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Preying On Teeenage Girls: Reddit's ViolentAcrez, DFW Texas Resident Michael Brutsch

“The Reddit case is another one of how Internet anonymity and free speech are often used to legitimise violence and the objectification of the women”

Two years ago, Amazon.com was threatened with a boycott since it was allowing the sale of a self-published KINDLE book promoting pedophilia: see Has Amazon.com Lost Its Mind:the Pedophiles Guide and A Hellfire sermon inspired by Amazon.com

And today, I turn your attention to the social news site, Reddit.com. Reddit allowed a troll with a history of racist and misogynist flames online to be a moderator. But what is worse is that he (yes, it’s been confirmed that this ViolentAcrez is a he) has posted pictures of teenage daughters and sisters. Reddit claims it is free speech, and free expression, but when your free speech and expression harms someone else, it is no longer free speech. As the Supreme Court has ruled, yelling fire in a theater is not free speech, and since pedophilia and ephebophilia are illegal in the United States, Reddit needs to start censoring itself or face possible legal action from angry mothers and fathers. For those familiar with pop culture, this situation has been compared to the sixth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where the Trio, three misogynist geeks go from a comical bunch of goof-offs to raping and then murdering one of their co-horts victims: see Gawker’s Violentacrez Expose And How ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ Predicted Geek Misogyny at Think Progress.

Joel is right, we can’t boycott Reddit, but we can put pressure on them to make necessary changes. I know this post will probably be banned by Reddit but when it comes to the lives of children, and speaking up for the oppressed, I don’t think Christians have a choice in the matter. Like any typical corporation that’s come under fire, Reddit is trying to get some good Public Relations on its side, but it’s a little to late. As for Michael Brutsch, I can only pray for your soul, and hope you repent.

For the rest of the Gawker outing of ViolentAcrez, here is the link: UnMasking Reddit’s ViolentAcrez, the Biggest Troll on the Web

Also, please watch this video from Anderson Cooper:

50 Shades of Confederate Grey: Rape Culture And Slavery

And Why This Angry Negro Blogger Stays Away From Comedy Clubs

 

I have decided to do a follow-up post to this morning’s (real early this morning) post in response to The GOSSIP Gospel Coalition. It is bad enough that The Gospel Coalition’s Jared C. Wilson, and subsequently White Supremacist philosophy Doug Wilson, are getting all of this attention. I agree with Brian LePort, The TGC has our attention again, and not in the best of ways [see his post linked]. I think the TGC is like that one kid in kindergarten that just does anything for attention, even if it’s bad. Any kind of publicity and attention is a good thing. They are just witnessing to “God-centered” ministry and theology. Even after a number of comments protesting the TGC’s endorsement of Wilson’s perverted teachings on sexuality and marriage, [editor’s note: as suspected but not hoped, the Gospel Coalition took down the offending post, in it’s stead, today, 7/21/12, I offer the JPEG version here(if you want the PDF version, you can email me: TGC responds with a “you all can’t read and freedom of speech means no criticism” post. Jared Wilson, the author of the post, in comments on Rachel Held Evans’ blog and on TGC denies any relationship between Wilson’s commentary on sex and his views on race and the enslavement of African Americans from US History’s past.

As a follow-up, I would like to add some more commentary. I see that this is now necessary to show “the World” and “non-Christians” that there is a different kind of Christianity, that gives testimony to non-violence and the mutuality between genders. I think in particular I would like to look at the relationship between rape culture and U.S. American slavery within the history of racism.

A Southern Baptist blogger, Wade Burleson [his post linked here] did not only agree with me about Wilson’s racism but also Jared Wilson’s and the TGC’s soft stance on 50 Shades of Grey:

And I quote, from Burleson:

“The pornographic book 50 Shades of Grey is revolting to me. The only thing worse is Doug Wilson’s views on sex and marriage in his book Fidelity, views endorsed and praised by The Gospel Coalition.”

