Have just read an article called “#MeToo and the Atheist Community”
“The sheer scope of this movement, touching so many corners of society at once, is astounding. Then again, we probably shouldn’t be surprised. As I’ve said before, the sad truth is that an allegation of sexual harassment or assault against a powerful man isn’t an extraordinary claim; it’s an ordinary one.”
“What seems different this time is that women who speak out are being believed and taken seriously, while men are actually admitting their misdeeds and suffering consequences. “
“However, as I said, we in the secular community can’t afford to sit easy. We’re no exception to this trend. As much as we like to think of ourselves as rational and superior, our own gender politics are far from enlightened. We, too, have skeletons in our closets that need to be dragged out into the light of day.”
Yeah. It’s not just the fundagelicals who grope us women. It’s all men in every walk of life.
“It’s disappointing and enraging to see how many men, including many allegedly feminist men, now stand revealed as creeps and hypocrites. But as painful as it is, it’s a necessary reckoning. Men have been getting away with loathsome behavior for too long, and it’s unsurprising that some of the predators would try to camouflage themselves by mouthing the right words about gender equality. It hurts to find out that they were never the allies they said they were. But that knowledge is essential if we’re going to put a stop to their misbehavior and build a robust, consistent social-justice movement that lives up to its own principles.”
I’ve said it so many times before… We see someone who is different from us for whatever reason, whatever we identify as “different” and we go on the attack. For some reason, we choose of our own free will to see someone who is “different from” and treat that person as “less than.”
It seems to be the most fundamental human dynamic. It seems to me to be the most basic thing that Jesus smashed to smithereens. “Love your neighbor as yourself,” Jesus tells us every single day. “Love your neighbor as God first love you,” Jesus tells us every single day.
When are we simply going to concentrate on learning what that means? When are we simply going to accept that no one is “less than” another? When are we simply going to accept that no one is “less than” me?
Jesus tells us over and over how we can learn this and change our lives and be better people. So have others: the prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures, the writers of the Christian Scriptures, the Greek and Latin Doctors of the Church, Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Sienna, Theresa of Avila, Evelyn Underhill, C. S. Lewis, I could go on and on and on and on and on and one.
Our teachers are out there. All we have to do is admit we need to learn from them.
Here’s a link to the article that provoked this piece.