If you attend religious services in the US that include anything like a sermon in the sermon and there was no mention of the mass shootings in the service or they were framed as anything other than what they were, you might want to consider why you attend there and whether you should continue to do so.
Her opening began with scenes of running. She moved from the well known line, "Run, Forrest! Run!" to a report of a parent or grandparent in El Paso telling a teen child over her cell phone to run. And that one of the worst things about today's shooting is that we have to use the qualifier 'today'. And closed by discussing how quickly the shooting in Ohio had followed.
I deeply appreciated the sermon at the Episcopal Church I've been attending centered the El Paso mass shooting in our state. Moreover, it was not framed as mental illness or somehow an isolated event, but as a problem of malice, anger, and hate. And the priest placed it in context. She noted it was the 250th mass shooting this year and the forces of malice building and directing that rage.
I am up to date on the Disability Visibility podcast!
Now time to dive into the Therapist Uncensored podcast.
I forget where I stumbled across, but I've been following this masterclass on healing from childhood trauma. I've found some of the discussions interesting and helpful. Some of the free versions have expired now, but I thought I would go ahead and share it anyway.
The videos of baby Depeche Mode in 1982 make me feel so old...
US Politics, Healthcare
All I can say, really, is "Yep." I believe the Medicare if you want it (and mandatory expanded Medicaid for all too poor to buy into an expanded Medicare) is the most politically expedient way to get to what will then inevitably eventually become most people using the public option.
Biden, especially, is showing he's nothing but GOP-lite in policy *and* approach.
race, white privilege
"I Wanted to Know What White Men Thought About Their Privilege, So I Asked"
This is an excellent article. I highly recommend it.
I'm really enjoying the Disability Visibility podcast hosted by Alice Wong. I'm catching up on past episodes (as I do) and the issues and perspectives raised are ones that aren't often heard on other platforms. https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/
And it's why they love Trump and will never abandon him en masse as long as he delivers on his efforts to make America white again and bring racism out of its curtained alcove. (Wizard of Oz is a better analogy since white supremacy has continued to wield all the levers of power even with a curtain partially in place.)
And that's not to say that members of the group don't deeply "feel" like they are anti-abortion (pro-forced birth) because they are concerned about the baby they imagine in their minds. It's a powerful group binder and controlling force because it evokes images and feelings related to babies people have held and loved. But it functions as a stand-in for the racism underlying white evangelicalism.
And became involved in a milder, suburban form of it, again from my perspective to try to ensure my family had connections to the community, for much of my adult life. I usually got overruled in family votes and discussions when I tried to shift us elsewhere, so I settled for discussing and taking apart the complete nonsense like YEC and open hate speech like that toward LGBTQIA+ people. That's probably why I had children who were never concerned about coming out to me.
I was intermittently connected to it, mostly as an effort to find group safety as an autistic teen with an unsafe family life, but I was never really shaped by it. I grew up exposed to a host of other Christian denominations and other religions (primarily Hinduism and Americanized flavors like TM, but touching many) and deep connections to science through family. So those changes had little impact on me, but I saw them in part from the inside.
Most of the science denial also became a way to create a barrier isolating members of the group from the broader social changes and maintain authoritarian power over them. All the battles over "the Bible" and other elements fundamentalism were rooted in that need for social isolation and control.
A reminder, I guess, that "white evangelicalism" in the US exists solely to support white supremacy and systemic racism. When it became slightly less socially acceptable to say so in the 70s, they adopted abortion as a socially acceptable public stand-in for what had been their unifying public racism. The racism didn't go away. It just had a new public marker.
The dog whistles were always blatant and institutional, systemic racism has been, quite literally, killing people and destroying both individuals and communities even after Jim Crow was technically outlawed. But yes, they aren't even trying to pretend any more now that the highest office is held by an open white nationalist and lifelong active racist.
c-ptsd, the mighty
But it also means in interpersonal conflict, one of the things I tend to do is try to "make myself small". Try not to draw attention toward me since it feels like it's likely to be negative.
Any time I don't understand what's happening or why there is a conflict is a terrifying situation for me. If I have no idea what's going on, the situation is out of control and I can't manage the outcome.
c-ptsd, the mighty
That defense is automatic and persists into adulthood. My youngest calls it my "cloak of invisibility" when she's seen it in play in large group settings.
It's assisted, of course, by the thin slice judgments people have toward me as an autistic person (confirmed by multiple studies). They are less likely to engage anyway. When I pull in and become unobtrusive, I hardly hit their conscious radar.
c-ptsd, the mighty
This quote is me. When you are a child in one chaotic, unpredictable situation after another but you also need the adults to survive, one thing you always evaluate are the times you need to be less visible.
"Because I hide. I’m a master at hiding. I learned how to hide as a small child when there were real monsters I had to hide from."
Husband, father, grandfather, Christian, programmer & general IT guy, celiac, autistic, he/him
This is an instance for folks who follow The Liturgists Podcast, The Alien & The Robot, and other things The Liturgists create.