Social Justice Warrior – I don’t think it is an insult

It’s become par for the course to utilise the term “Social Justice Warrior” in a negative light.

Practically anything can be used to justify the use of this moniker. And it is a rather ridiculous insult I find.

I don’t know who Michael Luciano is but I have had the pleasure of disagreeing with him in the past.

And imagine my surprise when in response to “THIS” piece I was called a social justice warrior. I mean it’s only the juxtaposition of MRA and Gamergate supporters calling me a nigger and a fag/got. Now you are right, they are within their rights to call me nigger and fag/got.

As am I within my rights to expose the abuse and let people realise that these people are at BEST trolls. Trolls who are willing to sink to racism and homophobia and sexism. Remember all those #notyourshield people? Well? These people don’t give a flying fuck about them. Oh and I get it. There are people on both sides who are quite stupid. It’s not just the guy who claimed to have a 99th percentile IQ in language skills then promptly failed to recognise sarcasm then attempted to defend the statement of “you are a fag” as “you are a cigarette”. That’s someone’s mouth writing cheques their brain can’t cash. But on the other side? There are people who seriously suggest deporting white people out of Africa and justifying the actions of Robert Mugabe. And also justifying by extension the plans of people like the BNP and other far right parties that wish to deport and disenfranchise groups of people because of their ethnicity under the argument of “It’s different”. That is injustice too and it doesn’t improve anything. It just makes everyone miserable. The sins of the father should not be placed on their sons. And yes, white people in many parts of the world got a leg up due to colonialism. Taking away their stuff isn’t going to solve anything. It just makes you another tyrant and another dragon. And it is not social nor is it justice. It’s just revenge. And all it does is make us blind. What people of colour really want is progress. We want the SAME stuff. Not for others to have our existence. I don’t think anyone seriously wishes everyone else’s life was as bad as theirs rather than their life was as good as other people’s.  [Read more…]

Priorities Among Pro-Life

This is the rather charming press release from Children of God for Life.

A little back story, a short distance from my quiet little hospital lies an institution run by a charity I don’t quite like. Sure they do good work, but often they deny women the chance to decide what they should do with their own bodies. World Vision International lurk around my way. I see the t-shirts given out by them. And I am aware that the good they do comes with the ulterior motive of spreading Christian belief and while they explicitly do not flog Bible before Bread, they still have that undertone.

But contact with them puts me in touch with other pro-life organisations. Including Children of God for Life who today released a press statement.  [Read more…]

Atheists Don’t Owe Social Justice a Damn Thing

No. I don’t believe this. I am quite involved in social justice and am a very hands on person with regards to that, but this piece piqued my “interest”.

Long story short? Battle Lines were drawn up between two groups of people. One who think atheism is just about having no gods and the other who point out that there exist theological structures that permeate our society that cause discrimination that even we take for granted and that perhaps we should realise some uncomfortable truths about the society we live in and that includes the people who make up atheism.

Some atheists are involved in issues of politics, science and society.

And some think that they don’t owe these concepts a damn thing. [Read more…]

Ten Flaws in Atheism – A Response

The Christian Times is trying to engage us and these are some points made by Professor John Lennox out at the London Evangelists’ Conference.

You don’t have to read hundreds of books before you can discuss your faith with an atheist. Sometimes claims and questions that are just short soundbites can be answered just as quickly. At the London Evangelists’ Conference yesterday, Professor John Lennox offered some quick responses to some common claims from atheists.

These should be good. [Read more…]