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.

Voice in the Wind: Slave Auction

A Voice in the Wind, Pp. 75-80The ship Hadassah is being transported on arrives in Ephesus and she and the other women disembark in the midst of a busy waterside scene. Some of those at the docks and on the street yelled insults as Hadassah and the others passed them. Hadassah burned with shame. Her hair was crawling with lice, her tunic stinking and stained with human excrement. They're taken straight to the baths. I'm curious---was this typical, for slaves to be cleaned up and made pre … [Read more...]


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Evangelical Editor Sees Persecution at Airbnb

I grew up in an evangelical home, believing (because I was told so) that evangelical Christians were persecuted. Unfortunately, the growing success of the LGBTQ rights movement has given evangelical Christians one more way to see themselves as persecuted---because, they argue, their religious freedom includes the freedom to discriminate. Even here, though, many evangelicals are so quick to claim that they're being persecuted that they'll go out of their way to do so.It seems World Magazine's … [Read more...]


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Princess or Scientist: It’s Not an Either/Or

This image was recently posted on a Neil DeGrasse Tyson fan Facebook page. It shows a little girl wearing dark sunglasses and an adorable "I'm on it" expression, pointing to her shirt, which sports pictures of planets and the words "Forget Princess I Want to be an Astrophysicist" emblazoned across the top.I assisted a first grader while volunteering at a book sale at my daughter's school a few days ago; she wanted a language book with pictures and French words like her friend had found, … [Read more...]


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What’s the Story with Visa Denials?

Some years ago, I traveled out of the country for an academic conference. The country was part of the European Union, so I didn't need to obtain a visa. The entire process was easy and smooth. Until recently, I didn't think about the complications individuals in many countries face in obtaining a visa to attend an academic conference in the U.S.---and I certainly didn't realize that a large number of such visa requests might be denied!Trump's "Muslim ban" has brought wider scrutiny to i … [Read more...]


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That Time Jesus Was at the Well with Steve Bannon

I grew up in an evangelical home; while I'm no longer religious, I've become somewhat familiar with liberation theology, and with progressive Christianity more generally. Given this familiarity, I was seriously troubled by a recent tweet by Nadia Bolz-Weber, progressive Christian pastor and author:Text: We all come back from the grocery store to the sight of Jesus chatting it up at the well with Steve Bannon. Jesus is the worst. The story about the woman at the well, of course, goes l … [Read more...]


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Lesbian Duplex 112: An Open Thread

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]


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Saturday Link Love: iPhones, Virtue, Monsters, and Dictator Chic

Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier.Vera Haynes Illustrates How Many iPhones You'd Need to Pay to Treat 10 Different Conditions, on The Mighty---"Haynes, a librarian in Hays, Kansas, decided she would help educate Chaffetz and the general public about the true costs of treating a chronic illness with an infogra … [Read more...]


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