I began a series on my blog, Christian School Confidential (now trying to be extinct), called ‘Survivor Wars’. It discussed controversies within the survivor community that no one wants to talk about, yet need to be addressed. The primary reason no one addresses the controversial issues is because of fear that division within the ranks will not only embolden fundamentalists who prefer to silence critics, but also make it impossible for us to have victories unless we are all united.
This idea was proven false recently when the Lighthouse of North Florida closed its doors. The primary reason the Lighthouse shut down was because of an expose in the Tampa Bay Times. This expose would not have been possible were it not for many factors: the internet, message boards, Facebook, YouTube videos.
Fundamentalist prejudice against new technology gave victims a head start. Virtual and legitimate non-profit groups organically began to form. A brief wave of CNN, Mother Jones, and ABC coverage coincided and the survivor wars began!
Actually, that’s not true! There were always skirmishes with territorial ex-fundamentalists, but it became more public. Survivors claimed others promised to tell journalists their stories, only to later learn that was not the case. The latest election brought in the predictable attack dogs of abortion and gun control. And yet, in spite of the anger some might have against another, the Lighthouse still closed. Oblivious to any controversy going on in survivor land!
Do you think survivors were holding hands, jumping rope and skipping through the daisy fields before the Tampa Bay Times expose? Not by a long shot! There were skirmishes, Facebook blockings, hissy fits, and, sometimes, actual reasons to be concerned over people’s well being.
The moral of the story? Every movement has their internal battles, but there are some issues that are so black and white, so good vs evil, that it does boggle the mind that slavery, racial separatism, restricting voting rights to only white men, were vigorously defended by men we still call ‘good’.
Nevertheless, as long as the issue is loudly addressed by many people (of contradictory views) the rightness of a cause can triumph even over the petty skirmishes of its advocates. Even when you have a Malcolm X vs a Martin Luther King, the rightness of a cause can still dominate.