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On #NotAllChristians

elielcruz2Eliel Cruz   President, Intercollegiate Adventist Gay-Straight Alliance Coalition; student, Andrews University
Posted: 06/05/2014 11:41 pm EDT Updated: 06/05/2014 11:59 pm EDT | huffpost religion

Communities of privilege tend to respond to those they oppress defensively. This has been seen recently in the discussions about misogyny after the shootings in Santa Barbara. The hashtag #YesAllWomen went viral, showcasing millions of testimonies from women all around the world about the struggles they face in their respective countries' patriarchal cultures. But as quickly as #YesAllWomen came about, countless men responded defensively with the hashtag #NotAllMen.

This defensive response is seriously flawed and misses the point. The #YesAllWomen hashtag was not meant to say that all men are sexist but that the vast majority of women face specific aggressions because of their gender -- and that it's a systemic epidemic.

The defensive responses, most of which were incredibly condescending, are all too familiar to me as a bisexual man of the Christian faith. There hasn't been a time that I've written a piece about the religious homophobia that's also a systemic epidemic in our faith that a Christian hasn't said #NotAllChristians. The same has happened to many LGBT individuals in the church. Read more...

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