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1. On a related note, the #Exvangelical community absolutely won the battle for public visibility when it comes to yesterday's #GC2Summit at Wheaton College, a PR stunt through which evangelicals hoped to retain control of the narrative regarding abuse. #ChurchToo #EmptyThePews
2. Just look at all the coverage that has quoted @emilyjoypoetry and/or @juleswoodson11 and included the #Exvangelical criticism of Ed Stetzer's event, where evangelicals strove to be appear to be taking abuse seriously while holding onto abusive patriarchal, anti-queer theology.
3. Here are several examples, and my understanding is that more coverage favorable to the #Exvangelical take on the #GC2Summit is on the way. Stetzer, Moore, Lucado and company have failed to control the story. This is huge.

religionnews.com/2018/12/10/end…

dailyherald.com/news/20181213/…
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A #FF thanks to religion reporters, commentators, editors who have included #Exvangelical voices in discussions of evangelicalism:

@ninaburleigh @sarahposner @PaulHRosenberg @rklein90 @emmillerwrites @kbeccaandrews @JulieZauzmer @evanderkacz @JosiahMHesse @fenix_rising
Also thank you and #FF @lizkineke @NotoriousTIB @SarahBurris. I'm sure there are more I'm missing off the top of my head. I'm grateful the #Exvangelical community is finally getting the hearing we deserve; that we are being treated as stakeholders on the topic of evangelicalism.
I must also thank @jeffjarvis for his consistent Twitter advocacy for our community and his insistence that #Exvangelical perspectives should have a seat at the table when it comes to the public sphere and religion journalism. Thank you so much, Jeff! #FF #EmptyThePews
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1. That white evangelical subculture has been "shielded from criticism" is absolutely true; it's something the #Exvangelical community is working to end. The shielding is partly due to evangelical leaders' savvy about cultivating good PR and cozy relationships with journalists.
2. For an introduction to how evangelicals manage their PR, see this piece I wrote for @RDispatches ahead of the midterms:

rewire.news/religion-dispa…

To dig deeper, follow and look up the work of @brucewilson, @FredClarkson, and @PRAEyesRight.

#Exvangelical #EmptyThePews #Resist
3. But there's another reason evangelicals have been shielded from criticism, and that has to do with what @drvox refers to as "media culture's weird mythology about who is & isn't 'Real American.'"
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So, what should we do about this? This Thursday, December 13, #Exvangelical Twitter needs to show up in large numbers to tweet criticisms of complementarianism, purity culture, and anti-LGBTQ theology with the hashtags #ChurchToo and #GC2Summit.

#EmptyThePews #Resist
I want to be clear this is @emilyjoypoetry's plan; I am going to participate and want to get the word out about it, as well as to help raise awareness of what's wrong with defenders of patriarchal evangelical theology claiming #ChurchToo. Hint: it's the theology.
@babecolate would you be willing to help get the word out about this?
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1. Question for #Exvangelical Twitter. @seelolago's most recent newsletter highlights (with skepticism) an obscure story that some college kid has accused Veggie Tales of racism. I'm not saying it's not at all; "I Can Be Your Friend" can be read as the "colorblind" approach. But.
2. The poster making the accusation that somehow got onto the internet doesn't mention "I Can Be Your Friend" or colorblindness. Instead it states that the accented characters are villains and racially coded. And I'm having trouble thinking of an example where this fully holds up
3. Are there examples that fit? Here's what I recall. The phony French accents of the peas are a largely innocent Monty Python reference. Pa Grape, with his Brooklyn accent, may be coded Jewish, but he's sometimes a villain, and sometimes a good guy. Played the prophet Nathan.
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The Christian Right is the biggest threat to democracy and human rights in the US. White evangelicals are Trump's base. Their stolen disproportionate power is the main reason Americans can't have nice things like effective universal healthcare

#Exvangelical #EmptyThePews #Resist
If you don't understand the ideology conservative Christians use to object to welfare and universal healthcare, here's a thread to get you started:



#Exvangelical #EvangelicalIntoEnglish #EmptyThePews #Resist
If you value the effort I put into producing this kind of content and exposing the Christofascist threat to American democracy and can afford to do so, please consider supporting me via @Patreon with a $5 a month pledge or more. Thank you!

patreon.com/cstroop
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“The young missionary's family released a statement saying that Chau had nothing but love for the Sentinelese and they forgive those responsible for his death.”

You can’t love people you know nothing about and objectify as a mission field, and Chau is responsible for his death.
For my commentary on John Chau’s missionary efforts and death, see:

playboy.com/read/on-the-de…

#Exvangelical #EvangelicalIntoEnglish #EmptyThePews #MondayMood
See also my takedown of “respectable” evangelical defensiveness around the Chau affair. Toxic white Christian supremacist evangelical ideology fostered the bad behavior that got him killed #NotYourMissionField #Exvangelical #EmptyThePews #MondayMotivation

chrisstroop.com/2018/11/29/eva…
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Proud to be featured in @CBSReligion’s documentary “Deconstructing My Religion,” written by @lizkineke. This is the first national TV exposure for the #Exvangelical movement, and that’s a huge achievement. We will not be silenced or erased. #EmptyThePews

cbs.com/shows/cbs-news…
With scholarly perspective from @julieingersoll.
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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.”
Klein:

