roses – how the purity culture taught me to be abused

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by Samantha[warning: I am going to be talking about sensitive, sex-related issues today, including rape and sexual assault. ]First, let me share my rationale … [Read more...]

Congratulations Samantha! – SASBN

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Samantha from the blog Defeating The Dragons and NLQ's SASBN was recently singled out as the subject of  Christianity Today's article Finding Faith After Spiritual Indoctrination due to the excellence of her blogging about her past experiences! Congratulations and … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Other Recent Open Letters

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by CaluluThis isn't quite a mea maxima culpa, but I did want to take some time to talk about the recent posting of two Open Letter posts involving the Hyles family, the Schaap family and the continuing mess at First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana. … [Read more...]

The Jonathan Nichols Story: Growing Up Gay in the IFB Church

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by Bruce GerencserWhat follows is a brief excerpt of a story about Jonathan Nichols. Jonathan grew up in the Newark Baptist Temple,  the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist church ((IFB) pastored by my wife’s uncle, James Dennis.  The Pastor (Jamie) Overton … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Contentment Is All That Matters

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by Libby AnneCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 35-38This section is titled “A Thankful Spirit.” Debi begins by contrasting two examples. Here is the first one: I know women who remain perpetually discontented … [Read more...]

At What Point Is Faith Really Child Abuse?

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by CaluluTrigger Warning!Yesterday I saw a very disturbing video that was filmed last weekend, on Easter Day, in front of a United Methodist Church in North Carolina. The church is letting from it's Easter services while a young boy stands with a sign that reads like something out of Westboro Baptist and yells at the church … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Depression & Suicide

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Rick Warren from Saddleback Church It was a lifelong battle lost, despite consultation with top doctors, counseling, medication and floods of prayer. Despite all that, Warren wrote. "this was an illness that was never fully controlled and the emotional pain resulted in his decision to take his life." … [Read more...]

A Quick and Dirty Sex Ed Guide for Quiverfull Daughters

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by Becoming Worldly This post is NSFW (not safe to read at work).I got the idea to write this because I read this and this and something saying that only 67% of women in some study of “mainstream Americans” reported having an orgasm … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Smile, Giggle and Simper

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by Libby AnneCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 28-32The rest of Debi’s chapter on “a merry heart” is taken up with her response to a letter from a follower. Debi spends four full pages responding. The longer I read, the sadder I got. I apologize in advance.First, the letter: … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Linda Hyles Murphrey

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by Jenny WeberA guest post cross posted from Jenny's blog I'm Having A Thought HereTRIGGER WARNING! This might trigger those of you struggling to recover from abuse heaped on by former church members and clergyDear Linda:You open your open letter to the dear past and present members of First Baptist Church, Hammond, Indiana, by stating simply: “You were my father’s first love.” … [Read more...]


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