Dale Partridge has adopted or fostered approximately zero children as far as I’m aware so… faith without works is dead, brother. Funny how Christians who do nothing are the loudest online about everything Christians supposedly do.
Tweeting this does nothing to change the reality that there are indeed many unwanted children today in the foster care system and Dale is doing nothing to change this fact. It’s the equivalent of the man with leprosy approaching Jesus and being like, “Lord, if you’re willing please heal me….” And Jesus being like “yeah, I came here to heal you,” and then walking away.
My main issue though is this basically applauds Christians for doing the upmost bare minimum. James said “religion that is pure and undefiled before God is this: to take care of widow and orphans.” So like the base minimum for being a decent religious person (not even Christian) is to care about orphaned children. That’s literally the absolute bare minimum, which is funny as most modern, Evangelical Christians care about neither orphans nor widows – just look at how underfunded and corrupt our foster care system is and then look at what the majority of conservative, “Christian” politicians and pundits build their platforms on. It ain’t children or widows.
Advocating that Christians do something that should be a no-brainer is why American Christianity is dying and why the secular world laughs in our faces whenever Christians try to hold some moral high-ground over various issues.
Unfortunately, Dale is exactly like most American Christians, more concerned with getting likes and retweets online than doing anything useful, let alone doing anything Jesus would actually do. Patting yourself on the back for doing the bare minimum isn’t the flex he thinks it is. It should be a given that Christians were and are at the forefront of hospitals, adoptions, women’s shelters, etc. (if his stat is even true) not something to brag about. In fact, the Bible even tells us that our giving should be done in secret which makes this tweet doubly in poor taste.
A proper response would be that yes, the church could and should do more for expectant mothers. We could be advocating for 6 months minimum of paid maternity leave so that new mothers can bond with their children and not have to worry about losing their jobs, we could be advocating for better healthcare so new mothers don’t go bankrupt having kids, we could be advocating for better sex education and better access to birth control to limit the amount of unwanted pregnancies, and Dale could put his money where his mouth is and foster or adopt a child to prove he isn’t full of air.
But of course, that would mean actually following the Bible on which his faith is built upon and not just tweeting hot takes.
The Netflix Show so S1 only. Haven’t read the manga and haven’t blogged in a hot minute… anyways.
All characters start with 10 points that get deducted for reasons based 100% on my personal, garbage opinions.
Their removal would affect the plot
They undergo some change/character development, good or bad
We see different sides of their personality
They have a plot of their own that doesn’t revolve entirely around a male character. OR
They are well-developed within the confines of the role they are written to play
They don’t toss away every traditionally feminine trait in an attempt to be a strong, independent womyn
*Major Spoilers Ahead*
she’s the one with the long hair, on the left, in the background
bffs with Asahi
Momoka’s suicide over (I guess) feeling guilty at having caused the deaths of countless others by helping set up the games (or maybe she knew she was the witch and just offed herself??), inadvertently causes like 5487543094 more deaths when she triggers the 10 Hearts Witch Hunt Game at the Beach.
What an absolute queen of chaotic evil.
Momoka Rating: 7.5/10
she’s the one with the short hair in the front
smartly recorded evidence though it was lowkey all for naught
*red laser of death*
bffs with Momoka
also a dealer
Asahi wisely recorded evidence of the dealers secret headquarters, which later got moved and all the dealers were killed so… Anyway, to date I’m not sure if she was faking not knowing who the witch was, or if she was in on it with Momoka, or what was up with that situation. Either way, she’s dead having sacrificed herself as a distraction so plot amour could keep Arisu alive for another episode.
Asahi Rating: 7/10
looks harmless but actually can lead to death
responsible for the first on-screen demise
general queen behavior
Live Door Rating: 10/10
Queen of Hearts
absolutely unhinged speech
black outfit is on point
actually the game master
one of the HBICs of the beach
It was obvious something was up with Mira because during the witch hunt all the other top executives were seen at the start except her.
As of S1, her reasoning for torturing people via games in a bizarre, alternative Tokyo is still unclear but my guess is she’s either actually unhinged, straight-up evil, or doing some weird analysis of human behavior, which I can respect. Real queens don’t care about death, especially when it’s not your own and it’s for science.
Long live the queen.
Mira Rating: 9.1/10
Dealer With the Collar
tag, you’re it
dies via neck explosion
Horse Head Lady aka Dealer with the Collar haunts Arisu long after she’s dead, and she also illuminates the fact that players are made to participate in the games in more ways than one.
