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Senior correspondent for @RDispatches, columnist for @openDemocracy, speaker and writer for hire. Coeditor of Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church
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Jun 30 6 tweets 2 min read
The intolerance of the just vote crowd bewilders me. It doesn’t matter if you always vote Dem, as I do, to prioritize harm reduction.

The minute you criticize anything about the Democratic gerontocracy, they become all vitriol and condescension, berate you beyond all proportion People will drop you after years of friendly online interactions instead of agreeing to disagree, refusing to even consider why some of us may assess the facts in good conscience and come to different conclusion than they did.

Nope, one strike and you’re a “Bernie bro” to them
Jun 26 4 tweets 2 min read
As I documented in some reporting I did after the “Hitler was right comment” she made at the J6 rally, Mary Miller is also a born again Sunday school teacher.

#RoeVsWade #exvangelical Oh, and a Christian homeschooling advocate of course.

Here’s the link

religiondispatches.org/where-were-the…
Jun 23 4 tweets 1 min read
I must say I'm glad I waited until it was out on @disneyplus to watch Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

It's quite possibly the worst MCU film, and where it takes Wanda Maximoff after WandaVision feels like a betrayal.

Both the actors and the characters deserved better What a sorry way to introduce America Chavez too (I know this is not an original criticism, but I just watched the movie last night). All action and no character development. The pacing was also just weird, although it got better in the second half I guess.
Jun 22 17 tweets 7 min read
“The goal in preparing us for college and future careers was, of course, to have us ‘advance God’s kingdom’ in all our pursuits, either working in evangelical ministries or Christian Right lobbying organizations, or else funding those who do.”

#ExposeChristianSchools I bring all this up to emphasize that my Christian school experience was far from the worst. But even if every Christian school funded with taxpayer dollars were like the ones I went to, here’s a sampling of the egregious wrongs that you, the taxpayer, would still be funding:
Jun 21 8 tweets 4 min read
It was a given that the illegitimate Roberts Court would rule this way. It is also terrible.

It's an outrage that so many states funneled voucher funding into religious schools already.

Do you know how extreme evangelical schools are?

If not, read #ExposeChristianSchools I launched the hashtag in 2019, and it trended at that time:

apnews.com/article/4202be…
Jun 18 6 tweets 2 min read
Heading to Portland Pride, walking along the waterfront. It’s pretty quiet downtown. And there’s a bit of a light drizzle that’s supposed to clear up any time Man the drizzle turned into a downpour and there’s so much mud lol. I’m really glad we got VIP tickets because we can hang out under the tent near the main stage till this passes
Jun 10 4 tweets 1 min read
If you come across the Medium blogger Jonathan Poletti who writes on evangelicals, know he twists facts to fit preconceived narratives.

His bizarre new hit piece on my friend @thatlizhunter is riddled with inaccuracies. He’s been corrected multiple times but persists in lying I’m really not sure why he fixated on her (and neither is she). But he did not reach out to her for comment. The piece is bizarrely focused on Elizabeth’s framing of the Bill Gothard organization as a “cult”; he insists it’s “mainstream evangelicalism.”
Jun 9 4 tweets 1 min read
Many conservative Christians will agree that Jesus’s “core message” is love.

They define love in abusive ways; it’s easy to do with abstract concepts from within a totalizing belief system. It’s particularly easy given the authoritarian sayings attributed to Jesus in the gospels In other words, “Jesus preached love, therefore authoritarian Christians are fake Christians” isn’t the flex you think it is.

It’s just more ignorant Christian supremacism, and it needs to stop
Jun 6 4 tweets 2 min read
Folks, the Religious Exemption Accountability Project—the first and only advocacy org providing direct legal aid to LGBTQ students and alumni of Christian colleges and universities to seek recourse for the discrimination they face—needs our help:

mightycause.com/story/Reapgive… Please donate what you are able, if you are able, so the folks at @REAP_LGBTQ@PaulSouthwick and @ErinGreenbean—can continue to pursue their important and too little appreciated work.

No one else is bringing the fight directly to the Christian Right:

religiondispatches.org/the-most-forgo…
Jun 5 4 tweets 1 min read
Simply because he’s “Jesus”—a priori presumed divine or at least eminently wise by most of the population—Jesus (as represented in the gospels) gets a pass on all kinds of boundary violations and generally problematic, manipulative, and bizarre behaviors and teachings. We beg the question, so we explain it all away or ignore it. But what if we read the gospels without those priors, to the extent that we can? How does Jesus come off then?

