. I need to cry like a small child in my living room on the couch as I watch a flipping TV show remind me of how real this hurt I am fighting against truly is. How true the pain is.
As much as I like to pretend that I’m so super tough and blah blah blah, the reality is that’s a bunch of crap. I need to cry for the hurting. I need to allow myself to feel. I need to embrace the pain of this world because it makes me a better person. Anger alone won’t change the world and even though it may feel easier at the time, allowing anger to mask empathy will burn us out. But a love based on empathy and an anger based on this love is what can change this world forever.
So embrace the pain, cry for the hurting, be a hot mess and love with a strength that can only be found through beautiful painful empathy.
It doesn’t have to be like this. We don’t have to get phone calls at 1 o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon from our children as they bleed out in their Algebra I classroom. We can stop this. You can stop this. I don’t know if you really want to, but you could.
The thing you are not going to like is that to stop this slaughter, you are actually going to have to personally do something about it. Something more than send your thoughts and prayers. It’s going to take you actually doing something that you have made crystal clear that you don’t want to do.
Either you are going to have to make a sacrifice, or more children are going to have to be slain to protect something that is clearly very important to you. Something that you feel is your constitutional right. Something that you have at this point, decided is worth the lives of our children.
You know, your right to bear arms or more so, your right to own guns that were specifically designed to kill as many people as fast and efficiently as possible. Your right to own assault weapons.
Yeah I know, “It’s not a gun problem, it’s a mental health issue.” To be honest, on a certain level you are right.
We are the only developed nation in which mass shootings are the norm. We are also the only developed nation who, against all the stats, have decided that the one thing that has worked to limit gun violence in every single other developed nation, is not even worth trying here.
When we can look at the data of other nations who have gotten strict on gun laws and eliminated mass shootings in their country and say, “Nah, that won’t work,” there is some level of delusion going on.
To live in a nation that denies solid facts in order to hold onto this supposed “right” to own weapons of mass murder that would really only be relevant in a “Walking Dead” type of post-apocalyptic zombie scenario, shows signs of some serious mental illness on a pretty broad level.
The refusal to give up our “right” to mass killing machines as children are slaughtered in our schools, is borderline sociopathic. You know what, no - it is sociopathic.
There is no such thing as a “good” assault weapon owner. At this point there are those who easily legally buy assault weapons to murder children and other groups of people, and there are those who easily legally buy assault weapons with some weird narcissistic fantasy of being the “hero” in a mass shooting situation. Either way, the delusional desire to own a mass killing machine is enabling the murder or our children.
Like every other developed nation in this world has shown us, we can stop this. It’s just a matter of what we value more. Our delusional narcissism or the lives of our children. That's what it comes down to. That's where we are at.
If you are anything like me, you believe in love over logic.
If you are anything like me, your heart bleeds with the hurting and it sucks, but you are forever grateful you didn't take the blue pill.
If you are anything like me, you are fiery AF when it comes to speaking out against oppression and it often makes people uncomfortable.
If you are anything like me, you don’t care what people think of you.
But if you are anything like me, the anxiety that fills your chest with cold unoxygenated air cares way too much about what people think of you.
If you are anything like me, optimism about love winning sometimes turns into a doubt that you are ashamed of.
If you are anything like me, you want to love everyone all of the time, but you can’t help but borderline hate the religious elite who use a White-Jesus to oppress and hurt others.
If you are anything like me, you can be bold AF while inwardly having a massive anxiety attack.
If you are anything like me, you believe deeply that everyone has the capability to change the world yet you doubt if what you are doing will mean anything in the end.
If you are anything like me, you are still trying to figure this shit out.
If you are anything like me, you will never have this shit figured out.
If you are anything like me, you would rather give everything up to try to love others first even when the world tells you that you are being dumb.
If you are anything like me, you wonder fairly often if you are indeed being dumb.
If you are anything like me, you know you can never go back to the bliss of ignorance.
If you are anything like me, you are a fucking mess.
But if you are anything like me, you know deep down, it doesn’t matter.
None of it matters because you are who is going to change the world.
This is what you were made for.
You are the resistance that refuses to fall into the neat tidy box of a nice little almond-latte-drinking, apathetic human.
You are a warrior.
You are a truth seeker.
Your messy soul is filled with a unique strength in a world of egocentric weakness.
Your doubt is okay.
But the voice that tells you that you are not enough is not, it’s a lie.
You are right where you are supposed to be.
You are fucking bad ass, and it is because of everything that you are and everything that you are not, that love is going to win in this mess of a world.
