For those unfamiliar with the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses, they believe that god will soon unleash his wrath at Armageddon and kill everyone who is not part of their religion. After that, according to their beliefs, the earth will eventually become a paradise while those Jehovah’s Witnesses, along with anyone god sees fit to resurrect from the dead, will then be granted eternal life. As … Continue reading Human Perfection Is Not Only Unattainable, It’s Nonexistent
Humans need heroes. Men and women alike want heroes in their life; if you don’t believe me, think of how many books, movies, graphic novels, and other stories revolve around heroes, including the strong soldier, the knight in shining armor, or the rogue loner out fighting crime alone. Humans have even invented the concept of “superheroes,” or characters that are stronger, faster, braver, and a … Continue reading Why We Put Up Monuments, And Why We Tear Them Down
Many supposed experts on the subject of sexual assault talk about what a woman can do to make herself less of a target for rape, including always parking under a streetlight, not leaving a drink unattended or wearing headphones while jogging, and so on.* Protecting yourself from a potential assault is all well and good, but there are two problems with telling women what to … Continue reading But I Don’t Want Other Women to Be Raped Either
The subjects of consent and sexual assault hit close to home for me, not just as a woman, but because of having been raised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. In that religion, women who are victims of sexual assault are required to literally scream during an attack, or they would be viewed as having consented to the violation: To understand why this directive from Jehovah’s … Continue reading When You Make the Decision for Her, It’s Not Consent. It’s Justification.
You would need to be living under a rock these days to not know the name Colin Kaepernick. The former NFL quarterback made headlines some years back when he began getting down on one knee during the pregame national anthem, as a protest against racial injustice and police brutality in the United States. Kaepernick is not wrong to think that racial inequality and prejudice are … Continue reading Why I, as a Former Jehovah’s Witness, Kneel With Colin