Not very well in my book. Your honest answer may be different, but I highly recommend this mental exercise
Jun 4 4 tweets 2 min read
Look, if you want to believe that everyone outside your religion goes to hell, fine, whatever. I don’t like it, and if you try to convert me I’ll tell you to piss off, but we can peacefully coexist as long as you recognize my right not to live under your religious structures In other words, pluralism is not really that difficult ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Jun 3 4 tweets 2 min read
Nope. Most of Christianity’s history, and most of its present, is marked by authoritarianism.

Liberationist strands also exist, but both versions of the faith *are* Christianity and the adherents Christians.

It is supremacist to treat “Christian” as a synonym for “good.” That framing makes large Christian movements unassailable, immune to needed cultural criticism.

In other words, Christian supremacism is one of the key reasons Christian nationalism could fly under the radar for so long for so many. We default to viewing Christianity as good
May 20 4 tweets 1 min read
I’m re-upping this thread, because even among most people who recognize that Christianity can be harmful, criticism of Jesus remains taboo.

When I read the gospels, I see a manipulative, hardline apocalyptic project. I do not like such people. Get over it I am speaking here of Jesus the literary character/the Jesus of faith. I’m not an expert on the ancient world, though I am a trained historian, and it seems to me that most of the literature about “the historical Jesus” simply assumes there was a singular historical Jesus
May 15 5 tweets 2 min read
I agree, and I’d call our current state of affairs and trajectory clearly unsustainable. Something has to give. The majority of Americans will not allow ourselves to remain indefinitely under the authoritarian thumb of the minority of angry white Christians The disproportionate political power of slave states (incl. wrt SCOTUS), as well as their intransigence, made the American civil war inevitable. And of course they started it.

It is looking more and more like a second civil war could be coming. And once again they will start it
Apr 29 15 tweets 5 min read
It’s almost the end of the month, so bear with me as I make a plug for my Patreon.

I’m a self-employed writer working to expose the Christian Right’s authoritarianism, to challenge the media’s reinforcement of Christian hegemony, and to promote voices that are too often silenced While I earn money for my contract work as a senior correspondent for Religion Dispatches and a columnist for openDemocracy, as well as other occasional writing and speaking gigs, I would be unable to do this work full-time without the support of readers like you
Apr 24 11 tweets 3 min read
“While the tendency to look at Putin as an exemplary Christian leader for his willingness to enforce ‘traditional values’ through the state was never universal among American evangelicals, it proved quite persistent among evangelical elites.” “Neither Russia’s ban on the adoption of Russian children by Americans, nor its annexation of Crimea, nor its passage of the Yarovaya laws, which put restrictions on the kinds of proselytising activities carried out by American missionaries in Russia, did much to stem the trend”
Apr 17 4 tweets 2 min read
A few years ago when I hadn't been on HRT that long I went through a phase of excitement about my breast growth, and I posted a few boob selfies.

I'm a #FreeTheNipple advocate and think this was pretty harmless. But now transphobes are forcing me to dig up and delete old posts They appropriate these pictures--including a pre-transition selfie that's made the rounds that is just me in a woman's top I really liked--and weaponize them for harassment and bullying, trying to steal all my joy from the process of transformation into a body that fits me better
Apr 11 4 tweets 1 min read
The policing of trans women’s appearances follows a pattern of double standards common to the policing of all women’s appearances.

Don’t pass? You’re “not trying.”

Pass? You’re “deceptive.”

No surgery? “Penis!”

Surgery? “Frankenfemale!”

The point is there is no way to “win.” You might think that the anti-trans cis women who play these games would at least recognize that they’re following a pattern that is also used to harm them
Apr 10 4 tweets 1 min read
Punish all the horrific white offenders (Gibson and Weinstein for starters) and get back to us I have tried to stay out of this publicly (not least as a trans woman who will be seen as biased against Chris Rock), but Jesus Christ, the racism is flagrant at this point and the treatment of Will Smith just so disproportionate
Apr 9 4 tweets 1 min read
You know, there’s a word for bigotry protected by sincerely held religious beliefs. And that word is “bigotry” On which see this

religiondispatches.org/the-most-forgo…
Apr 8 11 tweets 4 min read
I know I’ve been pretty quiet #OnHere for the last month or so. It’s been a dark time for me (as for many of us).

Both the escalation in attacks on queer and especially trans people in this country, and Russia’s brutal war of aggression against Ukraine, have affected me deeply I am a trans woman. I also have a PhD in modern Russian history from Stanford. Prior to coming out, I spent a lot of time in Russia, culminating in 2012-2015, when I lived in Moscow and had a front row seat to the major shifts—incl. the annexation of Crimea—still playing out now