When I was choosing my Evangelical college, PCC was one of my few approved options. It has a pretty decent nursing program, and I was toying with going to school for that, but I knew, even then, that it possibly was the most conservative of all the schools I had access to.
Actually, I’ll have to amend that, Ambassador Bible College was probably way more conservative than PCC, but even we considered them fringe.
1/ If evangelicals enthusiastically supporting the forced separation of children from their illegal immigrant parents is surprising to you, understand that evangelicals are fundamentally opposed to the idea of children having human rights. #YouDontKnowEvangelicals#EmptyThePews
2/ Most evangelicals would not directly say “Children do not have basic human rights”, but it is baked into their belief system; they just don’t. Evangelicals do not see children as having an identity independent of their family.
3/ Observe Mike Farris of HSLDA explaining that children don’t have fundamental human rights of their own, while not explicitly saying so (hslda.org/content/docs/h…):
2. Now Hillsdale is home to a hardline conservative Christian "liberal arts" school called Hillsdale College. Incidentally, one of my high school friends from youth group went there. And guess who was invited to give this year's commencement address? Why, none other than @VP.
3. You can see Mike Pence's own thread relating his speech here:
My parent’s pastor, in the early 80’s, preached, “If we're going to turn this [country] around we need to be having lots of kids.” My parents chose to have more kids than they could handle because of those teachings.
Side note: we weren’t even in a quiverfull church. Most families had 4-5 kids. We dressed normal. This wasn’t an “extreme” fundamentalist church. My point, you probably know people who are in evangelical churches like this, that seem totally normal and harmless from the outside.
So I'd like to share some of the more horrific aspects of being homeschooled and what I was taught *by a licensed program* for my entire education.
There is a narrative that is pushed by far right Christians that the government is evil.
2/15 Not misguided, not that some politicians are corrupt, no--the US Government is *evil* and irrevocably broken. We are pointed to stories like Red Rock, and, to be quite frank, the Holocaust. That's right, there's a belief that because the Holocaust will not only happen again
3/15 but that it will happen this time to "the true martyrs," ie white Christians. Saint Maximilian Colby was HUGE in my circles, as he was a Catholic priest who "became a martyr" in the camps. The Columbine Christianity myth did incredible work for this narrative,
I don’t want to give more publicity to this bad faith argument, and Jen doesn’t need me to defend her, but I do have some thoughts. This kind of logic is very commonly employed in conservative circles, and I think a little pushback is completely justified. 😆
We jump off with TWO classic “arguments”: 1) conceding that perhaps a small problem exists somewhere but it’s not widespread. 2) my argument is Real Logic™️ so despite neither of us having data to backup our assertions and experiences, I’m more right than you.
Here’s where Mike makes his bad faith and hyper defensiveness abundantly clear: he frames Jen’s theological shift as rejecting all traditionalists as “backwater bucolic yokels.”
I haven’t listened to this interview yet but this framing is so out of character for JH is comical
2. Before laying out my thoughts on this, a couple of caveats. Firstly, it's not the fault of survivors of extremist Christianity that mainstream America has proven largely unwilling to listen.
3. An (untenable, circular) impulse to consider "real" religion benign is baked into American national DNA, although it functions disproportionately in favor of Christianity. Christian privilege is very real.
(Since you don't know me and don't have context for reading my tone: this is a sincere query. And I am choosing to ask it publicly via quote tweet because this is an important dialogue for many of us on the left, NOT to put you on the spot.)