Daughter of the Patriarchy, epilogue: What does leaving fundamentalism look like?

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Occasionally, I get asked whether or not I ever actually left my old fundamentalist church. My story on No Longer Quivering followed my journey up to the first year of college. I’ve wrestled with how to explain what happened in a proper narrative form, because the circumstances that led to my cutting ties completely with [Read More...]

Azizatu Nafsiha: Coming Into My Own

Saliha at Azizatu Nafsiha has begun to write a beautiful, thoughtful series about wrestling with faith and gender expectations as an African American Shi’a Muslim woman. It’s called “Coming Into My Own,” a theme to which most of my readers will relate. Her writing is lucid, elegant and transparent in its depth. I highly recommend following this [Read More...]

Recommended Reading: A Year After the Non-Apocalypse: Where Are They Now?

A recent article on Religion Dispatches takes on the question few people bother to ask after failed apocalyptic prophecies: what happens to those who have invested their whole lives in the belief in an immanent Second Coming? With admirable sensitivity and sobriety, Tom Bartlett describes the aftereffects of Harold Camping’s end-of-the-world prediction for May 21, [Read More...]

Eagle Cry Radio Cries Some More

Joseph Branham’s reactionary letter to the WHAS11 news story on William Branham and the Message has been reprinted on the website of Eagle Cry Radio, an all-Message internet-based radio group. Their headline is “Bro. Joseph Branham Responds to Local News Report About the Message Being a Cult.” Funny, because the actual news report never called [Read More...]

Joseph Branham’s Reactionary Letter

I was alerted to Joseph Branham‘s written response to the WHAS11 news story on his father, William Branham, by a drive-by commenter who thought her comment would be lost in moderation. On the contrary, I’m quite willing to engage with the contents of the letter. In summary, it charges that the news story was biased, [Read More...]

“Prediction” vs. “Prophecy”: Nitpicking to Salvage a Lie

In the WHAS11 News coverage of William Branham and the Message, they aired a video clip in which Branham is seen vehemently voicing his prediction that the Second Coming of Jesus will happen in 1977. How do Message believers reconcile this claim with the fact that we’re living in 2012? By conveniently latching onto one [Read More...]

The WHAS11 Louisville News story on William Branham and the Message: a review

I am very impressed with Mr. Wasler’s coverage of the Message on WHAS11. It could easily have been a sensationalist piece, focused on the “horrible exploits of the Branhamite cult.” Instead, it was a balanced and accurate portrayal of a large segment of the Message population. Not all Message believers accept the doctrine of Branham’s [Read More...]

Breaking: William Branham on the news

A friend just sent me a link to WHAS11 News, a Louisville program airing a special about William Branham and the Message of the Hour: 11 News @ 6pm: I-Team Investigates William Branham A Message-believing sect has also been accused of child abuse and molestation in Germany. Groups like Seek Ye the Truth are now [Read More...]

Christian Zionism and the Holocaust

My church was obsessed with Israel. [Read more...]

Contradictions: Who’s the Visual-est of Them All?

Fundamentalists argue that women should dress conservatively because men are visual. This is supposedly something women can’t possibly understand, because women are emotional, not visual. Women become attracted to men through flirtation and flattery; indeed, male visuality is like a foreign language to them. Men are not obliged to cover up for women for this [Read More...]


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