Yeah, I know. When you see me super outspoken and pissed that we are not allowing refugees in this country, or that we are ripping immigrant families apart, or that we are cutting funding for children’s health care, or that we are the number one arms dealer in the world, or that we have real life Nazis on the streets these days, or that mass gun shootings of children at school is the norm – you think I must lack peace in my life.
I shouldn’t be so fiery; no one will listen to me.
If I really tried to follow the ways of Jesus, I wouldn’t be so angry and outspoken all of the time. Real followers of Jesus don’t make blanket statements regarding the gross oppression caused by the religious elite. Real followers of Jesus quietly disagree with racism. Real followers of Jesus never offend the oppressor, because, open dialogue trumps direct action when it comes to bigotry. Real followers of Jesus avoid making the world uncomfortable.
I kind of understand the false logic behind these assumption, but real talk, statements like the above are nothing but a smoke screen to hide our cowardice.
I am sorry - okay I am not really that sorry - but you are straight up wrong on this one.
Y’all, there is a difference between ignoring the hurt in our world, and having inner peace.
Ignorance is not peace.
Peace is not playing nice with everyone. Peace is not taking the middle ground. Peace is not standing in silence. Peace is action that puts loving others first regardless of who we make uncomfortable.
The crazy thing is, do you know who I learned this from?
The same guy you think I must not be trying to follow because of my outrage of social injustices at the hands of much of American Christianity.
I’m sorry but I missed the part in your holy book where Jesus was super passive when it came to the oppression caused by the religious elite of his day.
I mean, I could be reading the red letters wrong, but damn I think Jesus called the oppressors out in a rather broad and public manner. To be honest, from the sound of it, he was pretty pissed with their actions and ideology.
I mean here is just a taste of J publically going off on the religious elite, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel…
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
Seriously, does it sound like Jesus was playing the middle ground here? I mean feel free to check out Mathew 23 in the good book if you want to get the full picture of Jesus throwing some serious shade.
The thing is, peace requires action, it requires us to follow the real life red letters and stand up against the hurt while sacrificially loving whoever the other is. As Martin Luther King Jr said, peace means we must stand in the tension, exposing the oppression so the façade of ignorance crumbles beneath and we are forced to either stand with the vulnerable and fight for love or stay silent as we are part of the oppression.
Let me get this straight Conservative Christian America, you want to build a wall down south that costs billions of dollars while having parents in the US who have never committed a crime, arrested while dropping their children off at school, detained and imprisoned, and then kicked out of the country, simply for trying to give their family a better life?
Because - you know - national security.
Really, national security is such a threat these days that we need to ban all refugees from certain countries because they are not white like most of us, I mean they might be “terrorists.”
We can’t have that; we can’t have all these non-white people working their ass off, paying taxes, and contributing to our society. That would be dangerous.
For one, I want to quickly point out that the guy that you call savior himself, doesn’t care about building this sort of exclusionist security.
Actually, quite the opposite, Jesus cares about how you love the hurting. Common guys, I really think that we can both see that your desire to kick the vulnerable out of this nation says you may be doing a really really bad job living out Jesus’ great command for you to love others.
But seriously, let’s be real here, you are not truly concerned about national security, your concern stems from that straight up racism.
You see the people groups whom you claim are a threat, have some common traits.
They are people of color.
Due to no fault of their own, their country is not safe or not environments in which they can give their children the best possible life (I am sure you would also do everything in your power to give your kids a decent life, so you should be able to understand this one).
And in reality, they pose no real threat to your security.
In fact, you as an American have about a 1 in 3.64 billion chance a year of being killed by a foreign born refugee. Oh, and the chance of being murdered by an undocumented immigrant - you know the people you are so scared of that you are willing to rip apart families that have lived here for years - 1 in 10.9 billion per year.
You have a better chance of dying from a vending machine. Maybe we need to build walls around vending machines. I mean that would be more beneficial to national security than spending billions on a giant border wall - if we really want to look out for our people that is.
Okay, so now let’s get a bit deeper into the conversation of national security that you pretend to care so much about.
We do indeed have a major threat to our security that needs to be addressed. One in which we regularly see children slain in their classrooms because of.
You know, gun violence. The mass shooting attacks of domestic white guy terrorists.
I mean, we are at a point where the media barely covers a guy in body armor shooting four people at a car wash because these sorts of mass killings are the norm, just another day in America.
Where is your outrage here? What protective measures are you taking stop a real life threat to national security?
You take no action. In fact, you vibrantly fight against anyone who advocates for policy that would limit domestic mass shootings. You act as if Jesus himself is a card-carrying member of the NRA even though the reality of Jesus is that he was non-violent. So he would be like the opposite of all your stand your ground crap.
