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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.com/cstroop

#FridayMotivation
@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

amazon.com/gp/product/194…

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/

washingtonpost.com/world/the_amer…
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/

g1.globo.com/rio-de-janeiro…
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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
AND
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.

#EmptyThePews
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:

patreon.com/cstroop

#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

forward.com/opinion/431687…
@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:

rewire.news/religion-dispa…

#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.

1/19

#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.

facebook.com/Northroadchurc…

facebook.com/embracetheword/

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

2/19
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.
3/19
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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:

cstroop.com/2019/09/29/som…

#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.

fivethirtyeight.com/features/could…

#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" (🤦‍♀️)
2/6
"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)
3/6
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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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1. What are the ways that #EvangelicalismKills?

Conservatives love to say that ideas have consequences, but somehow they never want to examine the consequences of right-wing ideologies.

So let’s do that with this new hashtag coined by @Ashadahya.

#MondayMorning #EmptyThePews
2. Asha started the hashtag in connection with Renee Bach, an evangelical missionary in Uganda who, acting on a “calling”—rather than training and preparation—performed medical procedures only doctors are qualified to perform. And children predictably died.

#EvangelicalismKills
2-a. If you haven’t read this on Bach’s story, do:

npr.org/sections/goats…

#MondayMorning #EvangelicalismKills #EmptyThePews
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Missed me live on @FFRF's Ask an Atheist program with Elizabeth Cavell and @AndrewLSeidel this morning? Not to worry--the episode is already up on @YouTube!



I give shout-outs to @brchastain and @laureneoneal on the show.

#WednesdayWisdom #EmptyThePews
@FFRF @AndrewLSeidel @YouTube @brchastain @laureneoneal We discuss my background, #exvangelical community building, and the reasons it's important to push back against the Christianization of our public sphere, as laid out in my recent @Playboy article "The Gospel According to Mike Pence":

playboy.com/read/the-gospe…

#EmptyThePews
@FFRF @AndrewLSeidel @YouTube @brchastain @laureneoneal @Playboy We also talk about the anthology @laureneoneal and I co-edited that's coming out December 1, Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church, and the value a project like this has in our current moment. You can pre-order the book here:

amazon.com/Empty-Pews-Sto…

#EmptyThePews
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“While they would contend that to give up their views would lead to a destructive nihilism, it’s their inability to trust their own moral compass that leads them into a violent and ultimately nihilistic politics.”

My latest for @RDispatches
#EmptyThePews

rewire.news/religion-dispa…
“While more and more abuse scandals break within evangelical spaces, conservative evangelicals consistently refuse to look inward for solutions to their problems, instead looking to “the culture” for factors to blame that reinforce their pre-existing beliefs.”
“These beliefs—that difference is a thing to be afraid of; that refusal to believe in the right-wing Christian version of God will result in severe punishment; that allowing frequent violence is preferable to a government solution—are expressions of an authoritarian ethos.”
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Oppose reprehensible behavior in a way that doesn’t presume Christian moral superiority.

Also, it’s not my position that anyone saying they’re a Christian is one. Communally mediated interpretation and praxis help define religion. White evangelicals have those.

#EmptyThePews
I grew up in a white evangelical enclave community with the type of Christians who adore Mike Pence abs became Trump’s base. You’d better believe we read our Bibles and regularly had “devotions” or “quiet time.”

#exvangelical #EmptyThePews

cstroop.com/2017/05/03/abo…
Sit in on an evangelical church service sometime and look around. Note how many people—women in particular—assiduously take notes on the sermon outline the ushers provide.

And remember: regular church attendance is an indicator of *higher* Trump support among white evangelicals.
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1. So, everybody’s been reading @Peter_Wehner’s article “The Deepening Crisis in Christianity” in @TheAtlantic, and quite a few people have asked for my take. Taking it easy in Spokane the last couple of days I’ve been able to give it some thought.

#SundayThoughts #EmptyThePews
2. The article itself is eloquent and worth reading, though I share neither Wehner’s remaining deference to evangelicals (he finds their persecution complex to some degree justified) nor his concern for “the Church.” Also I pretty much hate St. Augustine.

theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
3. But it’s interesting to me that, in what is essentially yet another critique of conservative/white evangelical hypocrisy, Wehner emphasizes the damage to “the Church” and to evangelicalism itself in terms of people leaving Christianity, which he apparently finds a BAD THING.
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1. For those not aware of the struggles of LGBTQ students for inclusion in evangelical colleges and universities and the pattern of administrative crackdowns, I’ve published several exposés.

Here’s the most comprehensive:

feature.politicalresearch.org/the-struggle-f…

#ExposeChristianSchools
2. Evangelical colleges are as a rule quite authoritarian institutions. Here I argue that if you want to understand how the Christian Right wants to run the country, you should look at how they run their schools:

playboy.com/read/want-to-k…

#ExposeChristianSchools #FridayThoughts
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1. I may not finish this whole thread now, but I’m going to at least start giving you all some details from today’s visit to The Creation Museum with @julieingersoll and @QuiverfullTwee1, with whom I also just imbibed a fair bit of white wine. Tomorrow we hit Ark Encounter!
1. Answers in Genesis, the organization behind The Creation Museum and Ark Encounter, is devoted to apologetics for young earth creationism. As a result, The Creation Museum embodies the worst of two American “traditions”—anti-intellectualism and kitschy roadside attractions.
3. Whoops, last tweet should have been 2, not 1. Anyway, The Creation Museum is a pretty surreal place. It falls under what I have elsewhere, with apologies to Rod Serling, called the Jesus Zone. My first #TheJesusZone thread is here:

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I am going to sit quietly and count to ten and not yell and scream at someone that marginalized communities can marginalize other communities and sometimes the answer to 'what can I do better?' has actually been 'stop breathing my air'.
Why am I even mentally drafting the rhetorical creep awareness thread I was considering if citing membership of the speaker in a single marginalized group means you can't say 'actually, no, it offends you that (other marginalized group) is allowed here, but that isn't changing'?
Half the active problem of rhetorical creep I've personally seen is the rad fem weaponization of teenage lesbians just out of the closet who get their information from sources that claim anyone saying otherwise is lesbophic.
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I just want to say regarding the quoted tweet that I've read the replies and thought about the criticisms. While most responders seem to agree with my overall take, "happiness" is a complex thing to define, and I want to be careful not to speak over or for others.
The problems with self-reported data are well known among social scientists, and cognitive dissonance is a very real issue, but it's important to be nuanced. As for me, I'm an #Exvangelical with two parents who work in ministry. I did live the pressure to project happiness.
Fwiw and while YMMV, I'm pretty sure the pervasive evangelical pressure to project happiness or joy falls disproportionately on women, kids (probably above all those being homeschooled but not exclusively), and people who have family members in ministry. #Exvangelical
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If the words "I am compelled to speak the truth to you" are followed by:

"You are in sin."
"You are going to hell."
"You are grieving God."
"Your life will be beset with struggles if you reject God"
"God will never allow you to get away with these choices against him.".....
"You wouldn't be suffering from mental and physical health issues if you would come back to God."
"Your orientation will send you to hell."
"Loving that person will send you to hell."
"Accepting your children's orientation and gender will send them to hell."
...........
"Your gender or gender presentation will send you to hell."
"Your kids will grow up to be bad people if you don't raise them in the church. You're sending them to hell."
"You are inviting demons into your home."
"You are displeasing to God and will be punished.".....
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