Dr. Nancy Hightower is a writer and literary scholar with a remarkable story of surviving the worst of Evangelicalism. She offers a valuable perspective on the challenges we currently face at a time in which white Evangelical Christians are the single demographic most supportive of #IllegitimatePresident Trump and most responsible for rising American authoritarianism. The … Continue reading Ex-Evangelical Conversations: Satanic Panic Abuse Survivor Nancy Hightower
There have been a lot of discussions happening on Twitter lately about steps we can take to build both an ex-Evangelical community and a broader ex-fundamentalist/former conservative believer community, online and offline. With respect to the broader community, some of us have been pondering hashtags that might extend beyond Christians; my suggestions include #ILivedFundamentalism and … Continue reading Some Quick Ways to Help Build Ex-Evangelical and Broader Ex-Fundamentalist Community
The news recently broke that Jay Alan Sekulow, chief counsel for the far Right American Center for Law and Justice, is a member of Trump's legal team. This should give us pause for a number of reasons. The ACLJ is one of the most effective Christian Right legal advocacy organizations, and it plays an important … Continue reading The Rundown on Jay Sekulow, Veteran Christian Right Lawyer Now on Trump’s Legal Team
While live tweeting former FBI Director James Comey's hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier, I had the idea that The Pixies' "Where is My Mind" might make a good soundtrack for it. I think I was right! Give this little mashup a listen:
Where do ex-Evangelicals come from? Ahem! Well, erm, you see, children, when two people hate Jesus very, very much, Lilith's pet pterodactyl (his name is Cuthbert) gets a text message alerting him that it's time to take up his stick and bundle and pay another visit to Lucifer's eggplant patch... But seriously, folks. I am often asked, … Continue reading Where Do Ex-Evangelicals Come From?
Amid all the talk of highly unqualified Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos's defense of unconscionable $9.2 billion cuts to public education and proposed $4 billion investment in so-called "school choice" (moves that have earned DeVos the well-deserved epithet #CruellaDeVos on Twitter), it's worth remembering why the Christian Right supports "school choice" in the first place. … Continue reading Stop #CruellaDevos: Once More on the Christian Right’s Education Agenda
Yesterday, The New York Times printed an op-ed by Molly Wicker, a junior at Grove City College, under the headline "A Conservative Christian College Protest of Mike Pence." I see this as part and parcel of the MSM's ongoing love affair with the fanciful narrative that younger white Evangelicals no longer seek to fight the culture … Continue reading Young Evangelicals Insist the Theocracy Will Not be Trumpian: Please Clap?
As increasingly embattled #SoCalledPresident Trump embarks upon his first foreign trip in office amid more damning revelations about what he told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office on May 10, I think it's worth taking a few moments to pause on the reaction--or rather, mostly, non-reaction--of the Christian Right … Continue reading The Israel Disconnect: Trump Compromises Israel’s Security, Christian Right Shrugs, Carries on with End Times Prophecy
As promised in yesterday's post, "Some Comments on Critical Thinking and Expertise, Part 1: How Not to Approach RussiaGate on Social Media," I am printing my May 16, 2017 interview with writer and leading Resistance activist Andrea Chalupa below. Like myself, Chalupa has been hit with spurious accusations of being a Kremlin agent. The upcoming … Continue reading Some Comments on Critical Thinking and Expertise, Part 2: An Interview with Andrea Chalupa