Christian Fundies, Child Abuse, and More LiveJournal Scandal. Huzzah.
This first post discusses religiously motivated child abuse/neglect being promoted in communities on LiveJournal. Keep in mind, these are real children suffering and dying here, i.e. not might-be-fifteen-might-be-eighteen-but-certainly-fictional Harry Potter doing the naughty with certainly-fictional Professor Snape in a certainly-fictional drawing.
This second post discusses the response of LJ Abuse when the activities of these communities were called to their attention.
And ... this final post is furthermore interesting because of the connection made between "judgment calls" LJ Abuse is expected to make when investigating obscenity complaints versus situations involving illegal activity and abuse.
Some of the posts linked are pretty long, and it's also terribly easy to get sucked into the link labyrinth that is dark_christian (as I do on pretty much a daily basis upon coming home from work), so I don't blame those of you who don't want to read all that I've linked above but remain interested in the matter nonetheless. And the bottom line is pretty straightforward.
Communities that encourage religion-based childrearing practices that include starving and beating newborn babies, infants, and toddlers are acceptable. The practices that are being advocated have led to the deaths of real children, i.e. children who exist in flesh and bone, not just paper and pixels, as well as severe injury, anxiety, starvation, dehydration, and failure to thrive in children subjected to these practices.
But communities or journals that show fictional characters doing "obscene" things to other fictional characters are unacceptable.
Real kids ... fictional kids. Whom do we value more? Hmmm ...
And furthermore, it's interesting to consider that much of the Strikethrough hullabaloo on LJ has been spurred by Christian fundamentalist groups aiming to cleanse the Internet of what they feel is obscene "in the defense of children," even when no children are actually harmed.
But yet these child-abuse communities that are run by Christian fundamentalists and do lead to the harm of real children are okay.
The pie-eyed optimist in me says that LJ was simply blindsided during the recent Strikethrough/Boldthrough mess and are still disorganized about how things should be handled and made some mistakes, but all will be well in the end. The more discerning optimist in me thinks that it's all corporate/money-related. The pessimist/conspiracy theorist/radical/militant agnostic in me notes that two themes common to daily life in the One Nation under God are also present here: 1) sex is always worse than violence and is the true cause of all that is wrong in the world and 2) we can't possibly stand up against something that's Christian because this might insult their beliefs and we can't be doing that. (And for the record, I have no problem with Christians who practice their faith quietly and without constantly needing to bury their pointy elbows in my agnostic side. You can believe in whatever you want to believe in; I have some pretty wonky ideas too and appreciate my right to hold onto them within my own private sphere. I have a problem with fundamentalists who think that the United States is a Christian nation and that those of us who don't believe in what they believe in are "un-American" and deserving of punishment, loss of rights, and death because of it.)
Anyway. I have a novella to finish. I need badly to escape back to Fantasyland ... dark_christian is a great comm, highly enlightening (and highly recommended to those on my flist who are into such things), but it's also depressing as hell.
Back to lurkdom.