Militant Christian Rails Against “Effeminate” Jesus

In the beginning there were no gods and so men created them in their own image.

From Alternet:  http://www.alternet.org/general-jerry-boykin-jesus-was-mans-man

The retired general turned right-wing evangelical activist made the remarks at a Men’s Prayer Breakfast.

By Alex Kane
November 19, 2013

A former American general turned right-wing evangelical activist recently told an audience that the mainstream narrative about Jesus was all wrong.

According to Jerry Boykin, vice president of the Family Research Council, Jesus is not weak and effeminate, as the modern-day church teaches today.  Boykin said that he was a “man’s man” and a “tough guy,” according to Right Wing Watch, which posted video of Boykin’s speech.

Boykin made the remarks a few months ago at a Men’s Prayer Breakfast hosted at William Jessup University, a Christian school in California. The former general told the crowd that Jesus got strong by being a carpenter and stone mason.  All the lifting he had to do, Boykin said, gave him “big, bulging biceps, big ole veins popping out of his arms, thin waist, [and] strong shoulders.”

“He was a man’s man, but we feminized him in the church … He was a tough guy and that’s the Jesus that I want to be like. That’s the side that I want to be like,” Boykin added. “But we’ve feminized Jesus in the church and the men can’t identify with him anymore; not the kind of men that I want to hang out with, they can’t identify with this effeminate Jesus that we’ve tried to portray. He was a tough guy. He was a man’s man.”

Boykin first burst into the national spotlight in 2003, while he was serving as Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence in the Bush Department of Defense.  He courted controversy when he said that the war on terror was a religious war, and that the enemy’s God was “Satan.” Since retiring from the military, he has become an ardent right-wing Christian activist who is actively involved in fomenting Islamophobia.

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Conservative MP calls for porn firewall

From Xtra Ca:  http://dailyxtra.com/canada/news/conservative-mp-calls-porn-firewall?market=206

Published Wed, Nov 20, 2013

Joy Smith says pornography is ‘grooming’ Canada’s youth and leading to sexual abuse and human trafficking

Porn, you’ve got an enemy in Joy Smith.

The outspoken MP for Winnipeg’s Kildonan–St Paul riding, known as one of the more socially conservative members of the Harper government, earned her stripes as a moral campaigner in an early-morning press conference Nov 20 on Parliament Hill.

Smith was joined by Gail Dines, a self-described anti-porn activist who infamously launched a lawsuit against BDSM website kink.com, arguing that it violated the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

Together they made the case that pornography is “grooming” the youth of Canada — leading to sexual abuse, child exploitation and human trafficking.

“We need to connect the dots,” Smith said.

“In this massive fight against child exploitation, human trafficking and the sexualization of our children, porn is the mass groomer and driver of demand.”

The two are campaigning to get the federal government to implement a factory-default firewall that would block any form of adult material, unless the credit-card holder for the internet service disables it.

While the two didn’t propose much in terms of policy, the filter aside, they did call on the country to have a serious conversation about limiting and regulating pornography.

Throughout the press conference, Smith and Dines linked pornography to human trafficking. When Xtra asked how she came to that connection, Smith explained that “the objective of a trafficker is to make a heck of a lot of money.

“The porn industry is much more lucrative, let’s put it that way. So it really goes together. Once a victim is groomed, they seem to think this is normal, that there’s nothing wrong with it. Unfortunately, they end up being sick, harmed, they die. There’s very bad things that happen to them. They don’t hear about that when it first starts.”

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Meet the Catholic extremists who could shatter the church

From Salon:  http://www.salon.com/2013/11/17/meet_the_catholic_extremists_who_could_shatter_the_church/

The Society of St. Pius X has a past of Fascist sympathy and worse. Pope Francis might welcome it back to the flock


Sunday, Nov 17, 2013

Last month, a 100-year-old convicted Nazi war criminal died in Italy and nobody wanted to bury him. Former SS captain Erich Priebke died under house arrest on Oct. 11, and that’s when the trouble started. Priebke had wanted a public funeral and Catholic burial — in contempt of the standard practice of cremating Nazi war criminals and scattering their ashes to the wind, or tucking them out of sight.

But the Diocese of Rome refused to bury him — as did Priebke’s hometown in Germany and the foreign minister of Argentina, where Priebke (who died unrepentant) lived after fleeing his war-riddled continent. Each locale worried that Priebke’s gravesite could become a shrine for roaming Third Reich nostalgics. The corpse was in limbo, until the Society of St. Pius X stepped in.

The Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) is a fervently traditionalist Catholic sect: a Vatican breakaway with no official Church status, and the cause of much malcontent in Rome. Born in reaction to the Church’s modernizing reforms of the ’60s, the Society soon emerged as a stronghold of the way Catholicism used to be. In the towns and cities where SSPX communities popped up (SSPX claims almost half a million members, hundreds of priests, and a presence on every continent, though the numbers cannot be verified), the group is best known for its practice of the old Tridentine Mass: conducted in Latin, the priest’s back to his congregation, and heavy on the Gregorian chant.

