Thursday, April 5, 2012

please consider signing my moveon.org petition about mark driscoll

So yesterday I helped create a moveon.org petition to request Mark Driscoll be uninvited from speaking at Liberty University on April 20. The petition is sponsored by Sophia's Voice, which is a group dedicated to helping spiritual abuse victims and to seeing Mark Driscoll's influence significantly decreased.  We are also interested in staying in the room with disagreement and having dialogue with those the church would deem outsiders. Here is our strategy (strategery): I met with social justice groups over the past week after news outlets have failed to pick up any of the spiritual abuse stories coming out of Mars Hill church. It's fucked up how Driscoll has a bestselling book on godly marriage while at the same time alarming stories from behind the scenes of his church have been coming out on sites like Jesus Needs New PR and Joyful Exiles. We've emailed major papers and news sites to ask them to spotlight the testimonies of insider experiences coming out of Mars Hill, andl the only one who would pick up the story was The Stranger. Not Christianity Today, not any of the Timeses type papers - no one.

So to raise curiosity about a problem (emotional and spiritual devastation coming out of Mars Hill church) that we have seen for years in our community and now spreading nationwide as Driscoll's fame and Acts 29 church network grows, we need to spark curiosity about what is happening behind the scenes. If demand is created then news outlets will cover these devastating stories of people who were once on the inner circle of Mars Hill church. Since Driscoll is a national bestseller and getting lots of media attention we decided to petition Liberty University to rescind their invite for Driscoll to speak on their campus on April 20th. We think that would get the conservatives and fundamentalists engaged as well. Once the truth is brought to light then healing can begin, as any survivor will tell you.

Here's the link petition. Do with it what you will. No pressure! I just wanted to tell you cause we need signatures. We want 5,000. We think that is the Lord's will. heh

Petition for Liberty University to disinvite Driscoll

xo
stephy

67 comments:

J. Byas said...

Well said!

As I teach my students this week about the prophets and their message toward the powerful politico-religious leaders of the day, this is an articulate contemporary application.

Dianna said...

Hey Stephy:

I appreciate the petition and all that (and totally agree that there needs to be a concentrated campaign to get Christian-focused publications [like CT] reporting on these issues), but, the text of the petition is problematic for me. I guess I could say that there's not enough meat there to really explain why Driscoll is a problematic figure, and it comes across as "Don't hire him because he talks about sex so much!"

His response to that sort of thing is (as I'm reluctant to agree) kind of right in that the church doesn't talk about sex enough. I think there needs to be some sort of statement explaining WHY his sexualization is problematic for the church body as a whole - that it's reductive, that it's an unhealthy focus, it stereotypes people and erases many others, etc. As it is, it just reads "TOO MUCH SEX BAD!"

I mean this criticism in the kindest of ways, as I support the overall mission of making people see that Driscoll is a dangerous personality. It's just that the petition comes across as the thing that's bad about him is that he talks about sex, not that he talks about sex and marriage in ways that are unhealthy and damaging, if that makes sense.

LKT said...

I just went to the link and it had been removed (apparently). Or is there another link?

stephy said...

I fixed the link, thanks. It was probably Satan thwarting God's mission.

Dianna, totally - you get our strategy, though? That after years of trying to raise awareness this is what we're arriving at?

Ian said...

You probably just need to do something better with your life than fighting against Driscoll....

Still Breathing said...

Ian, If nobody stands up against spiritual, sexual and emotional abuse it just goes on unchecked. Someone has to stand and fight and Stephy is doing that because she has seen the pain and damage Driscoll causes. How she does this on top of her life as a working mother and wife I'm not sure but it isn't her whole life.

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