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1. While there hasn’t been much recent media attention to the #ExposeChristianSchools hashtag that went viral in January, the discussion continues, along with #ExposeChristianHomeschooling and threads on primary sources. I want to share some highlights and ideas in this thread.
2. Why do Christian schools need exposing? Short answer: the Christian Right has radicalized the GOP and is in power. It is the single greatest threat to democracy and human rights in America today. And private schools and homeschooling are part of its long-term plan.
3. To understand how Christian Reconstructioists/Dominionists played and play an active role in creating evangelical school and homeschooling curricula as a means of radicalizing children and mobilizing them to impose theocracy, read @julieingersoll's book Building God's Kingdom.
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1. Now that the 4chan-to-FOX fueled right-wing frenzy over the #ExposeChristianSchools hashtag has faded, it should be easier to have a needed public discussion about the deleterious impact of certain types of parochial schools on American society and politics.
2. I am a product of K-12 Christian schools--that is, evangelical schools, which usually call themselves "Christian schools" or "Christian academies." Hence, when I coined the hashtag #ExposeChristianSchools, I did not anticipate Catholic schools being a part of the discussion.
3. That point was lost when the hashtag became conflated with the Covington story. It's perfectly fine to expand the #ExposeChristianSchools discussion into one that includes not only fundamentalist/evangelical schools, but also Catholic and mainline schools, of course.
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Evangelicals live in an alternate reality where the only really important thing is for people to believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and that Jesus died for their sins. The church’s reputation is a “witness” to that. 1/9

#Exvangelical #ChristianAltFacts
So when they see something like #ExposeChristianSchools or any similar exposé of Christian institutions, that's all they're thinking about. Not social issues, material impact, or even the common task of building society with non-Christians. 2/9

#Exvangelical #ChristianAltFacts
If you point out that this just ends up constantly bolstering Christian power and harming women, queer people, POC, indigenous people, etc. they see you as threatening the church's "witness" and the only important task--making converts. 3/9

#Exvangelical #ChristianAltFacts
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1) I shared my experiences with sexual abuse and #PurityCulture in Christian schools, and a portion of that experience appears in this @nytimes article. Now I want to talk about recovery.…
2) Yesterday someone remarked that I’d “marched right over” these experiences, and turned out great. I guess it could loom that way. I’m thriving in school, headed to law school in the fall, I’m happy and healthy with a great support system and a clear sense of self.
3) But the way they phrased it, “marched right over,” took me aback. It felt so trivial. Now, anyone who has experienced trauma knows that the healing process is not easy, that it requires work and dedication and there are a dozen low points for every victory.
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1. Florida State Senator Dennis Baxley is an elder at The Vine Community Church, a Southern Baptist Convention affiliate in Ocala, Fl. His consistent advocacy for this type of legislation shows how nakedly dishonest evangelicals are—and we let them get away with it. #Exvangelical
2. What do I mean by referring to the naked dishonesty of (the vast majority of white/conservative) evangelicals in this context? Note Baxley's demand that public schools teach "different worldviews" on topics such as climate change and evolution. It's clearly disingenuous.
3. And we know it's disingenuous not just because there is a long established pattern of evangelical behavior in this regard, although there is, and actions speak louder than words. We also know it from what evangelicals have said and written, and that term "worldview" is key.
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Maybe it's just me, but it seems like #ExposeChristianSchools is getting more & higher-profile pushback than things like #EmptyThePews or #ChristianAltFacts -- and I wanted to explore some reasons that might be.
I grew up in evangelical-land during the 70s and 80s, and left the church in the 90s, so my experiences were before a lot of the other people who share their #Exvangelical stories on here.
I ~saw~ these changes happening in the church -- the move toward right wing politics, Christian patriarchy, anti-demonic paranoia, etc. -- but I saw a lot of them in their early, nascent forms
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1. Baptist pastor rants against #ExposeChristianSchools in an op-ed dripping with sarcasm—color me shocked. Scratch just below the surface, though, and you see how he exemplifies what we’re criticizing, even apart from the shittiness of deflecting criticism and mocking survivors.
2. Straight off the bat, Pastor Bo goes to Proverbs 22:6. "Train up a child in the way he should go" is a verse that is weaponized against kids in evangelical subculture. It doesn't just serve to "justify" corporal punishment, although it does do that (along with "spare the rod")
3. Note the end of the verse, "and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Kids are expected to conform exactly to rigid white supremacist patriarchal norms in evangelical subculture. Obedience is emphasized at the expense of curiosity and openness. #ExposeChristianSchools
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I think absolute experiences are rare. I certainly had a lot positive that I *could* say, but there’s a combination of factors enabling that: Circumstance, my privilege, and the fact that many people at least *think* they’re doing right.


