Letter to the Editor: Response to “Queers in the Kingdom.” Christians should show love like Christ did

Dear Editor, Last Thursday, I attended a Q&A session with Markie Hancock, the director of “Queers in the Kingdom.” Hancock, who attended an evangelical Christian college and is lesbian, shared how she’s no longer close with her friend from college who is Christian and doesn’t approve of her getting married. When asked if she would accept the love of someone who didn’t agree with her lifestyle, Hancock responded that she wouldn’t consider that love. She explained that she just can’t be friends with someone who won’t fully accept her.

I hope Hancock can put herself in the shoes of Christians (as painful as that may be) and try to understand the type of love they’re attempting to live out. For Christians, love is what Christ did. As the apostle Paul explained, “… God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The point is not that gay and lesbian people are sinners; the point is that a sinless God chose to love people he fundamentally disagreed with.

Christians don’t claim to be sinless like Christ. They do claim the responsibility to love like Christ. I’m not suggesting it should be easy for Hancock to get all buddy-buddy with her Christian friend who doesn’t support her being lesbian. I do hope that Hancock will consider accepting her friend’s love, realizing that it’s based on something far stronger than their most divisive disagreement.

Sincerely,

Micah Allred

mallred17@my.whitworth.edu

Letter to the Editor: Men should take an active role in domestic violence prevention

Domestic violence presents a call-to-action for all good men to righteously oppose it. For the cause of safer communities, healthier relationships and better lives let us encourage all men to improve their healthcare and conflict resolution skills to become a new generation of healthy community curators. A man who treats himself kindly will be better equipped to manage the many conflicts of his life. Failure for men to connect to his community, in a meaningful and healthy way, results in a string of unpleasant emotions. An unhappy, restless and underutilized man becomes a community problem when his private self-destructive behaviors seep into the domestic sphere. This is not just about rape, assault, abuse, ignorance and rage, but preventing violence by working on how men manage their personal health.

Self-care skills alone cannot stop domestic violence. It requires a penetration into the vernacular of masculinity so that words of anti-violence become more pervasive than words of violence. #DickLossPrevention is a satirical online forum to act in fierce opposition to reckless male behavior. By satirizing the crude language of a macho philosophy we can steal back the power of intimidating, guttural and ferocious language that is used to enforce violence.

As the school year begins it is important to remind all students to be mindful of their mental and physical health. There are numerous health resources in your area. Schools and universities are simply one of the best places to find your personal power and your voice. Use it. Stop domestic violence.

Ryan Levis

ryan.levis.theatre@gmail.com

Letter to the Editor: More diversity needed in Core 350

Whitworth Community,

Last semester, I studied in the Czech Republic, where I was provided with literature by a variety of authors, with different backgrounds and perspectives. I felt as though my knowledge of other cultures, worldviews and opinions grew tremendously as I was forced to read from a perspective I had not considered before, or defend my views against an opinion I had not faced before.

As I head back to Whitworth for my final year, I am faced once again with learning from a single, biased perspective. This surfaced after receiving my Core 350 reading packet. I flipped through it and realized that not one passage was written by a woman. It is primarily written by white Christian men (who I assume to be straight and cisgender). For me, a bisexual white woman, to feel frustration and exhaustion about this, must be nothing compared to students who are, for example, hispanic, black, atheist, transgender or gay, and are learning from professors and authors who are nothing like them. This problem is not isolated to Core 350; it is just one of the many Whitworth courses that lack diversity.

I ask that professors be thoughtful when deciding what literature to use, and be proactive in assuring that Whitworth provides students with a well-rounded, its diverse and challenging education. This can only occur if perspectives of all kinds are examined, leading students to form a worldview that comes from critical thinking, rather than acceptance of a “norm.”

Sincerely,

Megan Hinzdel