“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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If you're angrier with myself and other #Exvangelicals for pointing out the hypocrisy and abuse in the Evangelical church than you are with these horrendous abuses and hypocrisy's, sorry to say, but you're part of the problem. #EmptyThePews [1]
Your anger shouldn't be at those of us who refuse to be silent, but with those who continue to perpetuate the harm that has chased so many out of the church. Your anger at those in pain, who have been harmed, instead of those doing the harming speaks volumes. [2]
If your desire is to truly be like Jesus, to truly emulate this saviour who came to show us the nature of God, then the reaction should be to comfort those in pain and cry out against injustices. But it's not. [3]
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This is a REMARKABLE thread that touches on so many brilliant things. I would like to take a quick stab at making some connections between this and why so many Evangelicals are conservative. It has a lot to do with #EvangelicalIntoEnglish for anyone who's been following that.
I'm going to use my father as an example because, as anyone who knows me at all is aware by now, nothing is better than a combination of parent issues and theology. My father is very into conservatism. He has listened to Rush Limbaugh my whole life, which probably tells you a lot
I struggled a lot as I got older with how exactly all this worked. It seemed that at heart my father really wanted to be a libertarian. He wanted the government to always be smaller, he didn't believe in anything resembling handouts or even most laws.
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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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If you value my work, I’d be grateful for your support this #GivingTuesday. I’m going to post Patreon links of other creators and projects I support below. Feel free to reply with your own!

#GivingTuesday2018 #Exvangelical #EmptyThePews #TuesdayMorning #TuesdayThoughts #Resist
First up, @crystalcheatham! I’ve been on her podcast, “Lord Have Mercy,” and I also support it! Crystal is smart, funny, open, and talks a lot about sex as well as religion and spirituality. She’s also the entrepreneur behind @OurBibleApp:

patreon.com/LordHaveMercy
#GivingTuesday
Next up, @kitchencultpod, an #Exvangelical podcast hosted by @bluepupboi and @haettinger! This show (full disclosure—I’ve been a guest) provides valuable content. Check it out!

patreon.com/kitchentablecu…

#EmptyThePews #GivingTuesday2018 #GivingTuesday
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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:

rewire.news/religion-dispa…

#EvangelicalIntoEnglish
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.

chrisstroop.com/2018/03/14/the…
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1/ For English speakers, here are some highlights from my interview this morning on @RC_ML. What impact did evangelicals have on the American and Brazilian elections? Do they have a growing influence in Canada? I also talked about my #exvangelical life.

2/ After a brief introduction on the role of the evangelical vote in the American election, the question was asked on whether or not evangelicals also had an impact on Bolsonaro's victory? Brazil's population is 210 million people; approximately 56 million are evangelicals.
3/ 70% of evangelicals voted for Bolsonaro, whose nickname is the “messiah.” What motivated evangelicals to vote for Bolsonaro was their sense of being in a "culture war," as well as their stance on abortion and their opposition to LGBTQ rights, etc.

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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.

#ChristianAltFacts
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1. Despite my ambivalence about Thanksgiving—having to spend it surrounded only by evangelicals invested in the white supremacist mythology of it has me on edge—I do have a lot to be thankful for. I’m thankful to my parents for housing me during a career transition.
2. I’m thankful for good friends and supportive communities, on and offline. I’m grateful for opportunities to work with people and groups like @aejohnsonphd, @ircrc, @CHShumanists. And for my editors and being able to break into new outlets this year, including @ForeignPolicy.
3. I’m also immensely grateful to all of you who have chosen to support my work via @PayPal or @Patreon. That so many of you believe in me enough to help me get financially established as a writer, speaker, and activist means a lot.

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This is true, but...

Evangelical doctrines of inspiration are meant to construct the Bible as the "ultimately true" of which all other ancient and modern claims are lesser imitations.

You can't convince someone who's operating out of that.

#Exvangelical #ChristianAltFacts
Said doctrines:

Verbal-plenary inspiration: The very choices of words in the Bible were sovereignly overseen by God.

Inerrancy: The text is inerrant in every affirmation it contains.

#Exvangelical #ChristianAltFacts
Now IN THEORY, these teachings could more carefully account for the differences between modern science/history and ancient genres of writing.

#Exvangelical #ChristianAltFacts
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Capitol Ministries posted a new article. It’s less dramatic than last week’s, pretty standard evangelical guilting-of-the-faithful stuff, but... cranberry-flavored. I’ll tackle it #Exvangelical style & also incorporate some insights on gratitude from @dianabutlerbass
If you missed my last thread on who Cap Min is and what they’re up to, catch up here (just not on a full stomach):
This week Ralphie is serving a turducken of “devotions” stuffed with insincerity and bad theology, and heaping side dishes of awkwardness and guilt-tripping. capmin.org/leading-thanks…
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Let me say more.

[A Thread.]

I'm specifically talking about evangelical Christian ministries. Though my experience is only based on one mostly, I think that experience and what we know about evangelical culture sheds light on the situation.

#EmptyThePews #Exvangelical
Fresh out of grad school I was a church funded "missionary" at a small non-profit for girls who had been sex trafficked. I spent 2 months working there before they closed.
Before I went I had a funny feeling about how things would go and the leadership. But alas, I went because that's where God wanted me to be.

I was right.
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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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So I tracked down a copy of my old 5th grade "Heath" textbook. I'm going to upload a much larger thread with tons of pictures from this later, but I wanted to give you a sample of what using #ABeka christian school curriculum is like.
#EmptyThePews #Exvangelical
Yes, that really does say that looking at pornography (dirty pictures) is what made Ted Bundy into a serial rapist and murderer. Yes they felt it necessary to tell this to CHILDREN on the cusp of puberty. Yes it absolutely traumatized me and caused me a great deal of shame.
Yes, I did have a deep fear in middle school that I might grow up to be a serial murderer because I had seen my friend's dad's playboy collection in second grade because of this fucking book that is commonly used in Christian schools and home school programs.
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