Then you lie more. You say that stricter gun control wouldn’t be a solution.
Except that we are the only developed nation in the world with mass shootings on the regular. Every other developed country doesn’t deal with this insanity because it doesn’t exist in their nation and guess what? These nations have super strict gun control laws.
So Conservative American Christianity, stop lying, it’s clear that you don’t care in the least about the reality of national security threats.
I think it is time you just be honest with everyone. Honesty is a good thing and we all already know anyways. Your real issue is with non-white people for the sole reason of a vast racism that is deeply imbedded into your veins.
Also, stop pretending your actions are not a direct contradiction to the ways of your messiah, you know, the radically, loving, inclusive, refugee messiah who was born in the Middle East - not America.
Martin Luther King Day recently passed and I have been thinking a lot about all the progress that has been made in our society since the civil rights movement and as you can probably imagine, these thoughts are super depressing.
It’s 2018 and the dirty underbelly of our nation has been exposed illuminating the fact that bigotry and racism are still vibrant in our red-white-and-blue blood. The truth is, the oppressive nature of this great nation never actually left, it’s been embedded since the day we began a mass-genocide to create this nation-state, it simply found ways to try and better hide itself. You know, because we are now a modern civilized society.
Except to call this society civilized at the moment would be a pretty big stretch.
I mean the guy that we have allowed to “lead” our nation is a sociopathic “pussy” grabbing bigot and if a large part of this nation had its ways, we’d proclaim it to be law that this sexual predator was handpicked by White-Jesus himself to make America great again.
Let’s be real y’all, when was America great?
When we distributing smallpox blankets to natives as we stole their world. When we were importing human beings as slaves like cargo? When half of our country tried to separate because they refused to employ the basic notions of humanity? When we dropped two nuclear bombs on civilians claiming it was to save the lives of American soldiers when really it was just to show off our capability of mass destruction while committing genocide? When we escalated a threat to the public to justify a constant war-time military budget as we became the number one arms dealer in the world?
Or was it through the multiple times we overthrew democratically elected officials all over Latin America and the Middle East while bringing to power brutal oppressive dictators in those regions so that we could make bank? What about when we wouldn’t allow people of color in specific establishments and schools because their skin had color? Or when we destroyed the entire infrastructure of other nations, murdering and displaying millions for our own economic agenda? What about the times we have continuously allowed police to murder people of color without repercussion?
Were we great as we consistently used women as objects for the pleasure of men to the point that almost every single woman in this nation can say #metoo? What about when we give billions of dollars in tax cuts to the top one percent, but cut funding for the healthcare of small children?
Were we great through any of these circumstances?
A nation that treats the most vulnerable of the world as if they were less than human cannot call itself great.
The reality that we sit in today comes from decades of exploiting and hurting others for our own supposed comforts while costing us our very soul.
The silver lining as we reflect on the message of Martin Luther King Jr today in 2018, is that we can no longer pretend that it’s not that bad in our modern day. Y’all there really is no way to deny the truth any longer - it’s bad AF in our nation.
But maybe today will be the day that we don’t simply look at the life of MLK Jr in awe, but we learn to implement his ways.
Today is the day that we stop simply complaining and we also employ the way of non-violent direct action in our real life every day. Maybe we stop trying to hide the oppression in our blood, but work to expose and rid hate as a whole from our nation. If we want to make America great at all ever, this is where we start.
Direct action is the fabric of a lasting revolution of love. It’s the way of not only Martin Luther King Jr, but it’s the way of Jesus himself.
Non-violent direct action means making others wildly uncomfortable. Yeah, get ready to be comfortable in uncomfortableness. It means calling out the bigots, the Pharisees, and the oppressors without apology.
It means taking a knee during the national anthem, it means protesting deportation at airports, it means combating ICE at every turn, it means civil disobedience and the willingness to accept that the consequences of using non-violence to disobey an unjust law is what needs to be done and it is more than worth it.
It’s a life where love comes first. And for all the Christian-type folk out there, it’s as simple as following the red letter ways of the guy you call savior. Seriously, let go of the ways of your American White-Jesus, he’s an asshole anyways.
Non-violent direct action means revolution. It means together we are the revolution our world needs today.
With all the destruction we are seeing during this time of regression, we are also seeing the spark of a resistance that is long overdue. It’s time to turn that spark into a raging fire. Now is the time to live out the ways of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We need freedom marches and sit-ins. We need to be the barricade that protects our brothers and sisters who are immigrants, we need to take a knee at our kid’s little league game, we need to make the world uncomfortable, this is what we need to do to let love win.
