I Once Signed an Abstinence Pledge and Wore a Purity Ring; Now, I’m a Sex-Positive Former Christian

This is a guest post by Brittany Machado. She is the producer of the documentary film Give Me Sex Jesus.

I used to be the poster-child for Evangelicalism.

They called me “Bubbly Brittany” because I was always so happy. You name it, I did it for the church: taught Sunday school, went on mission trips to impoverished countries, evangelized at my public high school, sang in the church choir…

Despite all this, the ladies at church warned me I was too independent and not feminine enough; I needed some security about my familial future. So, I took an abstinence pledge and donned a purity ring. I believed that, through this commitment, Jesus would bless me with the perfect husband and the perfect sex life — if only I could wait.

Meanwhile, I was making out with my boyfriend in his truck while trying to pretend he didn’t have a boner.

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Christian Missionary Proud that She Rescued Someone from the Horrors of Catholicism

Remember Jessica Tidwell? She’s the Christian missionary who was disappointed that Kenya wasn’t the hellhole she hoped it would be because, presumably, it deprived her from having an ideal photo-op.

In her latest dispatch from Africa, she tells the story of how she “saved” someone… who was simply the wrong kind of Christian:



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Controversy Erupts at Maine High School After Students Are Told They Don’t Have to Stand for the Pledge

At South Portland High School in Maine, the students who read the morning announcements and lead the Pledge of Allegiance have created a controversy by letting their classmates know they don’t have to participate:



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GOP Congressman, a Leader in the House Science Committee, Admits He Didn’t Vaccinate His Children

Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk made a startling admission during a town hall meeting last week.

He told the crowd that he didn’t bother vaccinating his children (1:26:40)



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Launching Today: A Hotline for Those Who Need Someone To Talk To About Their Religious Doubts

It was almost a year and a half ago when I first mentioned the Hotline Project on this site. We know becoming an atheist rarely happens overnight — for many of us, it’s the result of a lot of introspection or conversations with trusted friends. But what happens when you don’t have anyone to talk to? What if you’re a church-goer who doesn’t really have any non-religious friends? What if you’re a teenager whose parents are very religious? What if you’re a pastor?

That’s where The Hotline Project comes in.

It was started by the folks at Recovering from Religion and it offers a single phone number where anyone having religious doubts can call in to talk to a trained, trusted individual.



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