Happy 4th? On the Complicated Problem of Patriotism in Conditions of Injustice

"We've got the American Jesus Bolstering national faith We've got the American Jesus Overwhelming millions every day." – Bad Religion, "American Jesus," Recipe for Hate (1993) Some Reflections for Independence Day, July 4, 2018 Yesterday, Mandy Nicole, founder and editor-in-chief of Fundamentally Free, a multi-author ex-evangelical blog, published a piece called "Evangelicalism Killed my Patriotism." She notes the presence … Continue reading Happy 4th? On the Complicated Problem of Patriotism in Conditions of Injustice

Escape from Jesus Land: On Recognizing Evangelical Abuse and Finding the Strength to Reject the Faith of Our Fathers

The View from Jesus Land, USA My great-grandpa was the only member of my mom's side of the family never to abandon the Democratic Party for the Republicans. He would not leave the political party of his father. Similarly, a friend of my family's who worked as a lawyer in a small Midwestern town for … Continue reading Escape from Jesus Land: On Recognizing Evangelical Abuse and Finding the Strength to Reject the Faith of Our Fathers

Transgender Employment Non-Discrimination and Contraception Access Rolled Back. The Trump Administration Keeps Giving us Reasons to #EmptyThePews

Yesterday, the news broke that Attorney General Jeff Sessions' (alternative) Justice Department was rescinding Obama era transgender employment non-discrimination protections. And today, in a move that is almost certainly illegal and will be challenged in court, Health and Human Services moved to essentially eliminate the ACA's contraception mandate, allowing educational institutions and even publicly traded … Continue reading Transgender Employment Non-Discrimination and Contraception Access Rolled Back. The Trump Administration Keeps Giving us Reasons to #EmptyThePews

Who’s Afraid of the Rapture? Some Thoughts on Conservative Christian Apocalypticism and its Consequences

Happy Rapture Day? It's that time again. That time of year when the fall semester gets into full swing, the leaves in the Midwest and New England begin to change color (or maybe not this year, thanks Obama climate change), and certain conservative Christians go into a frenzy about the rapture. You know, that glorious event … Continue reading Who’s Afraid of the Rapture? Some Thoughts on Conservative Christian Apocalypticism and its Consequences

Where Do Ex-Evangelicals Come From?

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?

Stop #CruellaDevos: Once More on the Christian Right’s Education Agenda

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

“Do Aborted Babies Go to Hell?” The Horrifying Questions that Only Fundamentalists Have to Consider

Note: I use the term "babies" in the title of this post rather than the more accurate "fetuses" because this is how conservative Christians who believe that life begins at conception think of it. Readers of this blog should be well aware that I reject their framework and avoid using the term "unborn babies" myself. For … Continue reading “Do Aborted Babies Go to Hell?” The Horrifying Questions that Only Fundamentalists Have to Consider

Street Preaching and the Christian Right, Part 2: Inside the Mind of a Street Preacher

Before reading this post and its corollary Street Preaching and the Christian Right, Part 1: Suffer the Little Children (which is recommended reading for context before you proceed here), let me just note that these posts contain very disturbing material. Be prepared to confront misogyny, rape, assault, homophobia, transphobia, racism, Islamophobia, bigotry toward other confessions, … Continue reading Street Preaching and the Christian Right, Part 2: Inside the Mind of a Street Preacher

Educated Evangelicals, Academic Achievement, and Trumpism: On the Tensions in Valuing Education in an Anti-Intellectual Subculture

Authority First: The Enclave Strikes Back "I sat in the waiting room wasting my time, and waiting for Judgment Day. I praise liberty, the freedom to obey." - Green Day, "21st Century Breakdown," 21st Century Breakdown (2009) Fundamentalists force an inhumane choice on reflective, empathetic individuals who grow up in their enclave communities: assent that 2 + 2 … Continue reading Educated Evangelicals, Academic Achievement, and Trumpism: On the Tensions in Valuing Education in an Anti-Intellectual Subculture