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr himself taken from A Letter from a Birmingham Jail:
“You may ask, “Why direct action? Why sit ins, marches, and so forth? Isn’t negotiation a better path?” Indeed this is the very purpose of direct action.
Nonviolent direct action seeks to… foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue.”
It’s time that we force our nation to confront the issue.
You only get two options in this life, either you stand in the middle of the tension, make the world uncomfortable, and boldly fight against the oppressor or you are the face of oppression – point blank.
Brothers and Sisters of America, there is a problem that only we can solve - no matter what your past has been, you can change the course of the future.
American Christianity, I would like to speak to you in particular, I need you to understand that it is never too late to do the right thing and stop supporting horrible people.
You guys, let’s be reasonable here pedophiles cannot be the better choice. Did you actually believe the words coming out of your mouth when you claimed Roy Moore was chosen by god to lead?
And yes, I do understand that there is one issue in particular that keeps you clinging to the dark side, making excuses for the inhumanity of our nation’s tweeter, I mean leader, and it revolves around the meaning of life.
The thing is, even if the passion of your soul lies on this issue, the issue of abortion - you guys - you’re still choosing the wrong people. You are standing behind the people who are passing measures that will make the rate of abortion climb. Your guys are taking away the means in which women in a tough position can actually have the option of parenting; they are even taking away the access to contraceptives needed to prevent pregnancy in the first place.
Y’all are literally supporting policy that is doing the exact opposite of what you claim you want.
I mean really, you cannot possibly think that it’s a good idea to give the richest of the rich trillions of dollars in tax breaks while cutting funding for children’s health care?
I know you are smart and capable humans and we all know trickledown economics is blatant bull shit.
I know you are scared of the alternative if you leave the dark side but we need to talk about the thing you fear the most – this “liberal agenda.”
Having a pretty major understanding of liberals, I wonder, what are you afraid of?
Is it opening our door to those who have lost everything and are in search of refuge? Is it shifting your tax dollars away from the elite’s golf vacations and towards free healthcare for all? Is it stricter gun laws? Is it the color of Starbucks cups? Is it equality?
I mean judging by your words and actions these are just a few of the horrible things that could happen if you don’t fight the liberals who are trying to ruin America with equality and such.
Y’all, I mean this with the utmost respect but your claim that Jesus is basically a republican makes me wonder if you guys have even looked at the life of the guy you call savior.
But maybe I am looking at the whole Jesus thing wrong. Maybe liberals are truly campaigning against Jesus. Look, I’m wrong about things all the time, maybe I need to try and look at things your way.
I mean I guess the liberals do want to steal tax cuts away from corporate billionaires. Really that’s like stealing money right out of the hands of the one percent. Money they earned with their slave labor ways.
And with the money they steal, the liberals want to do things like double minimum wage so that the employees of the corporate billionaires can actually afford to feed their family. Shady right?
I mean, they are trying to help the poor which I guess your American Jesus is pissed about.
That’s not all; they also want people from every walk of life to have access to healthcare so that we can take care of the sick. Would your Jesus would hate to see your tax dollars go towards the sick? I mean I suppose he knows they are not your responsibility, right?
Liberals are also fighting for inclusion and equality for all, I mean they want to welcome the vulnerable who have lost everything and allow equal rights to all regardless of gender, sexuality, race, religion. I mean, what would become of our country?
You guys, they are fighting to let love win in big ways. That’s the bottom line here and you know what, I am feeling some empathy for your position here, it’s understandable why this would scare you as an American Christian.
I mean it would force you to let go of the fabricated White-Jesus that you have created and maybe even look at the red letters of real Jesus. You know the Palestinian refugee guy who instructed us to care for the sick, the poor, and the vulnerable. The guy who was inclusive to all and only harsh toward the egocentric religious elite who warped the name of god for their own false sense of power and superiority.
Man that’s got to be a hard transition to take those red letters in your holy book literally, it’s a huge shift.
But you guys, I really think that if you look closely, you will see that the alternative to the horrible people you are supporting may in fact be less horrible than supporting sexual predators and such.
And don’t get me wrong, I am not saying you should become a liberal tree-huger, I am simply saying that maybe you should just loosen you allegiance to people that deep down, you know are horrible.
Though you may feel intimidated, I don’t want you to be too worried.
Even if you campaigned for the pedophile and own every piece a MAGA merchandise out there, it’s not too late to leave to choose to quit enabling really bad people to do really bad things. There is even basically a guide to help you figure it all out. All you have to do is simply glance at those little red letters and follow the ways of the guy you already claimed was your savior.
It’s not too late to join the resistance or just leave the dark side. It’s never too late to let love win.