“You can’t be pro-life, but then refuse to support the girl that keeps her baby”

Check out this story about a pregnant Christian school graduate: HAGERSTOWN, Md. - A high school senior who attends a private Christian school in Maryland will not get a chance to attend her graduation ceremony because she is pregnant.The Heritage Academy in Hagerstown said Maddi Runkles violated the school's code of conduct by having premarital sex. However, Runkles and her parents are struggling to understand how their conservative Christian high school can teach and promote being pro- … [Read more...]


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Evangelicals’ Sexual Double Bind

Evangelical Christianity frequently approaches sex in a strongly dichotomous way---sex before marriage is bad, sinful, and sick and corrupting while sex after marriage is good, godly, and mind-blowingly pleasurable. Many young evangelicals, however, have found that they can't flip a switch at marriage and instantly achieve the mind-blowingly pleasurable sex they were promised after decades of being shamed for their sexual thoughts or desires. In other words, it's not so simple.Rachel … [Read more...]


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Hispanic Christians and Evangelical Persecution Narratives

"Half of Hispanic Christians Worry About Deportation Under Trump," read the headline of a Christianity Today article earlier this year. While still conservative, the evangelical magazine Christianity Today has increasingly become a voice of reason within the evangelical community. In pointing this out, the author was noting something many evangelicals had probably not considered.White evangelical Christians overwhelmingly voted for Trump, despite his insistence on connecting Hispanic … [Read more...]


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The Handmaid’s Tale Is Gripping — But Is It Realistic?

I recently received an email from a reader with this question: I've just reread Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and am now watching the miniseries and as I've been watching, I keep thinking, "I wonder what fundamentalists would think of this story. Do they look at it and think, 'Yeah, that's exactly what we're aiming for'? Or are things taken just a bit too far with the whole having-a-handmaiden-to-provide-with-children?" You were the first person I thought might have some insights into t … [Read more...]


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All the Evangelical Marriage Teachings I Had to Unlearn

My husband and I have been married for almost ten years. My upbringing was evangelical, and it did not prepare me for marriage in any way. I had a lot of bad habits to unlearn and I made a lot of mistakes. Indeed, many of my early missteps with regard to marriage stemmed from the evangelical teachings I learned growing up. I'm going to run through some of them here, but this is not a comprehensive list.Growing up in a conservative religious community, I was taught that couples were happiest w … [Read more...]


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Are Friendships a Threat to Your Marriage? Um. No.

A few weeks ago, a reader sent me a marriage advice website titled Beating 50 Percent. It is run by Jeremy and Audrey Roloff, an evangelical Christian couple in their mid-20s who have been married for under three years. I would point out that the myth that 50% of marriages end in divorce is just that---a myth---except that that does not appear to be what Jeremy and Audrey are referring to, as per their mission statement: Our mission in life, and on this blog is to do and be all things that … [Read more...]


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Words Have Consequences: Evangelical Rhetoric and Gay Rights

In late 2015, Franklin Graham visited Russia to meet with leaders of the Orthodox Church. During this visit, Graham also had the opportunity to meet with Vladimir Putin. Graham brought up this visit in April while defending Putin against accusations of election meddling, posting this image to his twitter:Graham's reference to this 2015 meeting in turn brought up comments he made at the time praising Putin for banning "gay propaganda" and effectively criminalizing the LGBT rights mo … [Read more...]


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