For Christ and His White Kingdom - An open letter to the Wheaton College Community on White Supremacy
I can tell you what all of this means to me. It means that as a result of Wheaton’s failure to educate its students on the reality of white supremacy in the country and abroad, and as a result of the racially apathetic student culture that derives from the institutional failure to affirm minority cultures, that I will not be recommending Wheaton College to any students of color without any serious caveats for how they will feel alienated merely because they don’t fit in with the dominant and celebrated white culture on campus. I know for a fact that I am not the only alumnus of color who feels this way.
My colleague writes about the white supremacy at Wheaton College, the top Christian liberal arts college in the country. Wheaton is a predominately white, evangelical university; the overt racism and covert white supremacy is indicative of broader problems within white evangelicalism.
11:23 pm • 9 December 2013 • 8 notes
Anonymous asked: How is it like with you going to seminary and your husband being an atheist? How does he feel about it? Oh, and y'all are adorable!
Thank you, Anon!
I will say that he doesn’t fully “get it.” But he appreciates that it’s a challenging path, and that it’s something I’m passionate about, and so he supports me however he can.
Our religious differences are a continual dialogue, and we’ve agreed to grow into the dynamic tension there.
I’m content with that.
9:48 pm • 9 December 2013 • 6 notes
A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday.
The order says the cake-maker must “cease and desist from discriminating” against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay couples who want to buy cakes.
A similar is pending in Washington state, where a florist is accused of refusing service for a same-sex wedding. In New Mexico, the state Supreme Court ruled in August that an Albuquerque business was wrong to decline to photograph a same-sex couple’s commitment ceremony.
Colorado has a constitutional ban against gay marriage but allows civil unions. The civil union law, which passed earlier this year, does not provide religious protections for businesses.
Unpopular opinion: you should not be forced to do business with anyone you don’t want to.
What good people should do is make a story like this go viral and boycott the bakery until his business suffers to the point that he has to apologize and offer service without discrimination, or find a new customer base entirely, or go out of business.
It disappoints me to see people turn to the use of the threat of violence and theft of money to create what they perceive as positive change.
^^^ Couldn’t agree more. It is annoying to see the govt. interfering with businesses in this way. I am gay and I don’t want to get a damn cake from a place who doesn’t think my marriage/union is valid. So whatever.
While I have no desire to give homophobes my money, the government is simply pursuing the line of logic that is being used to establish marriage equality. If same-sex marriages are not ‘separate but equal’, but instead included under the umbrella of the 14th amendment’s ‘Equal Protection’ clause, then it would stand to light that homophobia in the marketplace or workplace cannot be sanctioned by states that allow same-sex marriage, excluding perhaps religious institutions themselves which could be protected under the precedent of Hosanna Tabor v. EEOC. Perhaps switch ‘gay couple’ to ‘black/interracial couple’. Individual racist positions could not be honored or protected as free speech by the courts.
Laws are blunt instruments. You may shrug at a bakery, but imagine a similar argument used by, say, the owners of the only grocery store in a 100-person town: We don’t want to sell you food. Or, in a similar situation, the only daycare providers in that town: we refuse to care for your child because she is being raised by two men or two women. Or, the private ambulance company shows up and says, well, we’re not going to take you in to the hospital because you’re having AIDS-related complications and you’re gay.
Businesses and capitalist enterprises are not “natural,” they do not exist independently, free of government “meddling.” The government creates and sustains the legal entity of a “business.” If you want to bake cakes for the people at your church and they want to give you money for it, you’re free to do so — but that’s very different from starting a bakery. Starting a bakery, incorporating, is done with the express purpose of serving the public at large. And the government has decided that you can’t limit who you serve (again: as a State-sustained entity) based on your personal prejudices around a number of different demographic aspects.
9:35 pm • 9 December 2013 • 241 notes
do u guys have anything in common lol
(jk. we’re both anticapitalists, we like community/communities, we value honesty & commitment & passion, we like food, we are both people who are intensely protective of our loved ones, we want kids, and it goes on.)
10:08 pm • 8 December 2013 • 3 notes
I guess it’s personal blogging Sunday -
I’m trying to convince my husband that we should take the train around the country for two weeks for our honeymoon, with a little bit of stopping off to visit friends & relatives. He’s still holding out for visiting his brother in Vietnam. Which, sure, much more exotic, etc., but easily twice as expensive and with fewer trains.
Have I mentioned that my husband comes from a family of globetrotting art dealers? They’re all out of the business now and most of them go from decent jobs to poverty every few years, but he has Certain Tastes that are not my tastes, I just want to take a train and “see the country.”
9:59 pm • 8 December 2013 • 6 notes
Ok so my intention to bake a whole bunch of bread this semester was definitely intensified by the smell of this baby baking. 100% whole wheat loaf. Chewy and dense, but not in a bad way.
5:53 pm • 8 December 2013 • 9 notes
I am. And also the opposite is happening to me right now. Gf and i are breaking up, she gets the food processor.
oh no. :( I’m sorry.
I am intending to visit Queens some time this break because I’ve only been there once. If we meet up, I’ll bring you some bread.
5:28 pm • 8 December 2013 • 2 notes
fuck you and your stand mixer
just go get married, it’s a good way to get a stand mixer if you have weird old rich relatives somewhere in your family tree (or if your spouse does).
5:12 pm • 8 December 2013 • 1 note
Baking Bread Vacation 2013-2014?
This is my first real vacation since starting grad school. Last winter I had major surgery & went on an immersion tour course; this past summer I took a summer class, got legally married & worked all summer organizing.
I’m at a loss for what to do, honestly. Exploring NYC costs money, and that’s money we don’t have. I could spend every day in the Met, or other museums my ID gives me free access to; I could also read, and read, and read some more.
I will likely do both of those in fair quantities. But, taking stock of our current resources and my various interests: I think I’m going to spend the break baking bread (and other savory baked goods). My husband revealed that his Christmas present for me was cookbooks from a beloved SF bakery, which include a pastry cookbook, a bread cookbook, and an “ancient whole grains” cookbook (they have yet to arrive); he also asked his father for a grain mill for Christmas, because as much as he hates the idea of rural life, he sure likes to DIY it.
We have a stand mixer.
The landlord replaced our oven this summer.
We have a potted herb garden that has been proliferating magnificently.
I have a love of baking, and I have been baking serviceable-but-not-incredible bread for the last few months because it’s cheaper and better.
I’m still going through Andrew Whitley’s Bread Matters, which is a fascinating bread-baking guide that argues that North American & British processed bread is actually responsible for most cases of wheat/gluten sensitivity.
4:55 pm • 8 December 2013 • 9 notes