Kristy Loye is a former “devout, Bible-believing fundamental evangelical Christian” who eventually became an atheist. What pushed her over the edge was the church’s treatment of women. Specifically, how they treated her and a friend of hers when they were going through divorces.
She writes at the Houston Press:
Her story mirrored my own almost identically: after turmoil, verbal abuse and unmistakable signs of infidelity in her marriage — the church’s response to her divorce request was non-negotiable: God hates divorce and we will not support you.
It’s a damaging philosophy. Marriage is sold to female parishioners as the highest pinnacle of sacrifice and worship for a woman. There are few roles outside of marriage, find yourself outside of wedded bliss and be cast into a divorce recovery group or worse, no place at all. My own church placed me with the widows at 26 years old.
The evangelical church loves a specific cookie-cutter sort of marriage, where men marry women, women are subservient to men in the home, and children are a requirement. Nothing else will do. And if your life doesn’t fit into that mold, even for reasons beyond your control, good luck to you.
Read the full essay right here.
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