Permission to Live: A Church Where We Are More Than Just Queer

Melissa at Permission to Live has just written a beautiful post about her family’s first experience in an accepting church: A Church Where We Are More Than Just Queer A man plays the piano softly, a candle is lit, a list of prayer requests are read out loud by a young woman who has grown [Read More...]

Christian Fundamentalist Homophobia, Part One: Generalized Anxiety and Images of Depravity

Trigger warning: The following post contains frank descriptions of the hate speech against LGBTQ people that my church used to inculcate fear and contempt in its youth. It’s probably not something you want to read if you’re already having a bad day. I have decided to write about homophobia for two reasons: first, to demonstrate [Read More...]

5 Phrases Christians Should Say More Often

Reluctant Xtian has written a follow-up to his previous post, which I linked here. 5 Phrases I Think Christians Should Say More Often An excerpt: 5) “Let’s read a book together; your choice.” This might seem like a dumb request, or some awkward way to try to curry favor with someone, but I’m absolutely serious.  [Read More...]

5 Phrases Christians Shouldn’t Say

I just ran across the wonderful article below and heartily recommend it: Reluctant Xtian: 5 Phrases I think Christians Shouldn’t Say An excerpt:  Consider these phrases that I’ve actually heard: “It’s not Christian to fire that person.” (Implication: A Christian can’t do some things because they’re seen as “mean”) “It’s not Christian to think those [Read More...]

Memorial Monday’s Massive Modesty Media Mention

I know, I know, I got carried away by the alliteration automobile. Here’s a definition of the modesty doctrine and a bunch of other people talking about it: The Modesty Doctrine: A Definition The “modesty doctrine” is the belief that women need to cover their bodies to prevent men from being attracted to them, because [Read More...]

Christian Fundamentalist Homophobia: It Really Is About Fear (Introducing a New Series)

Trigger warning: The following post contains frank descriptions of the hate speech against LGBTQ people that my church used to inculcate fear and contempt in its youth. It’s probably not something you want to read if you’re already having a bad day.  I have decided to write about homophobia for two reasons: first, to demonstrate [Read More...]

Libby Anne: Raised Quiverfull Project

If you haven’t checked out Libby Anne’s “Raised Quiverfull” project yet, you’re missing out! Raised Quiverfull: Adult Children Respond The project is ongoing. The Introduction, along with the sections on Living the Life, A Gendered Childhood, and Homeschooling are complete. Keep checking in for the sections on Purity, Questioning, Relating to Family, Coping and Helping [Read More...]

Fundamentalist Aesthetics

Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. -1 Samuel 16:7 Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. -Mark Twain  In preparation for my next series, on how evangelical-fundamentalism instills homophobia in its youth, I’m going to talk for a moment about fundamentalist aesthetics. Every once in [Read More...]

Quick Hits: Modesty, LGBTQ, and “Honoring” Women

A North Carolina pastor’s anti-gay tirade has gone viral on youtube. He proposes sending all non-heterosexuals to concentration camps, where they will die off because “they can’t reproduce!!1eleven11!!1″ In other words, he’s the guy Jonathan Swift could only pretend to be. NC Pastor Gives Sermon on Killing Off Homosexuals Members Stand Behind Pastor’s Anti-Gay Sermon [Read More...]

When Modesty Makes No Sense

Whenever I punish myself by reading evangelical-fundamentalist blog posts about modesty, I run into images like this. Not only do such images read like posters from the Department of Missing the Point, they reveal the kind of mindset that the modesty doctrine creates in young women. “Modestly” dressed women still live in a world in [Read More...]


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