Dealer With the Collar Rating: 10/10
Girl Who Dies In The Water
she’s the one in the flower shirt
Girl Who’s Electrocuted To Death’s Rating: -01/10
sunglasses indoors during a water game
one of the HBICs of the Beach
seemingly the only person actually trying to solve the witch hunt game
outfit on point
lipstick on point
extremely smart and level-headed
being a genius herself, she could obviously sense Arisu’s genius as well, hence testing him in the water game (while wearing sunglasses)
Ann was like the only person who seemed to actually be trying to figure out who the witch was and, thanks to her smarts and Arisu’s guessing skills, they were able to confirm it was indeed Momoka who killed herself, making her the witch.
Ann’s Rating: 9.5/10
hair, make-up, outfit, etc. is really on point for having been playing death games for like a week
she’s wearing heels!
slept her way to the top in the real world, only to end up in the back rooms borderlands
really wants to survive
wisely tries to pit Chota against his homeboys but fails
Let’s be honest, we all would’ve done what she did during the wolf game. Girly was ROBBED at her chance at life because of Arisu’s bozo friends. Her writing (which apparently differs from the manga) wasn’t that great either, especially that squicky scene with her and disabled, ill, virgin Chota who can barely walk. Like flip the genders and that wouldn’t have even made it to TV in woke Hollywood.
I would normally hate her for running away once she became the wolf, because it’s possible Arisu would’ve thought of a way to save them all, but we all know the plot wouldn’t have let that happen as it was obvious they were all gonna all die as soon as Chota got injured.
Saori’s Rating: 6.5/10
beat up cringe sword master dude without a weapon and in a bikini whilst mercenaries are running around and the building is on fire
was taking care of her sick mother before being phased into the borderlands
always with what’s-his-face-blonde-hair
represents the caterpillar
helps steal the playing cards from the safe
The writers really had me thinking that backstory with the martial arts was cringe sword dude. It was actually Kuina, who is a straight thug and learned how to deal a final blow from her garbage dad. Not sure why she’s hanging out with skeevy blonde dude who’s name I can’t remember but I’m gonna be mad if she’s dies in Season 2.
Kuina Rating: 9.5/10
really good at climbing
only reason Arisu is alive x2
represents the white rabbit
excellent survival skills (can hunt, start a fire, set up a camp)
in incredible shape
tragic backstory: father committed suicide after being accused of lying about a hike
Usagi was the daughter of a famous mountain climber who often took her along, hence where she got her awesome, climbing abilities from.
Anyway, I will always love the fact that she not only bit Niragi’s tongue, but also ignored Arisu the first time she saw him wallowing on the ground and left him there to die until pity-saving him later. While I lowkey ship her with Arisu, I’m glad she wasn’t just sidelined as his love interest as soon as she was introduced.
Usagi Rating: 9.5/10
Girl Who Died During Doors Game
chose the obviously wrong door
dies just to show the main characters and audience that these games are dead serious. Literally
On today’s episode of Useless Things Christians Say to Win Likes and RetweetsFrom Strangers Online: Samantha D. is this close to saying children should be abducted from their mothers over their political views. Abducted and placed in our already overburdened, messed up, and underfunded foster care system, I presume? I’m guessing pro-choice fathers simply don’t exist in her world, since she specified only mothers.
I decided to do some incredibly lazy, probably very incorrect research to determine how many children this could be, because what she said was so stupid I’m actually struggling to believe she thought of this, typed it out, and posted it. Online. For others to read. But not ironically.
According to pew research center, 59% of Americans support abortion. So let’s say 50% of women, and therefore 50% of mothers, are pro-choice (this doesn’t count the fact some may only be pro-choice in certain instances, not generally i.e. the mother’s life is in danger, the mother is a child herself, or the pregnancy is a result of rape/incest). According to the census, in 2009 there were around 85 million mothers. That number has no doubt increased as it’s 2022 but whatever. Halving that leaves us with like 42.5 million mothers who are pro-choicein America alone. The average household has 2.5 kids, so let’s just assume all 42.5 million mothers had 2 kids. Sam here is advocating for the government to kidnap some 85 million kids from their homes because of their mother’s views. Mind you, she’s not even advocating that mothers who’ve had abortions have their children taken away from them, but merely those who are pro-choice.
I don’t know about ya’ll, but kidnapping children from their mothers over their political views is what sounds psychotic to me. Unless she plans on adopting all of these kids, which is still psychotic but if so, I’ll gladly start a GoFundMe for her so she can feed these 80 million children.
