Fundamentalist Patriarch Dave Buehner Objects To Vyckie Garrison’s 2014 Speech

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Remember last year, right around this time, when NLQ founder Vyckie Garrison spoke at the American Atheist convention in Salt Lake City, Utah on Easter weekend? Her speech was shared internet wide and articles written about it. It was titled "How Playing The Good Christian Wife Almost Killed Me."Apparently it took nearly a year for the news of Vyckie's speech and the articles to reach Kevin Swanson's radio sidekick, boot licker and all around enabler Dave Buehner. Okay, so I know Swanson is always carrying on during his show about how they're hiding in a basement bunker style but you'd think they'd occasionally leave the bunker for the outside world. At least for a Chik Fil A run once in … [Read more...]

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Zero Tolerance: Manly Temper or Ungodly Outburst

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by S.J. Reidhead cross posted from her blog The Pink Flamingo The Anger Buster Rap by Barbara Gruener When anger chooses me, here’s an important fact: I always get to choose exactly how I’ll react. I don’t need to fight or shout, pout and cry; I have some healthy strategies for management I try. I write or draw or count to ten, I talk it out or go outside to play. I take deep breaths or exercise until my anger goes away. So when anger chooses you, and it will, that’s a fact! Why not try my healthy ways to help you react. … [Read more...]

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So I’ve Been Spiritually Abused, What Next? – Recovery From Economic or Financial Abuse

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by Laura Shin from Forbes magazine - 'I'll Take Care of the Bills': The Slippery Slope Into Financial AbuseThe entire article is worth a read but we are quoting the bit on how to recover from Economic or Financial Abuse: … [Read more...]

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New Book “Beyond An Absence of Faith” & Vyckie Garrison podcast

There's a book that's been published  in the last year named 'Beyond An Absence of Faith: Stories About the Loss of Faith and the Discovery of Self' by Johnathan MS Pierce and Tristan Vick   What's so exciting about this book is that it features the story of NLQ writer Bruce Gerencser and NLQ Founder Vyckie  Garrison. Check it out!Several days ago Vyckie also took part in Atheist Analysis' podcast along with a few others on International Women's Day.If this is your first time visiting NLQ please read our Welcome page and our Comment Policy! Comments open below NLQ Recommended Reading … Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement by Kathryn Joyce 13:24 - A Story of Fai … [Read more...]

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Waking Up To Hidden Abuse In The Christian Faith

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by AJ cross posted from her blog I Am Phoenix A year and six months ago, I officially chose to no longer identify as a Christian. It was the summer of 2012. Since then, many well meaning people have goaded me, guilted me, and mistakenly told me I was confusing all of Christianity for the abusive religious cult I grew up in. They told me it was ok to reject the cult I grew up in, but that I shouldn't reject all of Christianity as well.Well, guess what. I reject it all.  I reject the teachings of the abusive, patriarchal Christian cult I grew up in. And I reject mainstream, evangelical Christianity today. In my opinion, it is imbued with toxic, demeaning beliefs. I wrote about this to … [Read more...]

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Vyckie Garrison on “Soulation” Part 2

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 Part 2 of Vyckie's interview with Jonalyn Grace Fincher of Soulation. This time she talks about how  Christianity was crushing the spirits of her children. You can view the entire interview at Soulation - Christianity Was Crushing My KidsInteresting thought provoking discussion on questions that the church must start trying to answer.Part 1 can be found here - Vyckie Garrison on "Soulation" Part 1 … [Read more...]

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Vyckie Garrison on “Soulation” – Part 1

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by Vyckie Garrison - Founder of NLQ Here's the first segment of my recent interview with Jonalyn Grace Fincher of Soulation. From Jonalyn's intro: Here you can see us beginning to determine if we can trust one another even as we find common ground. The opening minutes are all about listening well and gaining trust. What common ground do you see us identifying? Stay tuned for more (✿◠‿◠)~~~~~~~~~~~~ Vyckie Garrison started No Longer Quivering to tell the story of her “escape” from the Quiverfull movement. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ If this is your first time visiting NLQ please read our Welcome page and our Comment Policy! Comments open below NLQ Recommended Reading … Quiverfull: Inside the Chr … [Read more...]

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‘Gilmore Girls’ and Child Abuse

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons Two of the many things I missed out on during my we-didn’t-have-TV childhood were Friends and Gilmore Girls. I’m in the process of rectifying it– thank you very much Netflix– and so far it’s been pretty fun. I really enjoy the way the characters interact with each other, especially how much Lorelai really is almost exactly like her mother … if her mother had pink-furry-telephone taste. I’m also enjoying Rachel’s sudden introduction to paying taxes. … [Read more...]

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Self Esteem, Self Efficacy and the Locus of Control

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by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much GraceEditor's note: This was written in response to some of the discussion over Cynthia Jeub's blog posts. That is not why I am sharing it here. This is something that everyone in recovery from spiritual abuse or religious trauma syndrome could benefit from watching and thinking about the issues brought forth.Religious lifestyles that demand a great deal of conformity can create a lot of relationship tension as children venture into adulthood as those adult children begin to make their own choices about life and belief.  If there is too much reliance on the identity of the family of origin or if the family demands the adult to … [Read more...]

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“You’re Supposed to be Creating An Army For God”

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A new article about NLQ founder Vyckie Garrison from Good Magazine!One woman’s courageous struggle to be more than a “womb man” by Sarah Stankorb In the fall of 2007, Vyckie Garrison’s faith began to crumble. Her fundamentalist Christian beliefs, which had previously encased her in what seemed like an armor of God’s love, had led her to have seven children as a submissive wife, a similar fate as almost every other grown woman in her religious community. She spent her days home schooling her kids and publishing a pro-life Christian newspaper with her husband. So strong was her faith that when she was warned to steer clear of a hippie, nonbelieving uncle, she felt insulted that others tho … [Read more...]

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