I am sure by now you’ve heard the shocking news that Christian author Rachel Held Evans is dead at 37 years old. She passed on this morning after a medical misadventure resulting from an allergic reaction this week to an antibiotic. Rachel was an influential blogger and author who managed to still be a Christian and not a toxic female cultural enforcer.
Many of my favorite other Patheos bloggers have already said all the good things there are to say about Rachel and her shocking death. Like Hemant of The Friendly Atheist I have had my own correspondence with Rachel. I’ll miss her, she was a delightful woman who had the courage to take unpopular stances against the more toxic ideas in the Evangelical world.
Shortly after I left my first toxic church, when I was still crying every day over the river of hate being flung my way Rachel made me laugh with her book “A Year of Biblical Womanhood”. This book was where she examined how the women of the Bible lived. It took some quite funny and strange turns. But for me it was part of my healing journey out of my old Quiverfull church.
Her take on so many things, Bible or not, will be missed, a rational voice in the midst of the more hating versions of Christianity.
But, in the midst of this sorrow we always get a few uglier people rejoicing over her death, this time being led by hater in chief Lori Alexander of The Transformed Wife. In Lori’s super secret chatroom and other places Lori has been sharing about the death, not directly admitting her happiness at the death of Rachel, and how she thinks Rachel is now burning in hell. But it is still disgraceful, disrespectful and disgusting.
and her followers…
While Lori does not actually come out and say she’s burning in hell Lori has certainly made her views of Rachel well known through the years. Even if she’s removed the worst of her postings on Rachel from her blog. Now Lori attempts to exploit and profit off her death by talking about Rachel, leading her pack of male followers, men she’s ‘teaching’ to say these most awful things that she will not erase. Women are saying detestable things, but not to the same level of vitriol of the men. This is only one tiny slice of what is being said over in the cockroach nest that is Lori’s social media right now.
We all know how quickly Lori deletes anything by women that does not kiss her rump the way she likes it. But not men. Men are allowed to stay, to talk about raping their wives, being abusive, blaming and bashing women for their own shortcomings, and now speaking ill of the dead with impunity.
Thankfully this seems to have woken up a few of the more fervent supporters of Ms. Alexander.
Lori Alexander, ghoulishly trying to score more hits for money in the wake of Rachel Held Evans death. Stirring the pot. There you have it folks. The true Lori.
Lori keeps saying she is the transformed wife, the only transformation I’ve seen is that she has become must meaner, evil and hateful.
Edited to add: To all of you who think I’m being unjustly harsh towards Lori here is her own words on why she’s harping on the death of Rachel.
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