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For many people, religion indoctrinated them with a lot of limiting, destructive and self-sabotaging ideas.

A few of them are:
I am inherently bad.
I can't trust myself.
My heart is wicked.
I deserve punishment.
I don't measure up.
I am powerless.
Self-denial is holiness.
I need forgiveness for who I am.
I need saved from myself.
I am worthless on my own.
Staying in an abusive relationship is spiritual.
Clinical therapy is a lack of faith.
Self-care is selfish.
The world is evil.
If I mess up I will lose my salvation and go to hell.
People I deeply love are in hell or will go there.
Everything outside my church culture is a threat.
I can never be good enough.
Feelings are dangerous and not trustworthy.
I am not capable of thinking for myself.
Conformity is true discipleship.
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1. As yet more Jerry Falwell Jr. scandals come to light, I've decided to do a thread of everything I've ever written about him and Liberty University in the context of exposing evangelical authoritarianism. But let's start with the latest and a summary for those late to the party
The latest is this. "Pool boy" Giancarlo Granda has now accused Falwell of sharing a picture with him of a Liberty University student exposing herself on the Falwells' farm.

Now to where we've been over the last few days…

#WednesdayThoughts #EmptyThePews
3. So, in an attempt to get ahead of the damning revelations about to drop re: Jerry Falwell watching while Granda cuckolded him, Falwell tried to blame the whole thing on his wife. Called it an affair "in which I was not involved."

Becki F. is now pushing the same apparent lie
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Don't discount manipulation, abuse just because someone is technically an adult or a male. #MenToo

Vulnerability, immaturity and powerful religious figures with friends in the highest office make saying no a privilege.…

End #ReligiousAbuse #EmptyThePews
"Granda showed Reuters emails, text messages and other evidence that he says demonstrate the sexual nature of his relationship with the couple... “multiple times per year” – and said the encounters took place at hotels in Miami and New York, and at the Falwells’ home in Virginia"
Interesting both the Falwell's relationship with Granda and their relationship with Michael Cohen are said to have started in 2012 before Falwell became the first Evangelical to endorse the current president (before candidacy was announced).
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Saw a closeted Christian rockstar friend of mine while I was in Nashville last week, and my heart is just broken for them. I love them so much. And I’m also pissed off. There is a dark cloud over the Christian music industry, and several things anger me about all of this...
1. People who work with him and don’t have a relationship with me anymore know he is gay or convince themselves that he struggles with “same sex attraction”, but as long as he don’t say those words and they all pretend he’s not, they work together and they can love him.
2. The Christian music industry thrives in hiding things that are supposedly wrong and make it all taboo. If this person would come out it could change countless lives & possibly force the Christian music industry to change or crumble. Either one would be a positive step forward.
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27 choices I made, rebuilding my life after religion:
1. Made peace with my religious past. 2. Took responsibility in determining my beliefs through critical thinking, direct experience, and self-reflection. 3. Stopped dividing up the world into "sacred" and "secular.”
4. Began trusting my natural abilities, skills and tools to guide and direct my life in a way that is meaningful to me.
5. Started looking past labels and stereotypes, and relating to the deepest reality I knew was present in every human being.
6. Shifted my mindset about my humanness from being a liability to an asset. 7. Resisted the need to build a persona around being a spiritual person. 8. Explored ultimate reality and life’s existential questions through science, philosophy and psychology.
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10 ways toxic religion damages kids: (1) Telling kids they are born into this world intrinsically bad, absent of inherent worth, and repulsive to God.
(2) Telling kids that their sinfulness is so bad that it left God no choice but to brutalize, torture and execute his only child.
(3) Telling kids that their most natural inclinations are deceitful, and that they should not trust their thoughts and feelings.

(4) Using fear and shame to manipulate kids into adopting certain beliefs and practices related to God.
(5) Teaching kids that the rejection, hatred or diminishment of unbelieving or different-believing human beings is a sign of devotion to God.