...there are three major themes to the hashtag that are really what it’s about. Let’s be real, over the years you attend school, there’s almost always good *and* bad. The question is what general conditions are acceptable for children’s education.

1a. Many Christian schools use curricula that teach patent falsehoods (#ChristianAltFacts) that will hinder children’s ability to easily transition to higher education or make informed decisions as participants in a pluralistic, democratic society.

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@SimonWDC YES!! Simon, this is the culmination of a 50+ years, long-term, plan of the GOP. They're trying to destroy the federal govt from within. Once it's accomplished, they'll blame trump & ditch him 4 Pence. Pence was their preferred POTUS all along.
@SimonWDC Are you familiar with Council for National Policy? Everyone, but trump, is a member/affiliated with the group. IMHO this is a revenge presidency for Nixon. Republicans hate liberals/Democrats. I heard it in church during 15/16. Please look at this. 2/
@SimonWDC #Exvangelicals, like me, have been trying to get the media & others to listen to us. Did you know that the evangelical charlatans ran a HUGE data operation to elect trump? The GOP has been taken over by religious zealots that want theocracy by 2020. #ChristianTaliban
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Friday night #Exvangelical thread

"The Remedy For Racism"
"Christian Supremacy Fixes White Supremacy, Amirite"
I have some new followers thanks to kind boosts by @JTReese89 and @c_stroop, so I'm going to reintroduce myself.

I'm an #exvangelical agnostic Christian (I follow Jesus and I'm comfortable being uncertain whether there's a God or gods).

I write about evangelicals in politics.
Specifically, I write about one relatively-unknown Evangelical with an outsize influence in politics: Ralph 'Ralphie' Drollinger, founder of "Capitol Ministries", a #Christofascist organization aiming to convert elected officials to fundamentalism, both US & worldwide.
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1. I amplify a lot of fundraising requests. I know this may annoy some of my followers, but I want to take a moment to talk about why I do this. I considered snarking the screenshot posted below with a "Men On the Internet" tweet, but I think I should do this in a serious way.
2. I'm an advocate for the #Exvangelical community, which consists of people who have escaped fundamentalist/evangelical Christianity, an authoritarian and damaging form of Protestantism that upholds white supremacist patriarchy:…

3. We exvies were mostly indoctrinated as children, and many of us are still relatively young and not yet economically established. Or at least the latter. If you haven't lived abusive, authoritarian religion, you don't know how hard it is to leave:…
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I did a poll a few weeks back and this essay was the top vote-getter, so today let's come to grips with the religion of Fundamentalism and look at one of Ralphie's most infamous essays: "Coming To Grips With The Religion of Environmentalism"…
This essay was first brought to my attention by @ReaderAdrift who provides a concise summary and warning here.
This is one of the many essays where Ralphie ignores his own statements on "I don't write policy, I win hearts for Christ" and directly instructs lawmakers on how they should vote on key issues if they want to be good Christians. Ralphie is but God's chosen messenger.
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1/ For those who might be interested, here's a recap of my some of my 2018 threads courtesy of @threadreaderapp. This one was a discussion on the problems concerning "the" Bible as the inerrant word of God. This clearly falls under #ChristianAltFacts.…
2/ This other thread dealt with the social practice of "speaking in tongues," and the problems related to the interpretation of Acts 2; a text which should be understood as an etiological narrative.…
3/ Upon the recommendation of @4GWDOTDOTDOT, I read and gave a short assessment of a study done by Francesca Tripodi entitled, “Searching for Alternate Facts: Analyzing Scriptural Inference in Conservative News Practices.” Here were some of my thoughts.…
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I’m finally reading Pure by @LindaKayKlein, and I’ve decided to tweet a thread of quotes and observations over however long it takes me to finish. I’ve just started, and I’m already impressed by the prose and the insights.