Now, I do realize that TGC is arguing that there is a “nuanced” difference here, between the promotion of adult erotic literature and what happens in the Christian bed room. No one is saying anything differently. What I am going to argue, and what critics are arguing, is that men’s fantasy of rape and the TGC’s blaming on society of loose morals, is BLAMING THE VICTIM, usually women, as if men have no role in raping women. It is women’s fault if they get sexually assaulted, and that’s the message Dough Wilson and TGC are sending. What is the difference between Daniel Tosh and the Christians so-called at TGC? TGC silences rape victims in the name of god, while Tosh does it in the name of comedy and the free market.

Now, in the same “nuanced” fashion that Doug Wilson treats women who have been victims of rape, Wilson uses the same brand of pseudo-scientific arguments to promote slavery as a righteous Christian endeavor. Using Confederate double-speak, Wilson will say both that racism is wrong and that the Confederacy was right with one breath according to his essay, Southern Slavery, As It Was. In Wilson’s own words, “Slavery as it existed in the South … was a relationship based upon mutual affection and confidence. … There has never been a multiracial society which has existed with such mutual intimacy and harmony in the history of the world.” See there, he can say that the slaves enjoyed “Southern Hospitality” and lift up the virtues of enslavement without a smile on his face. Isn’t that nice? For more, read these links on the story of Doug Wilson from University of Idaho and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s profile of Doug Wilson, linked here: Doug Wilson: SPLC profile.

What Wilson does not tell us is that rape is a weapon of war, and that the South had class warfare within itself. Enslaved black women were raped; American slavery was rape culture. If you are to be honest and to want to deal reasonably with the problem of race, we cannot separate it from the history of racism against persons of African descent. Joel is right, we gotta call it what it is: by any other name, it is rape. I do not wish for the Gospel Coalition to listen to Scot McKnight and take down this post; instead, they need to keep it up, and keep defending their position. This is the only way people will start seeing TGC for who they really are. The TGC has their own history of “providentially disappearing posts” in order to hide their true selves. It’s time they start coming out. This is the face of “God-centered” churchianity: anti-women, misogynist, and giving platforms to pro-Confederacy racists.

Now, there’s been a lot of talk ever since I started blogging about my aggressive “ad hom” style “shouting in the wind” but let me ask you honestly: are all of my posts that way? Or do some posts draw people’s emotions out that they can’t seem to confront their blind-spots or their inability to think critically?

To the victims of rape, male and female, I offer you this word: rape is not god’s will. sexual assault and violence is not god’s intention for your life. sexual abuse is not a part of “god’s plan.” In fact, these are violations of God’s will. God does not enjoy sin. God does not endorse domestic violence. God is hope. God is life. God is love. If you or someone you know are in these situations, please seek help, it doesn’t have to be a religious institution; but a third party is mostly always a good choice.

Other posts of interest:

Grace Is Human: Doug Wilson, The Gospel Coalition and Rape

Beyond Culture Wars: When I Have a Daughter: A Response to the Gospel Coalition

JK Gayle of Bible Literature and Translation: Review of the Novel 50 Shades of Grey Impact

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Rush Limbaugh is a slut according to Jesus's Words

How This Angry Black Male Protestant (&Pro-Life) Thinks About Contraception, etc.

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47NYou not only followed their ways, and acted according to their abominations; within a very little time you were more corrupt than they in all your ways. 48As I live, says the Lord God, your sister Sodom and her daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done. 49This was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. –

Ezekiel 16:47-49 NRSV

10Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

13People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. Mark 10:10-13 NRSV

First, A Story (again, right?)

So here I am again, writing about my experience and how it will soon relate afterward to the ideas I explore after it. It was 3:55pm on Thursday afternoon when I was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, having just had a great day at work, being educated with Special Ed/Special Needs high schoolers. As I was commuting on the bus on my way home, I noticed a very attractive black woman sitting across from me. #ThemTexasGirls

😉

Anyhow, I worked to avert my eyes, trying to show self-control, and contemplated on what I was going to read or what t.v. I was going to watch. Suddenly, my good day was interrupted by a black man (like me!) who had a Black Power fist comb in his hair, a copy of Frederick Douglass’s “My bondage and My Freedom” in one hand, and his 4 year old son in the other. The first thing he did after he paid for his pass was make a bee-line to the seat right in front of me, and then immediately went over, and played his sorry misogynist game with the aforementioned lady. All the while, I live tweeted part of the conversation because I found it disgusting, and had no words at that moment. At one point, he said about himself to our lady friend, “I’m a barbarian, and I will drag you off the bus.”

