Statement on Social Justice
Just because I don't want to discuss this on the Victim Culture thread, particularly as Russ has said only a small part is applicable to the thread he started, and I do want to discuss this, I'm being a pain and splitting this out as a separate issue.
Interestingly, I came to the ship this evening to see if anyone had posted a thread on the Statement on Social Justice (and whether it was in Purg or Dead Horses)*. I've not found a thread on it, but it strikes me that this one comes from a similar place to the authors of that statement which includes in Denial 12:While we are to weep with those who weep, we deny that a person’s feelings of offense or oppression necessarily prove that someone else is guilty of sinful behaviors, oppression, or prejudice.
The thing which struck me about the statement was that there were so many assumptions behind it which need to be unpicked further for a meaningful conversation to occur. The statement does some of that, but because it is framed as this is only way to see the Gospel, the debate cannot be had equally.
I am also reminded of a series of Lenny Henry sketches from the 90s, where his character is turned down for something and then asks "is it 'cos I am black?" and so he is included even though it is patently obvious that he is unsuitable for some other reason - the one I most clearly remember is about auditioning babies to advertise something. But Lenny Henry could send it up because he himself is black and it doesn't mean that there isn't a real problem to be tackled.
*As some of the affirmations/denials are on Dead horses but others are not.