#Exvangelical #PurityCulture #EmptyThePews #ChurchToo
On page 3, Klein brilliantly links Freud’s concept of the taboo to the evangelical understanding of a stumbling block. Freud: “A person may become permanently or temporarily taboo” if this person incites “forbidden desires of others” and awakens “the ambivalent conflict in them.”

“After all, my sexual energy, sometimes off-color humor, and the ‘50s pinup va-va-voom of the hips I’d recently acquired were already worrying some in my community.”

“I was taboo—guarded and guarded against—long before I had ever done anything ‘wrong.’”

She was sixteen.
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This "study" obvs had first-rate methodology; it distinguishes between those super-really-important-how-dare-PRRI-and-Pew-ignore-them categories of self-identified evangelicals and "evangelicals by belief."

#Exvangelical #EvangelicalIntoEnglish #ChristianAltFacts #EmptyThePews
What's wrong with what sounds like a reasonable sociological distinction to make? The more salient sociological difference here is between white evangelicals and evangelicals of color. Lifeway's approach obscures those differences to make white evangelicals look better.
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1. Don't be taken in by that @saletan piece in @Slate trying to distance evangelicals from Trump. It's part of a PR blitz by slick evangelical leaders and their allies who are skilled at gaining an undeserved image of moderation:…

2. While the vast majority of white evangelicals share the views of Falwell and Jeffress, who @saletan inaccurately calls "un-Christian," a number of in fact hardline conservative white evangelical leaders who have criticized Trump give cover to extremists. @Saletan was taken in.
3. The piece I linked in the first tweet above will give you a primer on why Ed Stetzer's "moderate" image is smoke and mirrors derived from intellectual dishonesty. Let's take a look at some of the other usual suspects, beginning with @MJGerson.…
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#ExvangelicalConfessions: Circa 4th grade I wrote a poem that began with, “Way back in 1621, the first Thanksgiving was begun.” And it’s probably good that I don’t remember the rest of it. 😆

#ChristianAltFacts #Exvangelical #EmptyThePews
#Livetweeting now from my locked bedroom. My pastor is reading some kind of devotional about gratitude. I definitely heard him mention Charles Spurgeon. I chose a good time to introvert out. I should have brought some alcohol in here, though. #Thanksgiving2018
The ‘Pilgrim’ “Jesus Loves Me” song has started. The chorus is “Thank you, Lord Jesus, ... thank you for everything.” The verses are patriotic pablum. Free to worship, mountains, “the land in which we live,” etc.

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This week, I gave my grandfather's Bible to my son. (A thread.)

