- In whatever Christian denomination you choose to look at, you'll find despicable misdeeds left and right.
- Part 1: Hatred is weaponizing Jesus: How violent evangelicals, faith-based con artists & serial abusers are using religion for the purpose of evil.
- Part 2: Black America owes no forgiveness: How Christianity hinders racial justice.
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
Part 1: Hatred is weaponizing Jesus: How violent evangelicals, faith-based con artists & serial abusers are using religion for the purpose of evil.
In whatever Christian denomination you choose to look at, you'll find despicable misdeeds left and right.
Jeffrey Tayler, Salon
(Credit: Renata Sedmakova via Shutterstock/Salon)
Sunday, Aug 23, 2015 | I’ve decided that, at least in the United States, the religiously devout really do have the interests of rationalist nonbelievers at heart, at least as far as providing us with (a sick, unseemly sort of) entertainment goes. They strive ceaselessly and tirelessly, without remiss, on holidays, weekends, and during the work week, to provide us with new episodes of the tragicomic—though mostly tragic—reality-show farce that is religion, and at their own expense. We might just as well call them the Falstaffs of Faith.
In the Roman Catholic cult, aging, supposedly celibate yet surely (concupiscently) turgid priests in frocks and beanies hide behind screens in confessionals and eagerly (probably pantingly) parse accounts of the sexual misdeeds of their flock members, and have the nerve to impose “penance” on them, even as dioceses continue to declare bankruptcy to get out of making payouts to their own sexual abuse victims. In the United States alone, by 2012, the Catholic Church’s victims numbered as many as 100,000, and payouts to them had amounted to as much as $2.2 billion.
Jeffrey Tayler is a U.S.-born author and journalist. He is the Russia correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly, a contributor to several other magazines, and the author of seven books as well.
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Part 2: Black America owes no forgiveness: How Christianity hinders racial justice.
Blacks are expected to absolve White America of its crimes. The rules change when the victim happens to be white.
Chauncey DeVega, AlterNet / Salon
Sunday, Aug 23, 2015 | On the one-year anniversary of the death of an 18-year-old black teenager named Michael Brown by a (now confessed racist) white police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, Brown’s mother, Lezley McSpadden, was asked if she forgave Darren Wilson for his cruel and wanton act of legal murder. She told Al Jazeera that she will “never forgive” Darren Wilson and that “he’s evil, his acts were devilish.”
Her response is unusual. Its candor is refreshing. Lezley McSpadden’s truth-telling reveals the full humanity and emotions of black folks, and by doing so defies the norms which demand that when Black Americans suffer they do so stoically, and always in such a way where forgiveness for racist violence is a given, an unearned expectation of White America.
Chauncey DeVega: political essayist, educator, cultural critic, and ghetto nerd
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