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

From wikimedia commons.

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...]

I Voted! (Suck it, Mr. Branham.)

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Growing up fundamentalist, I was reminded on a near monthly basis that I shouldn’t be allowed to vote. It was inescapable. Central to the Message of the Hour theology was a set of seven prophecies by William Branham that were supposed to usher in the end of the world. My church vigilantly watched, alongside its [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...]

Good idea, bad idea.

Anybody remember these? A couple of people apparently found my blog using the following google searches today: train my wife to submit william branham listen to over and over again (Seriously, guys, just say no.) So, I present you with a special Good Idea, Bad Idea episode inspired by these delightful searches: Good Idea Train [Read More...]

Some Interesting Merchandise from Voice of God Recordings

The following are screen captures from the Voice of God Recordings website, illustrating some of the merchandise they provide to believers who follow William Branham’s ministry. This is the organization under Joseph Branham, William’s son, and is the major distributor of Message recordings, transcribed sermons, the life story of William Branham (written by a believer), [Read More...]

Forsberg’s full WHAS11 interview

Those who have followed my comments on the WHAS11 Lousiville story on William Branham and the Message will be interested to see the full interview of David Forsberg on facebook here. Forsberg is a Message believer from Norway who was interviewed during a visit to Branham’s grave for Easter 2012. Forsberg’s views on Branham’s resurrection are [Read More...]

Christian Fundamentalist Homophobia, Part Two: The Argument is in the Eyebrows

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...]

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...]


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