The abortion debate leaves no room for dialogue that could lead to any sort of meaningful changes in regards to what both sides want. Generally, if someone sincerely believes a fetus is not alive, there’s no point in trying to convince them otherwise. Taking into consideration the treatment of women throughout history, of course those whom are pro-life seem awful, cruel, and oppressive, wanting to strip women of their autonomy, voice, and ability exist in society as something other than “Earthen vessels”, which is dehumanizing. On the flip side, if one sincerely believes an unborn child is a living being that can feel and is aware of what’s happening to it, those whom are pro-choice seem awful, reckless, and murderous, killing innocent children merely because they view them as an inconvenience. Consequently, neither side can ever have any meaningful conversation about how to prevent women from getting pregnant, or how we can support women who do end up with unwanted pregnancies, because they view the world through entirely different lenses. When your worldview vastly contradicts someone else’s, there’s no way to agree to disagree, and there is no middle ground, because the other side will only be content if they get the opposite of what you want.
Which brings me to my problem with Christians. Certainly there are Christian groups who focus on aiding mothers, but the majority of Christians treat being pro-life as the most important moral issue in the entire Bible, while simultaneously putting forth the bare minimum effort in actually resolving the issue. Evangelicals generally are the loudest and most outraged about everything without lifting a finger to resolve a single thing they’re mad about. They seem to spend more time talking about problems, than even praying about them. It’s become a dangerous, lazy form of Christianity that has mistaken the triumph of a political party, or certain political views, as a triumph for the kingdom of God. Particularly when these political parties do nothing but promote culture wars and encourage division. Just because a politician is pro-life, doesn’t make them Christian.
Banning abortion is like putting a band-aid on gangrene. We may no longer see the problem but there’s still a festering, dying limb beneath all that gauze that needs to be addressed. And not addressed using caricatures and logical fallacies like deliberately finding the most obtuse, wealthy liberal women who say things like “I’d have 547543895439 abortions at 36 weeks pregnant after feeling my child kicking in the womb and if they were still alive after that, I’d strangle it to death with my bare hands and bathe in their blood” to prove a point, when these sort of individuals with their blasé attitudes constitute a minuet portion of women whom get abortions, or support them. That or saying nonsense like “How can U claim to care about children dying because of Gun Violence when u overlook abortion” which I’ve yet to find any scripture where Jesus used this sort of logic for anything but I digress. It’s possible to want children to not have to worry about getting shot-up in school and also be pro-life.
The issues that often cause abortion (lack of healthcare, lack of access to birth control, lack of sex education, lack of support, be it emotional or financial, among other things) will exist with or without heartbeat bills, yet I’m sure many Christians felt some sort of accomplishment at the Supreme court overturning Roe despite it achieving nothing. But again, this is where Christians ought to stop engaging in culture wars and step up. Jesus preached, sure, but He healed the sick, ate with sinners, and protected the vulnerable. He didn’t endlessly rail against the government and sin. In fact He barely had much to say about the government being far too busy actually helping people, instead of complaining online in the synagogues.
Circling back to my sister in Christ, Prolife_Sam is posting generally useless pick-me energy type stuff on Twitter instead of actually doing something. Like I doubt she’s fostering any kids or volunteering/donating at whatever the equivalent of AvaCare is where she lives. Sam is like many Evangelicals more concerned with spouting off useless “hot takes” to win the applause of man whilst doing nothing to resolve the issues they’re talking. Approximately zero pro-choice individuals read that tweet and went, “well gosh golly gee, you’ve changed my entire view on abortion by threatening to kidnap my children. I am now pro-life!”
Faith without works is dead. Instead of using their faith and platforms to work towards solutions that eliminate the problems that plague society, Christians like Sam sit around feeling morally superior for not partaking in certain activities as if that makes them any less of a sinner than everyone else. Furthermore, Amos 5: 21-24 says, “I hate, I despise your feasts and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; … Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps, I will not listen. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like and everlasting flowing stream.” (ESV)
Christianity shouldn’t simply be synonymous with pro-life, marches, and signs advocating for the unborn, but for supporting mothers around them in whatever ways they can, even if it’s something as simple as offering to watch someone’s kids for a night, or cooking them a few meals. Care about the children who have been born and advocate for their safety just as hard as you do for the unborn. Push for laws that don’t simply ban abortion, but provide better access to affordable healthcare, paid sick leave, maternity leave, and flexible working hours so mothers don’t have to feel as if they’re choosing between having a kid and being one pay-check away from homelessness. Rather than wait for the limb to die, prevent the wound that caused the gangrene in the first place.