I loved Grandpa. We became close when I was a teen, after I got past my horror from him suggesting I have my hand amputated when I was 7. My parents weren't 'godly' enough to do it.
(2) I had grabbed my brother in self-defence, and my hand hit his crotch. Grandpa leaned over and said "If your parents really followed God, they'd cut your hand off for touching a man there. It's in the Bible."
(3) When I was 16, he and I had a Come to Jesus moment. I told him off - politely but firmly - for something he'd done. He shocked me by apologizing; I'm pretty sure I'm the first person in the family to get an actual apology from him.
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#Exvangelical/#ChristianAltFacts story time! Been sitting on this one a while.
CW: Mentions of rape, suicide, and abusive thinking
A lot of you guys who know me on here probably know that I deal with a lot of self-hate. It started with me getting really mad at myself as a kid. 1/
I went from a self-deprecating remark here and there to crying, yelling, hitting myself and thinking I deserved to die by the beginning of high school, and I saw my parents' reactions change too - from comforting, to dismissing, to my mom threatening physical punishment. 2/
A bit counterproductive of course, but it was enough to keep me quiet.
The funny thing is, the threats weren't bc of an emergency (I never really hurt myself or attempted suicide or anything), or bc I owed myself better. I actually didn't really get much of a reason. 3/
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I was home schooled with #AcceleratedChristianEducation as well- and it is hard to know where to begin. The years of isolation? The flat-out lies? The misogyny and gender roles and loch ness monster cited as proof evolution is a myth? #ChristianAltFacts
How about this fact about my homeschool- my "diploma" is absolutely meaningless.
Unaccredited, counts for nothing.

I was told by church members god had other plans for me than college- I'm a GIRL so have babies.

I try to stay positive, and look to the future and what I can do- but seriously, having been taught a bunch of lies as #homeschool that lead to a useless diploma has been a huge (avoidable) problem.

#ChristianAltFacts aren't "just words". They have real life consequences.
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1/ Like @C_Stroop, since I'm not in church on Sundays, here are some #ChristianAltFacts I learned and taught as a former evangelical pastor. The idea of "Spiritual Warfare" was part of my worldview. Here's a @YouTube video I did recently on this idea.

2/ "Spiritual Warfare" is a #ChristianAltFact responsible for the #AltReality of some Christians. The idea has been around for some time, but was significantly popularized and promoted by the New Apostolic Reformation. A must read is Weaver's book on NAR.
3/ "Spiritual Warfare" guru, C. Peter Wagner, was aware of the impact the NAR could have on Brazil. We've seen how the evangelical vote played on Bolsonaro's recent victory. "Spiritual Warfare" ideas were certainly embraced by many of these voters.

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1. A mini-thread for those shocked by #ChristianAltFacts and wanting a deeper dive into what sort of subculture indoctrinates children into such absurd and terrifying beliefs. The mindfuck starts young, and as a kid you’re pressured to convert other kids:…
2. Here’s an essay on what being educated in the would be “respectable” version of that subculture was like. Cognitive dissonance galore!

3. Here's an essay that brings moral foundations theory to bear on analysis of authoritarian religious communities. White evangelicalism is overwhelmingly authoritarian.…

#ChristianAltFacts #Exvangelical #EmptyThePews
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Forget childhood. In the last two years I’ve been told by my mom that I can catch gayness from getting a haircut/massage by a gay man. That the Bible says having a female roommate is wrong (specific passages). That Hillary Clinton is a literal witch. #ChristianAltFacts
That people in the occult have been going in & putting curses on people in bars/clubs, which is what prompts shootings like the one that happened this week. That Obama is being controlled by an evil spirit trying to take the nation down (He’s also a Muslim). #ChristianAltFacts
She claimed the occult was trying to target Trump on Halloween, for a blood sacrifice and that the shooting in the synagogue was a precursor to that. #ChristianAltFacts
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1. On the Christian Right, this is known as “presuppositionalism.” In my high school AP biology class (yes, really)—a class where we did a recombinant DNA lab with bacteria—we watched a “flood geology” video that serves as an example of how this works.

#EmptyThePews #Resist
2. The narrator was a “creation scientist” who explained that when “evolutionists” look at the Grand Canyon, b/c of their presuppositions, they conclude it took million of years to form. He insisted the same evidence could support the conclusion of rapid formation by Noah’s flood
3. Presuppositionalism is Christian fundamentalism’s version of post-truth. It spread from Christian Reconstructionism, the most radical, hardline Calvinist form of dominionism, into “mainstream” evangelicalicalism via homeschooling and Christian school curricula.
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