Sex work ≠ sex trafficking.

Equating them harms sex workers and sex trafficking victims. Listen to sex workers and victims, stop making decisions for them.

The problem has never been sex work, instead it has been for a long time the white supremacist cis-hetero patriarchy.

Making this conversation about sex trafficking when nobody even has all the facts on whether there was sex trafficking continues to take the focus away from the facts.

A white Christian man decided that instead of dealing w/the traumatic effects of purity culture in healthy

ways, or instead of finding support, asking for help... he was going to murder Asian women because they “tempted him.” Ending his temptation to make him “pure” was a bigger priority that the lives of these women. Because he was taught the world revolves around white men,

and all of us must bend to ensure they fulfill the great mandate given to them by their white Jesus. They are chosen.

Purity culture teaches men that women have to protect them from temptation, not make them stumble. The sin then becomes that these women were...

making him stumble. Not that purity culture is an inadequate and abusive sexual framework that leaves all repressed and traumatized. Not that men have been taught they don’t have to be responsible for their sexuality. Not that women have been dehumanized and objectified.

Not that Asian women have been exotified and fetishized. Not that toxic Christianity deals in shame, fear and guilt. Not that white men have been taught not to be held accountable. Not that white supremacy dehumanizes BIPOC in general and Asian women in particular.

None of the actual facts were the problem, all that mattered is that Asian women were tempting a white Christian man; therefore the world needed to change to adapt to his needs, to protect him, to coddle him, to ensure his own comfort and peace of mind.

And do we have to have a conversation about sex work and sex trafficking? Maybe. But that is not the conversation we need to have today. Today, and every day we need to talk about the capitalistic, Christian, white supremacists cis-hetero patriarchy,

because without it sex trafficking wouldn’t even exist. Without it perhaps we’d all have a healthy relationship with our own bodies and sexuality, without it the dehumanization of women in general and Asian women in particular wouldn’t be a thing, the commodification of

human bodies for the pleasure of white men wouldn’t be acceptable. And we wouldn’t be grieving the horrific hate crime that took the lives of 8 people, including 6 Asian women, who were doing their job and didn’t owe a thing, or cause any harm to this white man who murdered them.

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19 Mar
Christians talking about a sexually explicit performance being evil don’t realize they are telling on themselves. Evil is something profoundly immoral that causes harm and destruction. Not simply something you disapprove of or dislike.

When Christians say that two women of color being sexual in their own time, without requiring them to watch or engage with what are putting out there is evil, they are saying our sexuality is evil. So women of color being sexual, causes them harm or destruction.

And how can they not see the connection between that narrative and the reality of a Christian man driving to massage parlors to shoot Asian women because they "tempted" him? How can they not see their narrative blames women, especially women of color, for their own response?

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15 Mar
Christians often say “not all churches,” which yes, agreed. However, here are some signs of abusive churches.

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Obedience is demanded - coercing people into obedience and focusing a lot on behavior control and discipline as ways to evidence your godliness.

Isolation - a tendency to demonize anything that is not the version of Christianity they approves of. Secular info is rendered as dangerous, a door to “backsliding.” This also extends to demonizing people with messages that don’t line up with to their narrow doctrinal beliefs.
Belonging hinges on agreement - dualistic thinking is the norm, and rules of belonging are set with that mentality. You are with us, you believe what we believe, you behave how we behave; or you are against us, and obviously wrong. You belong if you agree only!

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14 Mar
All theology is made up. It’s all frameworks to explain/communicate things we can’t explain/communicate otherwise.

The question: is this theology true? Is irrelevant. The more important question: is this theology moving us toward a healthier version of ourselves? is helpful.

“True” when it comes to theology can be reduced to “that which the most powerful have agreed upon.” Not necessarily that which is verifiable, fact or reality. Because nobody can prove that the Canaanite god El is ≠ than the Israelite Elohim, or the same as the Christian God.

Theology evolves. The more information we have about humanity and cosmology; the more theology changes. While some frameworks were adequate for ancient people, and led them toward a healthier version of themselves; they are rather inadequate today, and toxic theology now.

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3 Mar
Thank you for the unsolicited education Brent. This is all stuff I have been told and was indoctrinated into growing up. Changing my mind required a lot of studying but I’ll give you a quick summary. Since you decided to try to teach me I figured I’d return the favor.

We start in Gen 19. First look at Ezekiel 16:49-50, now go back to Gen 19 and notice the issue was not homosexuality but rape! Because we can all agree rape is horrific, and per Ezekiel and Genesis the issue wasn’t at all consensual, respectful homosexual relationships.

Now let’s take a look at Lev 18:22 and Levi 20:13. Hebrew has 3 word for man: אִישׁ ('iysh), זָכָר (zakar), and גֶּבֶר (geber). And those verses look different in Hebrew than they do in English where it seems to simply imply male homosexual relationships are an abomination.

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28 Feb
It isn’t hyperbole to say bad theology kills*. Just War Theory begun in the 4th century BCE to justify the horrors of the Roman Empire that was now a “Christian” state. It’s been the justification behind genocide, anti-semitism, islamophobia, and xenophobia for 1600 yrs.

The differentiation between genocide and malicide, murder and assassination, oppression and protection; were all made under the guise of Just War Theory. Because to make war just you have to change definitions and demonize a people group as evil you have to rid the world of.

It is always the powerful that use Just War Theory to defend bloodshed and destruction. When I say Christianity must be challenged, it is because it’s provided power hungry empires w/a very effective weapon to oppress and tap themselves on the back because “God is with them”

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25 Feb
Lies from Sunday School

The Bible is clear - No, it is not. People have argued issues in the Bible for as long as the book has existed. On any given issue you can argue for or against using the Bible. Even the books in it are still argued amongst different denominations.

The Bible is the word of God - this assertion is nowhere on the Bible. Considering the collection of books was curated hundreds of years after the individuals books were written, it makes no sense to read any verses to mean the Christian Bible is the word of God.

Christianity is the only true faith - There is as much evidence to back this claim up, as there is to back Hinduism, Islam, or agnosticism as superior beliefs. Faith is helpful so long as it enhances our spiritual life. This assertion is rooted in supremacy culture.

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