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“We need you to stop merely talking about your dissatisfaction with your church and do something. Please stop supporting non-affirming churches with your presence, your time and your money.”

- ⁦@mattnightingale

#SaturdayThoughts #EmptyThePews mattnightingale.com/now-its-your-t…
I like how Matt here calls both for individuals to leave and individual churches to break with their anti-LGBTQ denominations. Schism would be the right thing to do for the American UMC, and, I’d argue, even the Episcopalians from the Church of England. Count the cost, people.
Count the cost, and realize your staying will cost you as well via the #EmptyThePews movement. @mattnightingale of course calls for leavers to seek better churches. I say do that or don’t, as your conscience dictates. That’s what #EmptyThePews is about.

cstroop.com/2017/08/18/emp…
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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. 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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1. #TeacherAppreciationWeek is complicated for me. Not in the abstract--U.S. teachers are woefully undervalued--but on a personal level as an alum of right-wing evangelical Christian schools.

I started the hashtag #ExposeChristianSchools b/c these schools have major issues.
2. In parts of America public schools often fail to be this, but schools should be places where kids learn to be good citizens of a democracy, a prerequisite for which is acceptance of pluralism. Christian schools explicitly teach rejection of pluralism:

cstroop.com/2019/01/20/wha…
3. I went to Christian schools from 1st through half of sixth grade, then 7th through 12th. Mine were of the more "rigorous" kind. They teach creationism but still want high SAT scores and high college placement rates; they embrace Billy Graham rather than find him "too liberal."
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1. As usual w/ these stories, most reporting on Taylor University students objecting to Mike Pence as commencement speaker is sloppy. Let me explain how and add some context to this story in terms of the bigger picture of Christian higher ed. #Exvangelical #ExposeChristianSchools
2. First, we don’t know how many graduating seniors object to Pence being commencement speaker. It is surely a minority. It may be a solid plurality, but most of the students opposed to Pence being invited to speak are likely to remain discreet and circumspect about it.
3. Secondly, the petition was started by alumni. I spoke with a Taylor alum recently, and what she found most remarkable was that a majority of the faculty immediately registered their opposition to the invitation to Pence with the administration. That was a brave stand to take.
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1. I appreciate being discussed in this @lgbtqnation piece on people leaving evangelicalism. I wish the author had reached out to me for an interview, though, because the piece represents me and the #Exvangelical community with misleading language.

lgbtqnation.com/2019/03/evange…
2. John Gallagher's piece strongly implies that all exvies remain believers. "As it turns out, some believers–especially young believers–want to go to church to worship God, not Trump."

This is true of some of us. Some of us are done with church and belief in god altogether.
3. It's actually sort of a running "joke" among exvies that while we don't know which group is more dominant, atheists/agnostics or those in the #StillChristian crowd, whichever group you're in, you think the other one is predominant. A weird quirk of confirmation bias, it seems.
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I’m proud to have exposed this campaign in my recent reporting on the crackdown on LGBTQ students at @azusapacific. Please share this far and wide to keep the pressure on them and @FoothillChurch.

#ExposeChristianSchools #Exvangelical #MondayMood #FaithfullyLGBT #LGBTQ #Resist
Here’s my article for @PRAEyesRight in which I quote from Ryan Montague’s email calling for pressure on @azusapacific’s board to reverse its move toward LGBTQ accommodation. This and similar materials were passed to me by sources who requested anonymity.

feature.politicalresearch.org/the-struggle-f…
After publishing that exposé, a concerned APU faculty member reached out to let me know that things are even worse than I knew, with a purge of “liberal” and LGBTQ-affirming faculty brewing. Please let @azusapacific know what you think of this shady move.

rewire.news/religion-dispa…
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TW. Abuse, child abuse, ableism, 'discipline'

This is the last (part 6) of my live-tweet threads about To Train Up a Child by Michael and Debi Pearl, also talking openly about my own experience.

Mute if appropriate.
At the end of my last thread, I said a few things that I want to clarify first up.

I said that I never wanted the family to be separated as if staying together is the goal. That was quite a selfish way of speaking.
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I like to think that the fact that evangelical Christians assume that the opposite of purity culture is a 24/7 lascivious sexual smorgasbord says more about them than it does about any of us lol
I have THINGS TO SAY about this and about the idea of pleasure as a useful moral guide but I just got home and I am very hungry so I need to make soup first
Okay I made soup and yes it is as delicious as it looks and I thought about this while I was making it and here is the thing:
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