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Julie Washburn @julie_is_alive
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I find it very, very difficult to explain where I've been and what I've been through. I adopted the term #exvangelical for myself when I saw so many people who could explain what had happened to themselves & it gave me a way to explain parts of myself.
Often, so much of what happened is contradictory and confusing and when one person can verbalize one part, it helps me understand the whole experience better. I especially feel healing in the tweets of @TenaciousMandy & @hannahpaasch who are able to verbalize things so clearly.
It's nearly impossible to explain to someone the psychosis that revealed itself as religion in my dad or the instability of moving constantly or switching schools, homeschooling, living in a state of constant change or how abuse was allowed and even encouraged by multiple
churches across several states. The thing that is important for people to understand is that all-encompassing religion like #evangelicalism is particularly dangerous for people with mental illness like my dad. It gave him the venue to run wild with his psychosis without
anyone ever expressing concern because the psychosis just looked like him being a very devout "man of god". There were times when he was absolutely manic and delusional, but instead of someone expressing concern, he was praised for his faith.
The sad part is, somewhere in Texas, he's in charge of a church in some capacity. Somewhere in TX, people are falling for his religiosity & they are going to get hurt. He physically, emotionally & sexually abuses people (including children) I can do absolutely nothing to stop it
#beingexvangelical to me means having other people who have shared experiences that the rest of the world would find bizarre. It means that my memories are validated, that the stuff I remember, actually happened, because it happened to other people too.
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