Well, well, well its Friday once again and I do believe we have a really big show for you tonight. So away we go!
Our first item of the night is this new study that has found that women are “hard wired“ to find well meaning SEXIST men more attractive. (emphasis mine) And why is this so? Well according to the scientists who did the study women think that such men are more likely protect them, provide for them and commit to a relationship. So what is considered sexist according to the study? if they are chivalrous or think women need a man to protect them. So think about this. If you’ve been taught to say open the door for a lady, stand when a woman enters a room, remove your hat when speaking to a lady., in times of danger protect the women before yourself. All this is a form of benevolent sexism. Or manners as taught by your grandfather and grandmother, or in my case father and mother if you were fortunate to have this happen to you. (if you were raised in the south manners are part of the culture and this is the norm.) But wait there is more it seems that even women who consider themselves strong feminists showed the same preferences in the study by British and US researchers. That must really grind their gears. <source>
So have you ever seen this skit:
If you have you’ll recognize it as one of the classic Monty Python sketches. Many is the time that I laughed myself silly over such skits. Well according the head of comedy at the BBC, Shane Allen, Monty Python wouldn’t get on the BBC because:
If you’re going to assemble a team now it’s not going to be six Oxbridge white blokes,” Allen said in June. “It’s going to be a diverse range of people who reflect the modern world.”
Terry Gilliam a member of the troupe and an American said in response to the claim that Monty Python was too white said:
I no longer want to be a white male, I don’t want to be blamed for everything wrong in the world: I tell the world now I’m a black lesbian. … My name is Loretta and I’m a BLT, a black lesbian in transition.”
“[Allen’s] statement made me so angry, all of us so angry,” he said. “Comedy is not assembled, it’s not like putting together a boy band where you put together one of this, one of that everyone is represented.”<source>
Now let’s go to the Pacific Northwest
Ah Seattle really you can’t find a more liberal city unless you’re on the east coast or in California. Well seems that Seattle to protect the environment has placed a ban on plastic straws. That means all the fast food restaurants and other restaurants have to go to either a paper of a paper/plastic composite straw. Or you have a note from a doctor that states you must use a plastic drinking straw. And if you don’t have that note, well that is a $250 fine. <source>
And last but not least this:
The blurb below says this:
No one is born white. But while there is no biological basis for a white race, whiteness is real. What’s more, whiteness as a way of being in the world has been parasitically joined to Christianity, and this is the ground of many of our problems today. It is time to redouble the efforts of the church and its institutions to muster well-informed, gospel-based initiatives to fight racialized injustice and overcome the heresy of whiteness.
Written by a world-class roster of scholars, Can “White” People Be Saved? develops language to describe the current realities of race and racism. It challenges evangelical Christianity in particular to think more critically and constructively about race, ethnicity, migration, and mission in relation to white supremacy.
Historical and contemporary perspectives from Africa and the African diaspora prompt fresh theological and missiological questions about place and identity. Native American and Latinx experiences of colonialism, migration, and hybridity inspire theologies and practices of shalom. And Asian and Asian American experiences of ethnicity and class generate transnational resources for responding to the challenge of systemic injustice. With their call for practical resistance to the Western whiteness project, the perspectives in this volume can revitalize a vision of racial justice and peace in the body of Christ.<source>
And let me remind you of this:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 (emphasis mine)