(6) Teaching kids that it is wrong to question people in authority, particularly religious leaders or teachers.
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Time to reclaim my ability to read. This should provide motivation. @kkdumez Image
Boom. Three pages into the intro and BOOM. Image
Naming the culture. I’m old enough (and got out long enough ago) to have missed out on some of these things, but this is so much on point about conservative white evangelical culture (there’s gotta be a shortcut to that; CWEC?). Image
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@dr_jfprice There was this whole brouhaha on #exvangelical Twitter yesterday, really a sort of brouhaha reprise over whether blanket denunciations of Christianity (at least by white former Christians are racist), which is the context here.
@dr_jfprice The last time this happened, it was a direct attempt by one white ex-evangelical to “cancel” another. The canceler in that case also joined in the attempt to cancel me going on around that time, one of the ringleaders of which is the person who started things yesterday.
@dr_jfprice The person who threw out this thing yesterday has lied about me behind my back in a vicious attempt to destroy me, so I really wish I could side fully against her and fully with the people she’s attacking.…
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*Heavy Sigh* This chucklehead, Couy Griffin is from the town I was born in and grew up in. I know folks in his family. This is my roots. This is the kind of nonsense I left. 1/
While this may seem on the surface as "small town politics" this has wider reaching implications. Couy Griffin is more than just a County Commissioner. He's one of many Evangelical threats to the United States. @C_Stroop might be interested in this. 2/
Before becoming a County Commissioner, Couy Griffin was a pastor at New Heart Cowboy Church in Alamogordo. Cowboy churches is a melding of the Evangelical church and Cowboy Culture. Its' like "Gospel Bill" for grown ups. 3/
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1/ Today, just south of me, in Austin Texas, right-wing funded protesters, with some obvious Evangelicals were protesting the stay at home order. (Actually just a trump rally since Gov. @GregAbbott_TX is a Trump bootlicker and already making idiotic moves to reopen Texas)
2/ In the above picture of the gathered plague enthusiasts, you might notice the banner that reads "Texas will not take the mark of the beast." My #Exvangelical eyes rolled very hard. Apocalyptic theology is stupid and dangerous.
3/ As @C_Stroop has stated when talking about Evangelicals and end times belief, ". . . there is a dangerous likelihood that, in the conditions we face, their end times speculations could become human-caused self-fulfilling prophecies."…
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Man, what a day. I'm so thankful for @C_Stroop and her strategies to counteract Evangelical nonsense. After this angering scene, things just got weird. 1/
On a break from self imposed isolation, I went out to support a few local businesses in the rural Hill Country. Don't worry, I washed my hands, maintained a safe distance, took sanitizer and limited my contact with folks. 2/
At my final stop, dropping off a few supplies and picking up things my family needed, I decided to chill and have a glass of wine (alcohol laws are pretty loose right now in Texas. No glass sales, but bottle sales and outside consumption on private property is still cool). 3/
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1. Hey all, I try not to make these appeals too often, but I'm going to thread some of my recent achievements and ask you to support me via @Patreon, if you value my work and can afford to pay even just a few dollars a month for it:

@Patreon 2. I need your help to remain a full-time writer, speaker, commentator, and advocate, because as of yet, at least, those things bring in some money, but not enough to pay the bills.

First on the list of recent accomplishments of course is the #EmptyThePews anthology:
@Patreon 3. Most of you are aware that I coedited this essay collection with @laureneoneal, and that we worked on it for years to bring the project to fruition…

What you may not know is that royalties will be paid quarterly and almost certainly won't pay the bills
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Thread: My nephew sent me a link to an article about Evangelical terrorism in Brazil. I haven't really paid attention to Brazil, other than knowing it was right wing clusterf*ck led by a Trumplike maniac named Bolsonaro. But damn, this article is crazy 1/…
If you think Evangelicalism in America isn't scary enough by itself, look at Brazil where it's become a powerhouse in just a few years. Keep your clutching pearls close by, though, because the U.S. is on the same path. 2/
Highlights in the story focus mostly on the "Soldiers of Jesus" an Evangelical gang which terrorizes religious minorities and forces them to shut down places of worship while wielding guns. Brazil has already seen children stoned by zealots. 3/…
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woulda been nice to grow up in a church where anger was an acceptable emotion
there's a group of men that for various reasons have learned to be extra empathetic
grew up in a church community that represses anger/frustration/resentment
(a common reason for learning the extra emotional awareness is to get-by in disorganized and troubled families)
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1. Comparing “killing 310,000 Democrats & freeing their Black slaves” to “freeing babies alive from the womb” is the weirdest civil war threat I’ve seen from the Right.

But I’d be remiss not to point out that right-wing Christian ideologues do regularly draw a direct line here.
2. Christian Right gaslighting often takes the form of claiming the legacy of historical victories everyone now agrees are good things (and taming their radicalism in the process—see white evangelicals quoting Martin Luther King, for example).

But it gets weirder.

3. Right-wing Christians love to claim they’d have been on the right side of history w/o ever having to question or challenge their own privilege in any way. Thus they assert a parallel between freeing slaves and fighting Hitler on the one hand, and opposing abortion on the other
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"Black & white" dogma has harmed so many #faithfullyLGBT folks (and even straight / #exvangelical peeps too) so it's understandable to avoid ANY of that rhetoric, but some things *are* really bad and the harm comes not from binary language but from not naming that
Racism is bad.
Transphobia is bad.
Sexism is bad.
Homo/bi/queerphobia is bad.