Elsewhere, SSPX is known for other things: like its Holocaust-denying bishop; its anti-Semitic conspiracy mongering (an SSPX leader recently dubbed Jews and Modernists “enemies of the Church”); its rejection of interfaith dialogue; and its insistence that, since the 1960s, the Vatican has taken a turn for the worse. The Anti-Defamation League describes SSPX as “mired in anti-Semitism.” The Southern Poverty Law Center ups the ante, calling “radical traditionalist Catholics” (including, prominently, SSPX members) “the single largest group of hard-core anti-Semites in America.”

And yet, the Vatican wants to make amends. Though a round of official negotiations broke down last year, the Holy See still supports a Pontifical Commission called Ecclesia Dei, which has tried to lead the SSPX flock back into the fold. As recently as January, Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, one of Rome’s top dogs, penned a letter to Society priests, pleading for “reconciliation and healing.”

Why?

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Janice Raymond at Vancouver Public Library Montreal Massacre Memorial

From Rabble Ca:  http://rabble.ca/babble/feminism/janice-raymond-vancouver-public-library-montreal-massacre-memorial

El Feministo
November 19, 2013

The following open letter has been delivered to the trustees of Vancouver Public Library (board@vpl.ca) and to the Vancouver Rape Relief collective (info@rapereliefshelter.bc.ca).

I believe this issue deserves serious consideration by the Library, by Rape Relief, and by the general public, and I encourage concerned citizens to contact Vancouver Public Library and/or Vancouver Rape Relief if you have any concerns regarding this event. Tthe event program is available at http://www.rapereliefshelter.bc.ca/learn/resources/montreal-massacre-memorial-2013-program.

 

18 November 2013

To Vancouver Public Library management and board, Vancouver Rape Relief management, collective, and board, and to members, donors, and volunteers with both organizations:

I am writing regarding Vancouver Rape Relief’s (VRR’s) intent to host Janice Raymond at their “Montreal Massacre Memorial 2013” event hosted by Vancouver Public Library (VPL) on Nov. 30, 2013. Ms. Raymond is to deliver a talk titled “Prostitution: Not a Job, not a Choice”. Further to Raymond’s controversial stance on prostitution, you are likely aware of Raymond’s notorious stance toward transgendered people, too. I am requesting that space be made available to both transgender communities and sex work communities to respond to Ms. Raymond when she speaks at VPL.

Ms. Raymond is infamous for suggesting that “medicalized transsexualism represents only one more aspect of patriarchal hegemony” and arguing that transgendered people should be morally mandated “out of existence”. She also wrote Technology on the Social and Ethical Aspects of Transsexual Surgery, for the US Government, which led to the elimination of US federal and state aid for indigent and imprisoned transsexual persons – legislation which some speculate facilitated the deaths of already-marginalized trans persons. Raymond’s opinions on prostitution are similarly controversial, and widely criticized: her testimony in Bedford v. Canada was judged not to be credible. Her promotion of the belief that “legalization or decriminalization of prostitution … promotes trafficking” has been widely debunked and policies based on this mistaken assumption (like the USA’s PEPFAR legislation, until it was struck down by the US Supreme Courthave been shown to have harmful effects.

Meanwhile, VRR’s negativity toward transgender people is well-documented in coverage of VRR’s dispute with Kim Nixon in the 1990s. However, you may not know that VRR continues to perpetuate this conflict, with VRR insinuating “real woman” discourse into UBC’s recent Take Back the Night event. VRR collective member (and de facto leader) Lee Lakeman’s recent defamation of Ms. Nixon in the form of public accusation of felony theft continues VRR’s aggression toward transgender people – a politics of exclusion reified into a praxis of hate (to this day, VRR argues that transgender is not an identity, but rather, say VRR, “it is really an insidious form of paralyzing liberalism which translates into ultraconservatism in action”). Moreover, VRR’s ideological bond with Raymond’s politics is reflected in VRR’s role as the home of the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres (CASAC)authors of a 2013 statement which prioritizes the elimination of sex work over all other women’s issues.

Whereas VPL intends to host an event sponsored by VRR, featuring Raymond, I refer you to VPL’s policy, which “is responsible for working with its communities to create services that diverse communities identify as respectful, inclusive, and accessible” with specific regard to “sexual orientation, gender identity,” etc. In light of this policy, I am asking both VPL and VRR to ensure that Janice Raymond’s presence at VPL includes the voices of the communities that she and VRR excludes. I am appealing to the Library’s Diversity and Inclusion Statement (referenced above) as well as to theLibrary’s meeting room policy, which in turn refers to the BC Human Rights Code. I believe the latter’s clause on “discriminatory publication” applies to any statements made during this event.

To be clear, this is not an attempt to censor or censure VRR or Raymond. To the contrary, I invite VRR to step inclusively into the realm of civil society rather than continuing to privilege the purity of your particular voice at the expense of the people you exclude. Inviting a dialogue between Raymond and the people she speaks against so stridently would be a step toward dissipating the pain and harm that Raymond’s views have caused to so many people.

Finally, I would like to emphasize that this request is motivated by values promoting civic discourse in a vibrant public sphere. I respect VRR’s right and privilege to mount this event, but showcasing a speaker who many people believe to be guilty of hate speech is inconsistent with these values, both generally and as reflected in VPL’s policies.

Respectfully,

El Feministo

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