Not gonna lie, two years later, it still hurts to recall how people I liked were willing to just lies and ghost me at the drop of a hat.

And Twitter gets awkward, seeing people I still consider friends have friendly interactions with the ringleaders, or getting tagged w/ them
Not that I expect everyone to know or remember everything about that whole ugly episode. Obviously, that would be an unrealistic and unfair expectation. But the repercussions of the whole thing still suck
*to believe lies
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19 Apr
This is day 19 since the original sex-outside-straight-Christian-marriage-is-"dehumanizing" tweet

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If someone feels this compelled to keep repeating that something is "stable" and "non-excluding," I think you can be pretty sure it isn't.

The obsessive repetition says more about the people doing the repeating than it does about the world outside them or the people they target
To me, the paradigmatic Protestant example is always good ol' Martin Luther himself. Now there was an obsessive, neurotic, paranoid personality. Read his very testy and adamant "On the Bondage of the Will," a polemic against Renaissance Humanist Erasmus. It is wild
Read 5 tweets
18 Apr
Read the quoted thread + this one:

Some of you don’t know that in 2019 a faction of what had been #exvangelical Twitter tried to “cancel” me—but were shown to have lied and contradicted themselves. They scapegoated a trans woman they just didn’t like
It caused some serious upheaval in my life, and only one of them made amends. The rest refuse to own that they did anything wrong; they still call me a “grifter” and such as friends occasionally bring to my attention (I generally try to ignore them)
I came out of it okay after a few of the worst months of my life, but the whole thing has made me really wary of survivors’ communities.

This thread isn’t meant to be a freakout over “cancel culture.” The people freaking out about that are rich and in no real danger
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17 Apr
Note that all this lofty rhetoric about the “telos” of the human being ultimately boils down to an unconvincing moral consequentialist argument.

This is just a more formally sophisticated version of the narrative arc of the Creation “Museum,” or the Baptist tract “Killer Kids”
If humans are “just animals,” the thinking goes, or if we think we are, we will behave “like animals,” and murder and rape and do ALL THE DRUGS.

Obviously 🙃

That conservative Christian apologists always eventually fall back on moral consequentialist appeals is very telling
In making this move, Christian apologists tell on themselves in several key ways.

Firstly, they’re admitting that they cannot make a convincing, let alone “objective” case for their beliefs using reason and logic.

Secondly, they show a disturbing lack of ethical imagination
Read 6 tweets
15 Apr
Again with the (genuinely) dehumanizing reductions and abstractions.

This is a fundamental misreading of the substantive criticisms of Keller’s “biblical sex ethic” I and many others have put forth, and a very convenient deflection
In contrast to Keller and his stans, none of us has been putting forth a singular prescriptive way of being gendered or sexual in the world as one-size-fits-all.

It’s the anti-pluralism, indoctrination, and social pressure to conform that we, as a rule, object to
I don’t take at face value that Keller knows many people who have been saved by embracing his position, let alone many who have been “harmed” by breaking free of conservative Christians’ suffocating narrowness and repression. But I’m not telling people they must be like me
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12 Apr
Introducing bills like this serves a purpose even when they’re expected not to go anywhere.

That purpose is to make other legislative initiatives targeting human rights seem reasonable, and to pave the way for ever more radical authoritarianism.

Someday, this law could pass
Political scientists call the realm of socially acceptable policy discussion and debate “the Overton window.” Republican strategists have long since understood that you can craft messaging and actions as part of a deliberate strategy to shift the Overton window
When the unthinkable becomes thinkable—when it becomes possible to advocate in “respectable” society for something like the removal of transgender children from supportive parents—that action may eventually become possible. Meanwhile, slightly less extreme horrors become possible
Read 5 tweets
11 Apr
@JohnGPettus @katherineschof8 @TardigradeJr @sandyshores27 In the West, atheists are mostly operating within a culturally Christian framework. *Some* - emphasis on some - atheists, sometimes the most antagonistic and problematic, are also extremely privileged people. That being said, atheists face serious stigma in much of America
@JohnGPettus @katherineschof8 @TardigradeJr @sandyshores27 The point is, there are many different axes and intersections along which power dynamics run in these contexts. Obnoxious antitheists tend to be white and male, and often not financially precarious. And their atheism often takes a supremacist form.
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