I needed something for thoughts that are too long for Twitter or Facebook, but don't comprise a full blog post. Fortunately, that's what Tumblr is for.
yo i know this is pretty hipster and all but
i hated mark driscoll before it was cool
i used to post stuff on facebook like years ago about how there’s this ridiculous sexist hateful church megastar that maybe we should be paying attention to but nobody gave a fuck, the WBC was a much nicer strawman of a target
I even tried starting a letter writing campaign after he yelled GOD HATES YOU from the pulpit and everyone I wrote to was like “eehhh yeah we’d rather not get involved”
and so no one turned a critical lens on this fucker for years and so his awfulness was allowed to metastasize unchallenged while people like me were trying to navigate this mess of contemporary christianity without any support from secular feminists or other allies because everyone was too busy yelling about the WBC which has never had a fraction of the cultural capital driscoll has
and now all of a sudden my facebook feed and tumblr dash are blowing up with this “penis homes” scandal and I’m like, welp
saw that coming
we just gave him a few more years of massive public influence in the church before we got around to shouting him off the stage and he sure took advantage of that time to preach the gospel of misogyny, thanks guys for ignoring this problem long enough for him to significantly influence a culture that directly affects my life and indirectly affects yours
good job everybody
Yes to everything above. I also want to add my own thoughts, about how the whole “penis homes” thing is so annoying, because while it makes great headlines, he wrote that shit under a psuedonym on some sketch forums 13 years ago. Which isn’t to release him from any responsibility for it, because it doesn’t. He was and still is an unrepentant asshat.
But the problem with splashing the “penis homes” thing all over the place is twofold. Firstly, there are so many more pertinent, recent, and suitably terrible things that he should be (and was, before this whole penis homes thing) being excoriated about, but now it’s all “churches closing because he said penis homes”.
Which brings me to the second problem: penis homes are not why the churches are closing. They are closing because of an ongoing decline in donations, which started long before the penis homes thing blew up, and has many possible causes, none of which are these forum posts from over a decade ago. Some likely actual causes, all of which are recent, directly relevant, and more than deplorable enough:
There are a lot of reasons that Driscoll should have been removed from his position long ago, and those reasons have only grown over time. And now I see headlines everywhere such as Salon’s Evangelical megachurch begins closing branches after pastor calls women “penis homes”. While technically correct - the branches are closing after he mentioned the penis homes - it’s 13 years after. This focus on penis homes is absurd, and goes for the snappy headline, ignoring the fact that he continues to act deplorably and abusively, not to mention espouse an absolutely appalling theology.
But hey, at the end of the day, poor coverage aside, at least his influence is shrinking. I can only hope that either Driscoll realizes his time is up, or the leadership somehow gathers the resolve and wherewithall manages to oust him, and the cancer of Driscoll can be removed from Mars Hill so that (hopefully) healing can begin.
This is a thoughtful thing to do for people who might be expecting bad or serious news. My family got in the habit when Grannybarb was really sick, and every time my phone rang I was terrified that it was a Serious Call.
So when we just wanted to chat, my mom and sisters and would text the other person ahead of time, so we knew that it wasn’t serious and we didn’t have to drop everything to take it/steel ourselves emotionally/get to a place where we could flip out if need be.