Frustrated by his failure to seduce this woman, our antagonist walks back to his seat, and starts harassing, no, verbally abusing a young white man two rows in front of him. He threw profanities at him, threatened to beat him up after this friend, we will call him C, tried to take up for himself. Our Black Panther went on to argue that nowadays, black people can do “whatever the hell we want” as opposed to the days of enslavement. Eventually, the bus driver after one warning, asked the man and his son to exit the bus, which they did with an indignant and shameful response. Someone I Can’t See kept telling to talk to C (the white man) before I ran out of time and had to get off the bus or before he did. So, in a moment of courage (overcoming anxiety), I walked up to C’s seat, right next to him, introduced himself, and informed him (something to the effect-I’m paraphrasing): “I don’t know if you believe in God or not, but I do. You are beautifully and wonderfully made in the image of God. What you experienced was racism, but God loves you.

END OF STORY

I have resisted wanting to talk about contraception for the past few weeks even though it has been on the minds of everyone and their grandmother lately.  Why is this such an issue? Why now? Joel Watts has rightfully criticized Rush Limbaugh for being a hypocrite and a coward, bullying a college-coed. Today, first I want to talk about Jesus before I get into MHO about S-E-X.

So, it’s obvious to a reader of the Gospels in the New Testament that Jesus is Jewish, and is a faithful Jew at that, faithful to the tradition of Jewish prophets. One of the prophets we don’t hear about in Sunday School is Ezekiel, one of my favorites. His oracles are just a delight to read and re-read, his sign-acts are things that would be censored by CBS during the Super Bowl. They are so disgusting that they would be disallowed on the reality t.v. show Fear Factor (hey, try some REAL Ezekiel bread!). Anyhow, Ezekiel is an angry prophet who is exiled outside the big city of Babylon, the empire in his day with Nebuchadnezzar as ruler. Before he uses some trickery to criticize Babylon, Ezekiel goes after his fellow citizens (what a patriot!) and explains to them why they are in exile. They have been faithless to YHWH, basically, religious and economic sluts when it comes to worship. Ezekiel’s powerful imagery of Israel and Judah’s sluttiness (Chapters 16 and 23). Indeed, this imagery is ingrained in the patriarchal imagery of Ezekiel’s day, but all of the leaders are male, the priests, the kings, the rich house-hold heads. In a similar turn, in the song of Moses, Israel’s unfaithfulness is pictured as a very obese manly man given to idolatry (Deuteronomy 32:15-18). So, unfaithfulness then is connected with the image of not being able to have self-control.

Ezekiel talks about those Male sluts from Genesis 19, the Sodomites, and he says, “You know what their sin is?” It was greed, inhospitality, it was being apathetic to the poor. When you argue for “total freedom” in sexual relations, you are also going to have to argue for “total freedom” in economics, which is ignoring the plight of the poor and widows and orphaned and the disabled and the unborn. Indeed if we fast forward to Yeshua the Messiah years after the exile, Jesus is teaching Jewish Prophetic family values to his disciples and audience. His teachings on Marriage (which we call his teachings on divorce) are not about our views of divorce, they are about fidelity in marriage. Taking Genesis 1 as part of a marriage rite, Jesus understands that Adam and Eve, as the first married couple in YHWH represents God’s will for marriage, and in the Mark version of this passage, agency is not just with men, but also with women, and therefore responsibility lies with both to act responsibly and faithfully to each other.

A Word on Contraception

Now, I have made it known that because of my commitment to nonviolence, I am pro-life, that the government should protect human life from “womb-to-tomb.” As a Protestant, I do not affirm the Catholic teaching on contraception and Natural Family Planning. For those interested in Catholic views that are challenging NFP, please see Katie Grime’s series, Women Speak About Natural Family Planning. These real stories are shocking and informative. I have been chastened by them and have learned a lot the past week. For instance, contraceptive medication can be used to deal with medical issues that women deal with. If you want more details and specific, go ask a woman, not me please!

