Leaving the Christian Right: Harder Than You Think

I didn’t know who Joyce Elaine White was until I read this piece in the American Prospect. I’m still not entirely sure why this piece ran, but I’m glad it did. The article covers her life from about 1973 to 2011 and unravels each layer of her departure — from being a fundamentalist homeschool preacher’s wife and mom in a cultish group, to divorcee and right-wing Christian political leader, to interior designer and conservative political bystander. I think her story is important to read for those on the outside of this world, just to understand how complex it is to untangle yourself from the religious, political, and social ideologies as they interplay in conservative Christian culture.



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Now That the Primaries Are Over, Two Red States Will Have Atheists on the Ballot This November

… Sure, they were both running unopposed, but this is still a big deal. They got further in the election cycle than Eric Cantor! (That has to count for something, right?)

James Woods, the progressive, legally blind, condom-sending, proud atheist running for U.S. House from the 5th Congressional District of Arizona, is now the official Democratic candidate in the race.



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An Interview with the Man Behind Oklahoma City’s Black Mass

I’ve posted a few articles about a Black Mass taking place in Oklahoma in September. It’s so controversial that the Governor has spoken out against it. More recently, Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley sued Adam Daniel and his Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Satanic church because they supposedly stole consecrated communion wafers from the Church for their event. (Daniel returned the wafers to Coakley while saying they were sent to him legally by a priest in Turkey.)

Damion Reinhardt, a blogger at Skeptic Ink, lives in Oklahoma and hosts a podcast… so he decided to get some first-hand information by visiting Adam Daniel himself.

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Pat Robertson Says Gay Teen Needs “Male Companions” To Be Straight

Today on The 700 Club, Pat Robertson gave unhelpful and unnecessary advice to a woman concerned about her teen stepson’s budding attraction to other guys.

Right Wing Watch tracked down the video of Robertson asserting that being gay is the result of nurture instead of nature and that it’s apparently caused by the absence of male role models in a boy’s life. Here’s the clip:



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Women’s Rights Activists Bleed and Defecate on ISIS Flag to (Apparently) Protest Islamic State’s Misogyny

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Egyptian women’s rights activist Aliaa Elmahdy isn’t afraid of a little controversy, to put it mildly. For a few years, she’s been issuing bold fuck-yous to the forces of patriarchy and religion, appearing without clothing (and often with slogans on her body) on Facebook and in a Swedish mosque.

On Saturday, Elmahdy, who’s been living in exile in Europe, posted her most daring and controversial photo yet. She is seen squatting over a black ISIS banner that contains the words “There is no God but Allah.” Elmahdy is menstruating on the flag, while a second woman, dressed in an Islamic veil, simultaneously defecates on it while holding up a middle finger to the camera. This is just a crop:



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