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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Former Miss Turkey May Do Jailtime For Poetic Instagram Picture That “Insulted” Islamist President Erdogan

Merve Buyuksarac was crowned Miss Turkey in 2006. Now she’s back in the spotlight — because a Turkish prosecutor wants to teach her a lesson for having allegedly insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with an Instagram picture.

Buyuksarac’s lawyer told reporters that an Istanbul prosecutor is attempting to take Buyuksarac to court for insulting a public official. If found guilty, she could face up to two years in prison.

While the post has since been deleted, Hurriyet Daily News describes it as a satirical text titled “The Master’s Poem.” …

Insulting the Turkish leader has become a risky proposal since Erdoğan made the leap from the prime minister’s office to the president’s office last year.

On this score, I beg to differ with the Washington Post. Even as prime minister, Erdoğan’s skin was always as thin as cigarette paper. I wrote about that ten years ago. And again. And again.

Here, via the Telegraph, is the current scope of how censorious this ridiculous man and his judicial cronies are:



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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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