That being said, there is something to be said about Comprehensive Sex Education and the Common Good. If I say I am pro-life, then I need to work in the public sphere for what is good for the community. Not everyone is a Christian, and therefore, to have Christian expectations and hopes on non-Christians is an epic fail. Morality cannot be legislated, it can only be embodied in Christian practices through our witness. Abstinence-only education should be privately supported alongside Comprehensive Sex Education for those students in schools who wish to opt off of CSE for religious reasons.

Scripture does not really address contraception, and to talk about the story of Onan in Genesis, I think is faulty proof-texting at best. Christians should use wisdom when talking about this issue with non-Christians, and public health and safety concerns MUST come first (ahem, neighborly love).

Now, for Christians and sex. Everyone’s ideas of orthodoxy and orthopraxis (right practice) is gonna be different, so here’s my take. First of all, I affirm traditional marriage between a man and a woman as the appropriate context for sexual coitus. Not only that, I, unlike other Protestants, believe marriage is a sacrament (for different theological reasons than 1 would assume). Now, some in the audience will ask, well, does not Homophobia exist in THE CHURCH? And I will say, Oh Yes, it does, a lot of Christians have irrational fears about even being near homosexual persons. Do I believe that heterosexism exists in THE CHURCH? My response would be, You are asking the wrong question. Churchy sex lives, for liberals and conservatives, center on people who are in relationships; there is a (excuse the horrific neologism) (having sex)-ism, whatever it is where people who aren’t dating anyone are not included a full participants in religious communities. As a single, celibate straight male who wishes one day to be married, the Church in conservative evangelical circles is obsessed with Singles Ministries as the Pie-in-the-Sky-We-Only-Good-For-Waiting and nothing else line of thinking. On the other hand, more liberal mainline churches that support “marriage equality” are telling me that I have to be in a relationship with someone and experience erotic love, otherwise, I am not fully human either. This is the same logic as Kelly Brown Douglas’ book Sexuality and the Black Church, we ain’t nothin’ but mammals so let’s do it like they do it on the Discovery Channel.

I am sick and tired of being told I am not fully human because I am not married or having sex. Don’t lecture me about how marriage is sacred when this country was built on the back of enslaved Africans whose marriages were not considered legal or sacred (knock knock, social conservatives)! Don’t lecture me about having to have sex because it’s natural and I don’t need self-control becuz Jesus the Magician has made us all anarchically free when your movement continues to claim to supersede the Civil Rights Movement ignores its own racism (yoo hoo!: social progressives). Don’t lecture me about how I should wait until marriage until you explain to me why during segregation, white men took their liberties to rape black women. Don’t lecture me about your marriage equality until we can talk about the racial and economic conditions that create male-on-male prison rape in our injustice system. Don’t say in one breathe that I am to be celibate and practice self-control, but corporations can do whatever they want. Stop telling me that businesses are out of control, and then have the nerve to say we don’t have to have will-power when it comes to our sex-lives.

I guess my harsh offensive words to THE CHURCH are these: Self-Control should be as much as a part of the Christian life as breathing is to the human anatomy. What this means is that single Christians are no longer marginalized in congregations, and celibacy is seen as a valid choice to be encouraged. The Church of Rush Limbaugh is slutty because they are Sodomites who hate the poor (oh, and that 4 marriage things–see, a propensity to unfaithfulness in 1 area….well you can guess). Can there be secular reasons for being celibate? I believe there can be, like remaining on task to struggle against an evil corporation (that’s 2 science fiction references– Dollhouse and Angel).

As I concluded my presentation at the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion in 2009, I say yet again, that THE CHURCH must learn to teach that part of living as the Holies of Holies of YHWH is to re-educate ourselves on the lost virtue of Will-Power.

*ducks, prepares for angry comments, tweet mentions, and persecution*

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