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Posted inReligion

Being Wrong: The Feedback Loop, Embraced.

Reading Time: 9 minutes One of the greatest gifts we can get is constructive feedback from our peers and loved ones. That kind of feedback–offered in affection with hopes of improvement–shows us that they care enough to say something and that they believe that we can do better than we are now. That give-and-take is part of how we learn and grow and can be an important part of how we reach our various goals in life. Because feedback is so important, though, it’s really easy to turn into a weapon. Either the feedback isn’t offered in a constructive way because it’s being used to control or hurt us, or else we’re so scared of being controlled or hurt that we have a lot of trouble accepting it.

Posted inLGBTQ, Religion

Evangelical Churn and the Chain of Pain.

Reading Time: 9 minutes As the religion becomes more and more extremist and polarized, we’ll be seeing more and more people damaged by it. Christianity–especially the right-wing versions of it–has managed to press into its adherents’ lives one of the cruelest and most heartless deceptions imaginable, and those adherents’ innocent children are the ones paying the price.

Posted inReligion

The Superiority Complex

Reading Time: 15 minutes I don’t know if diversity education works–the jury seems to be out on that one–but it’d sure be nice if Christians as a whole woke up to what they’re doing to society by treating this or that group as innately superior and destined to lead.

Posted inUncategorized

Dancing Bears

Reading Time: 12 minutes Today I want to talk about something I call “dancing bears”–that strange phenomenon you see when somebody who doesn’t really fit in with a group, or who might even be someone that group is actively working to undermine or disenfranchise, is deliberately sought and trotted out to advance that group’s interests and confirm its dominance. […]

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