We can have grace *for people* and be clear about the *impact of action*
Even the Bible (at risk of being a cherry-picker like evangelicals) admonishes against this "middle ground" sometimes: "So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth." - Revelation 3:16
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1. It's the end of the month, so I'm gonna do a little monthly recap of what I've been up to this month and make a little pitch for supporting me via @Patreon if you find my work valuable and can afford to:

#MondayMotivation #EmptyThePews #crowdfunding
@Patreon 2. If I had to summarize what I've been up to this month, I'd say my work has primarily focused on pushing back against attempts to whitewash Christian nationalism and the dangerous anti-democratic views of the Christian Right. I did so in @jdforward here…
@Patreon @jdforward 3. And I followed up further on what's wrong with attempts to represent white evangelicals' Christian Zionism as benign in this piece for @RDispatches:…

#exvangelical #EmptyThePews #Resist
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Want to witness a #Survivor take her power back? Read on and retweet.

I wrote a letter to my former pastors who ignored the abuse I reported to them eighteen years ago, and I posted it on the review section of the churches that employ them.


#Exvangelical #EmptyThePews
Click the following links and search for the review under Angie Jay. You will find the letters and the names of their intended recipients.…

All day yesterday, I felt badly for @Northroadchurch because I thought...

they were being pulled into something that happened so long ago.
This church just happens to be within walking distance of my house, and they just happened to hire the youth pastor from my former church who ignored my abuse and let my abuser continue to work with students.
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What kind of relationship should an organization representing religion journalism have with religious institutions and leaders? However we answer that question, RNA is past the point of being ethically compromised:…

#SundayThoughts #RNA2019 #EmptyThePews
To be fair, RNA is far from alone in having crossed what I believe should be bright lines. For example, @nytimes and @washingtonpost largely let evangelicals cover themselves, without including critical perspectives, which is wildly irresponsible.

#SundayMorning #EmptyThePews
And the U.S. flagship organization for the academic study of religion, the American Academy of Religion, like @ReligionReport accepts sponsorship from religious organizations, incl. highly problematic ones, and falls to draw a clear line between theology and secular scholarship.
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All right guys, since you all are being so amazing in helping me defeat my nemesis, and because I turned 29 last week, I've decided to do a little introductory thread. Just so you all know what you're in for.

29 things about me!
1. I am a writer. I wrote a fantasy novel two years ago and I signed with my agent last February. It's currently on submission to publishers.

Now that you follow me, you're legally obligated to buy it once it's published. Sorry, I don't make the rules.
2. I am a musician. I play guitar and piano, occasionally write my own songs. I love all kinds of music.
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“Americans have retained their illusions of freedom.”

Among liberal to progressive folks it’s ofc often those with the most wealth and power, who will be last to feel real consequences from U.S. authoritarianism, who cling most tightly to the illusion.

#MondayMorning #Resist
This is what we’re up against when it comes to trying to get major press outlets like @nytimes and @washingtonpost, to say nothing of cable news, to stop normalizing extremism. And a related barrier is that we’re not used to viewing any large group of Christians critically.
White evangelicals are Trump’s key base. 80% of them 45 and older rate Trump favorably. 60% aged 18-44 do as well, and a good chuck of the other 40% in that age demographic will vote for him in 2020 anyway. Mark my words.…

#exvangelical #EmptyThePews
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Lest you think that white evangelicalism is perhaps experiencing some shame recently, let me introduce you to a special lectureship series held by a church of Christ in Mississippi under the title "Power Lectures: The Politically Incorrect Church of Christ." #EmptyThePews 1/6
Here are just a few of these special lecture titles:
"Love, Honor, Obey: The Head of the Woman is the Man." (patriarchy anyone?)
"Animals are People Too? The Animal Rights Movement." (earth dominionism)
For women only: "Jezebel" (🤦‍♀️)
"Going to Heaven Without a College Degree" (anti-education)
"Understanding Islam" (they really don't)
"Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child" (child-abuse as godly)
"The Young Earth" (anti-science)
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Question for all the #exvangelical #exfundie #exchristian moms out there, if you nursed your child(ren):
Did you, too, encounter bizarre attitudes about breastfeeding in your time in church? #thread
It started when my son was tiny - he didn't nurse until he was 5 weeks old, so I pumped and syringe fed (with my husband's help) every two hours around the clock for 5 weeks until he could latch.
I was told it was just my pride making me fight to nurse.
When he finally could nurse, where, when, and how often I nursed him became ammunition for them, beginning with my mother.
I was "being seductive" by nursing in public, nevermind that I had him in a sling and was wearing a tank under my shirt.
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So here's the thing. I've spent since 2015 talking to my MAGA friends and family, trying to initiate dialogue about how 45's whole ethos is the opposite of what they say they stand for as #Christian #evangelicals and #fundamentalists. (A thread.)
What they *say* they believe - love for humankind, protection of the most vulnerable, honouring marriage, intact family units - is so very clearly NOT what this administration stands for.
I've lost touch with many of these people because I won't shut up in the face of what they are endorsing. I've tried appealing to their better natures, discussing spiritual ramifications, trying to build bridges. Trying to understand them.
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