Ann Romney’s Gendered Martyrdom: “Women and Children First”?

Shove over, Rose, you murderous narcissist.

Credit isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I’m not talking about your credit score or the plastic in your wallet. I’m talking about public accolades. I’m talking about the river of molten gold that comes out of the mouths of people like Ann Romney when describing (what used to be) “women’s work.” Before I [Read More...]

On Identity and Political Christianity

republican-jesus-poster

When I was growing up, I believed our church to be mostly apolitical. This was because we were anti-dominionist. As premillennialists (Christians who believe that Christ will return before the millennium, a period of paradise on earth), we believed that Western government was irredeemable and that getting involved in politics was submitting to “the prince [Read More...]

Settling in and Getting Organized: check out my (restored) blogroll!

Now you're hungry. For information!

You may have noticed that the menu section now includes a link to my blogroll. It took a while to put back together, but I’ve managed to save all the links I had collected on wordpress.com. I’ve also been working on organizing my google accounts, so I can better stay on top of the latest [Read More...]

Electrick Children (July 2012): A New Indie Drama about a Girl’s Journey out of Fundamentalist Mormonism

Julia Garner plays Rachel McKnight in Electrick Children.

Following up Paradise Recovered as the second recent cinematic portrayal of a fundamentalist girl’s journey out of oppressive religion, Electrick Children was released in the UK on July 13, 2012. Starring Julia Garner, the movie follows 15-year-old Rachel McKnight, who discovers and listens to a forbidden rock and roll cassette tape and has a new [Read More...]

My mom is going back to school!

Happy studying! Now, to do my own reading... argh...

Some of you may remember this post, in which I described the frustration of discovering that a clerical error had cost my mom her chance to go back to school for her bachelor’s degree. Leaving for school and realizing that my mother would not be able to get her degree felt a lot like survivor’s [Read More...]

A snarky response to an annoying facebook post about poverty

If you can afford to buy a senator, you don't need a tax break.

So, I keep seeing this seriously problematic image circulating on facebook. It’s an ugly beige and red graphic with the following text: If you can afford beer, drugs, cigarettes, manicures and tattoos, you don’t need foodstamps or welfare. Now, first of all, let me critique this thing as quickly as possible: 1. What you’re basically saying [Read More...]

A Fundamentalist Christian Paradox? “Love is an Action, Not a Feeling” vs. “Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner”

Broken heart drawing.

A comment on Libby Anne’s blog recently got me thinking about love, and what it means to fundamentalist Christians. The comment went like this: You’re forgetting that love has nothing to do with our actions, it’s a feeling that can be arbitrarily asserted to make anything okay. The problem is, that’s the opposite of what [Read More...]

BelieveTheSign.com Issues a Public Apology for Promoting William Branham as a Modern Prophet

William Branham preaching.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll recognize William Branham as the name of a faith healing evangelist in the mid-20th century who inspired a group of churches that collectively call themselves “The Message of the Hour.” The name refers to the belief that Branham served the role of a major Old [Read More...]

Sexuality Project – Introducing Calulu, Jenn, Meggie, Parker, Shadowspring and Vyckie

Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot, a conservative Christian women's ministry leader.

Welcome to another round of the Religious Fundamentalism and Sexuality Project! This time, our writers are Calulu, Jenn, Meggie, Parker, Shadowspring and Vyckie. Last time, we heard from Melissa and Haley, Lina and V, Latebloomer and Katy-Anne. If you’re like me, you laughed and wept with them, and I’ve no doubt you will with this [Read More...]

Chick-fil-A’s “Appreciation Day”, or, Spite is Not a Christian Virtue

Chik-fil-A supporters line up to gorge themselves patriotically. Via LA Times.

This morning, one of the first things I saw on my facebook feed was an explosion of pictures of Chick-fil-A buildings around the country mobbed by evangelical Christians. The lines wrapped around the buildings, out into the parking lot. Fat, shiny SUVs sat cooling off and reminding everybody that their owners were people of means. [Read More...]


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