Funny Quote of the Day

Fundamentalists use the Bible the way a drunk uses a lamp post: always for support and never for illumination. Attributed to Rev. William Sloane Coffin [Read more...]

Religious Fundamentalism and Sexuality Project: The Questions!

Religious Fundamentalism and Sexuality Project If you are interested in participating in a blog series on religious fundamentalism and sexuality, read on! Below are the questions and the guidelines for the project.  Borrowing the format of Libby Anne’s Raised Quiverfull project, I’ll be posting each question and its set of answers multiple times a week, [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...]

Homeschooling: The Ugly

I was homeschooled through high school. If I had been able to leave fundamentalism as a teenager, I believe I could have caught up on anything I missed within a year or two of going to public high school, perhaps more easily than I did in college. High school, in my opinion, is where academics [Read More...]

Homeschooling: The Bad

Having already covered what I think were the benefits of my homeschool education, now it’s time to look at some drawbacks. They probably aren’t what you think. The main problem I had with homeschooling was having no way to measure my own intelligence. It was easy for me to buy the line that I was [Read More...]

NY Times op-ed: Rethinking His Religion

It’s not quite breaking news, but I just came across this article in NY Times Sunday Review and thought it was worth sharing. It’s a great reminder of the snapshot view we get of our close acquaintances and how we can never quit predict who will have a change of heart about their deepest prejudices: Sunday Review: [Read More...]

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to address several aspects of evangelical-fundamentalist life that have good, bad and ugly sides. I’m getting ready to do a longer series on the aesthetics of evangelical-fundamentalist culture, and this is a warm up for the big issues like modesty, patriarchy and homophobia. When I say aesthetics, I [Read More...]

Colbert Report: Gateway Hug

This video was too good not to share for anybody with experience in Christian purity culture. My church actually did ban hand-holding and hugs between the sexes, and was suspicious of too much eye contact! The Colbert Report (The Word): Gateway Hug Kissing and hugging are the last stop before reaching Groin Central Station, so it [Read More...]

Holiday Wars

As a former retail slave, I have a request to make of all last-minute holiday shoppers. When you’re at the checkout, and the cashier says, “Have a nice holiday,” say thank you. When you’re at the checkout, and the cashier says, “Merry Christmas,” say thank you. When you’re at the checkout, and the cashier says, [Read More...]