The Church of Social Justice

August 7, 2017

Frances Lee, a Seattle based genderqueer scholar and artist, begins their post on Autostraddle with these words:

“There is a particularly aggressive strand of social justice activism weaving in and out of my Seattle community that has troubled me, silenced my loved ones, and turned away potential allies.”

They go on to compare the exclusivism and demands for dogmatic adherence of some social justice activists to that found in certain types of religious communities.  Later in the piece:

“Telling people what to do and how to live out their lives is endemic to religious and to dogmatic activism. It’s not that my comrades are the bosses of me, but that dogmatic activism creates an environment that encourages people to tell other people what to do.”

Read “Excommunicate Me from the Church of Social Justice” on the Autostraddle website.

Recommended.  Thanks to Mihee Kim-Kort for bringing it to our attention via Twitter.


Marg Herder
Marg Herder is the Director of Public Information for EEWC-CFT, a Christian feminist organization working for gender (and LGBTQIA) justice in Christianity since 1974. She is the content manager and developer of the organization’s website, Christian Feminism Today. Marg identifies as a trans* lesbian writer, musician, and feminist spiritual seeker. She works to draws attention to the ongoing violence directed at women and LGBTQIA people in this “Christian” society, the desperate need for an understanding of God that includes the Divine Feminine, and Christ/Sophia’s desire that each of us move deeper into our own practice of non-violence.


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