2016. What a year! There were moments when I felt blogging was the only way I could pour out my distress and anger at what I saw happening around me, and other moments when I wanted to close my computer and turn off the internet forever.
Below are my top ten most-read posts of 2016, in reverse order. Most were written in 2016, but a few are old favorites from past years that continue to be widely read.
1o. Women Are Already Being Prosecuted for Having Abortions. This is a very, very serious problem, and one we need to draw more attention to.
9. Norway’s Bodnariu Children Removed over Child Abuse, Not Christian Indoctrination. This story has a lot to tell us about the maintenance of the evangelical persecution narrative and the creation of internet myths.
8. Christian Homeschool Leader Announces Conference for Arranging Child Marriages. Why are some conservative religious communities so fixated on marrying off their children at a young age? The answer isn’t pretty.
7. What No One Said about Rey (Star Wars Spoilers!). Last year’s Star Wars reboot reflected interesting changes in the public performance of gender.
6. The Problem with Gender Roles. That this post from 2011 has become a time-tested favorite continues to surprise me, but it has become a staple nonetheless.
5. Nagmeh Abedini, Franklin Graham, and the Silencing of Evangelical Abuse Victims. I found this story profoundly troubling when it surfaced last year, and I’m glad it gained attention. Unfortunately, the leadership refuses to budge.
4. How I Lost Faith in the Pro-Life Movement. This 2011 post is my all-time most read post, and it’s just as relevant today as it was five years ago.
3. No, Minecraft Does Not Have a Sex Mod. This was one internet rumor I couldn’t not rebut. I absolutely abhor misinformation.
2. This Pro-Life Simone Biles Meme Gets It All Wrong. I wish those in the pro-life movementwould put real effort into improving the lives of children.
1. Josh Harris Apologizes. Unfortunately, the famous purity culture advocate’s apology still leaves much to be desired.
What will 2017 bring? If the same writers are in charge of 2017 that wrote 2016, things could get only worse. But I refuse to be so pessimistic. This election brought out a lot of ugliness, but it also woke a lot of people up to the continuing problems our country faces. Along with the hatred, I saw renewed support for women’s rights and immigrant rights, refugee advocacy and religious minorities. All is not over.
If Obama was A New Hope and Trump is The Empire Strikes Back, we need to organize and prepare the way for The Return of the Jedi.
Here’s to many new posts in 2017!
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