In a Thursday op-ed published by Washington Post, a Southern Baptist pastor argued that potentially overturning Roe v. Wade, the controversial Supreme Court case on abortion, was not worth compromising with President Donald J. Trump.
“During the general election and the early days of the Trump presidency, when hand-wringing was still viewed as public penance for having used that hand to vote for then-candidate Donald Trump, many evangelical Christians explained that their vote was not a vote for Trump as such but was the best option they had in light of the potential for appointing pro-life Supreme Court justices in the hope of overturning Roe v. Wade,” wrote Thabiti Anyabwile, Pastor at First Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C. “If one cares about protecting the lives of unborn children aborted by the hundreds of thousands each year, one can understand the logic.”
The piece was published after news surfaced of the upcoming retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, creating a vacancy on the Supreme Court which Trump will fill.
But forget the hundreds of thousands of infants murdered each year, the Pastor argues. According to Anyabwile, Trump is a racist, and that is far worse.
“In sheer numbers, more lives are ended by legalized abortion,” Anyabwile wrote. “Christians are correct to focus energy and concern on ending the practice. But in quieter, sometimes less observable ways, the carnage mounts in racial injustice and discrimination. The potential nomination of a potential pro-life judge does not, in my opinion, alleviate the concerns I have about the racial injustices this same administration seems to multiply each day.”
Anyabwile’s justification for labeling Trump a racist?
He is upset that America has not reached a solution for so-called “dreamers.” Trump offered an amnesty compromise for 1.8 million “dreamers” in January, which Anyabwile conveniently failed to mention. He also disapproves with Trump’s travel ban from predominantly-Muslim countries, which the pastor calls “at odds with Christian views of religious freedom.” Anyabwile also feels that the Trump administration’s enforcement of drug laws – which is not significantly different from the way Democrat President William J. Clinton handled drug offenders – is too harsh, and disproportionately affect minorities.
Perhaps Anyabwile is completely justified in his contempt for the aforementioned policies. But consider the moral equivalency he is making.
“It’s a deeply ironic article,” popular blogger and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary student Tim Dukeman told Big League Politics. “It takes a crazy person to say ‘I disagree with the travel ban and dreamer policy and those issues are significantly similar to the 63 million humans slaughtered by Democrats.’ That needs to be said.”
Dukeman describes Anyabwile as a very well-known figure in the Southern Baptist movement and a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton who publicly endorsed the failed presidential candidate. According to Dukeman, Anyabwile is not actually pro-life, only gives pro-life lip service for its political expedience within the church.
“I don’t care what [Anyabwile] says,” Dukeman said. “His actions are different from his words. He is no way meaningfully pro-life.”
YOUR NEW MASTER: Twitter’s Head of Conversational Safety, a “Young, Queer Asian-American Businesswoman,” is “Rethinking” the Concept of User Safety
Do you trust someone like her to make Twitter “a safer place”?
The media company Protocol, a sister site of Politico, recently published an article about Twitter’s new “head of product for conversational safety,” Christine Su. It claims that Su, a “young, queer Asian-American businesswoman,” is revolutionizing what “user safety” on social media means.
Twitter hired Su around six months ago to be in charge of “what might be the most difficult task on Twitter,” despite having no apparent experience in politics, programming, and media relations. But Twitter seems to like her for her “creative” and “somewhat radical new ideas” about user safety.
“As a queer woman of color who is an Asian American in tech in rural America, that experience is a very intersectional one. I’ve had plenty of experiences moving through spaces where I wanted more safety,” Su said.
Protocol writes that Su’s vision incorporates “transformative and procedural justice.” Transformative justice ostensibly refers to a non-retributive form of repairing harm done to someone and preventing it from happening again; procedural justice to enacting a set of rules that “make harm rarer in the first place.”
This all sounds nice and dandy—but beware. So-called transformative and procedural justice will not benefit you, but will crush you. Anything that’s perceived as “harmful” against “women and people from marginalized groups” can and will be used to censor you. Christine Su may reassuringly claim that “the point is not to make the entire world a safe space,” but she’s open about the fact that she will help give the Coalition of the Fringes more control over what people are allowed to do and say on Twitter.
Examples from the article:
- Creating an audio hangout feature called “Spaces,” which will allow users to determine who is allowed to participate, as well as who can speak and when. (Note that it’s being tested on “women and marginalized groups of people” first.)
- Potentially doubling down on functions that “encourage people to read content before reposting it.” (Which is exclusively done to censor or limit the reach of conservative and other right-wing content.)
- Building tools that “create private pathways for apologies, forgiveness and deescalation.” (The finer details are still a work in progress according to Su.)
- Defining what a “meaningful conversation” is. (Would people like Su think that anything right-wingers say or believe belongs in a “meaningful conversation”? Let’s just say I wouldn’t bet money on it…)
You know full well that a company like Facebook would shortly follow suit. After all, it’s not just Twitter that Su is “revolutionizing,” but the concept of social media itself. Figure out where all this is heading.
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