20 Ways Not to Respond to Homeschool Horror Stories

by Becoming WorldlyThe following are a list of things that range from impolite to incredibly disrespectful that I have heard since I started speaking out about this issue. I’m (unfortunately) not making any of these up and I’ve actually had every single one of them either said to me or seen them said to others. If you don’t want to be a jerk, please don’t say any of the following: … [Read more...]

My Mid-Faith Crisis: Why I Don’t Believe in Christianity Anymore

by MariThe title of this post is very provocative and I hope people take the time to read what I have to say rather than simply rejecting me because they believe I’ve turned heathen.Because I haven’t turned heathen. … [Read more...]

Orphan Fever

by CaluluMother Jones magazine has finally published Kathryn Joyce's account of the Evangelical Movement's obsession with adoption and the inevitable not so great outcomes when you don't take practicalities of foreign adoption under consideration. … [Read more...]

Preying on Those Most Vulnerable

by CaluluLast week someone sent a link for a sect that calls itself "Biblical Families". At first glance they seem like the usual patriarchal fundamentalist flavor of Christianity, like a thousand other versions of Christianity. In fact, this is how they describe themselves - … [Read more...]

Choosing my Future

by Vyckie Garrison - Originally posted at secularwoman.orgFifth article in Secular Woman's Women's History Month Series.by Vyckie Garrison, No Longer QuiveringLife without choices is simple. As a young woman, when faced with … [Read more...]

Open Thread Discussion on Christian Fundamentalism

by Vyckie GarrisonOver on the Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blog, Defeating the Dragons, Samantha is looking for input on readers' personal experiences with Christian fundamentalism.One of the questions she asks is: I know that some of you … [Read more...]

roses – how the purity culture taught me to be abused

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

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

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

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...]