I Was Raised To Be A Skeptic

My parents taught me to be skeptical of scientists. After all, they told me, scientists and have agendas, and evolution and climate change are frauds.

My parents taught me to be skeptical of doctors. After all, they told me, vaccines cause autism and doctors are too quick to prescribe medicines.


My parents taught me to be skeptical of academia. After all, they told me, professors are leftist Marxists who brainwash their unwitting students.

My parents taught me to be skeptical of liberal theologians. After all, they told me, liberal theologians listen to their own wisdom rather than to God, and even question or reject the Bible.

My parents taught me to be skeptical of government. After all, they told me, the government perpetrates cover-ups all the time, and liberals are trying to turn the country into a dictatorship by banning firearms.

My parents taught me to be skeptical of “government education.” After all, they told me, public schools are secular humanist indoctrination centers, and are set up to dumb students down into a nation of followers.

My parents taught me not to ever trust anything just because someone says it. Ever. They taught me to always question authority. Always. They told me to search for truth and follow wherever it led. Wherever.

And yet, my parents expected me to not be skeptical of them.

Why are my parents surprised? I am a skeptic because they taught me to be a skeptic. All I did was apply what they taught me! I simply turned it around on them.

To some extent every daughter of Christian Patriarchy is raised to be a skeptic. They are all, without exception, taught to question scientists, doctors, academia, liberal theologians, government, and government education. Some are even taught to question things like the moon landing. They are told to question everything and everyone – except for daddy. Daddy gets a free pass. I call bullshit.

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About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.