The Devil’s Phone

The Devil’s Phone March 11, 2020

By W. Scott Parker III 

 “The exodus of evangelical youth is so swift that demographers now predict that evangelicals will likely cease being a major political force in presidential elections by 2024.” – Nina Burleigh, Newsweek. We can certainly pray this happens. Working as a counselor at Recovering from Religion, I have noted something interesting and perhaps confirming.

I’ve handled a number of chats from Fundie Children, mid to late teens. They are sick of the bullshit and pretending. Remember, these are some of the most “protected” kids out there. Forced to endure a daily diet of inculcation since the age of three, homeschooled, sheltered from the Devil’s World, only allowed to play with the “like-minded,” questions discouraged, and the threats. “Toe the party line or your father and I will withhold your homeschool diploma.” “Love Jesus or we’ll cut you off from your siblings!” North Korea can only envy such enforcement from the parents.

The horror, of course, is that this takes place not in the DPRK, but right here, in good ole ‘murica. Perhaps just down the block from you. Now here’s the kicker.

These kids have, with virtually no help, on their own, figured out christianity is bullshit. They aren’t calling us at RfR to ask questions about exploring Free Thought. They are already there. What they want is out!

My suspicion is their progressive state is due a number of factors. The utter hypocrisy, hate, and support of Trump they see. Access to the internet via the Devil’s Phone. And, being able to communicate with other like-minded “prisoners.” Ever tried to take away the phone from a teen, any teen!? This gives me hope that the Newsweek article may just be on to something!


About W. Scott Parker III
W. Scott Parker III is an American actor, director, and writer. He also volunteers with Recovering from Religion. You can read more about the author here.
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