The Trouble with Social Justice

R Miller wrote this interesting blog post called The Trouble of Social Justice. They don’t allow comments but I found it really interesting none-the-less so I’ve decided to reblog it and post my comments here: Here is my take on R Miller’s thoughtful post:
Even though my personal feeling about “social justice” is literally the complete opposite, I agree with you on much of this. To me the term “social justice” is full of promise and nobility. It’s about coming together to support a revolution that will elevate us all so that we may be better both individually and as a society.

In this case specifically, I don’t know that Christians are really the oppressor. Last week’s stat was that 75% of Christians opposed this RFRA bill as it was written. I do agree that the media’s coverage of the pizza fiasco has warped it into this ugly us against them thing. The more time that passes, the more it is dividing into a Christian vs. LGTB story in the news. This initially was not the case.

Your last paragraph summed it up beautifully though. The people involved (both sides) of the pizza incident were not acting out of love for the betterment of society. They were acting out of fear and anger. Russel Brand just released a great video about it and he summed it up beautifully at the end. He said essentially, when you are in the throws of a social justice movement and you see that your oppressor is frail and acting out of weakness, it is then time to act with compassion and help them to a place of love and tolerance. Of course, he went on to say how difficult that must be when you have been oppressed and are angry. To better our community we must all be reminded to act kindly and justly. In this case, the LGBT supporters that caused harm to the pizzeria need to be reminded that their anger, though understood, should not transform into retaliation.

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2 responses to “The Trouble with Social Justice

  1. Thank you for the reblog and follow. I do not allow comments because the quality of drive by commenters is very low. It takes more effort to reblog and/or respond on one’s own blog, and I’m happy to have dialog in that way. Plus, it gives visibility to both parties.

    I appreciated your comments and the fact that people as ideologically opposed as you and I can appreciate each others’ point of view and respond civilly. I do have to take exception to one thing though: you are correct that the whole pizza circus didn’t start out as Christians vs. LGBT. It was originally just a little pizza shop minding its own business, never having turned anyone away or turning down a catering opportunity, because they didn’t cater. They were a, dare I say, “victim” of gotcha journalism by a TV station in South Bend, who warped it around to say exactly what they wanted to and then made sure it got spread far and wide. I would have far more sympathy for the reaction that was engendered if they’d even done the slightest little thing to deserve it, but all they did was answer a hypothetical question. Once that news report was filed and broadcasted, that is exactly when it became about Christians vs. LGBT. The news report hit-job made absolutely sure of that.

    This is why I stated that there was no concern for the facts – if people had stepped back and thought about whose agenda was really being served, they would have realized that the pizza shop is actually quite sympathetic, that they were set up, and that engaging in the kind of behavior that they did against people who actually, literally, didn’t do anything, might harm their cause more than it helped. But they didn’t, because it was no longer about a pizza place. It was about anger, it was about retribution, it was about making them pay for opening their mouths.

    I will take a look at the video you posted. It sounds as if Russell Brand is being a voice of reason, and those are in short supply these days. Look forward to continued interaction and be well.

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