Reading Time: 10 minutes Today, I’ll show you why these excessive political leanings can’t stop and won’t stop, ever, until their tribe is well and truly defeated.
Biff’s Freakout Over ‘Forrest Gump’ (Helped Me Deconvert)
Reading Time: 11 minutes Today, let me tell you about the time Biff fanboyed all over the movie Forrest Gump — and how his freakout helped me along the path to apostasy.
The Power of Positive Thinking, Rethought
Reading Time: 11 minutes Today, let me show you what positive thinking looks like when it goes overboard and gets unhealthy — and why so many really awful people love it when positive thinking acts naughty like that.
How Christians Use Promises of Peace To Dehumanize
Reading Time: 10 minutes But peace is way more than a nice feeling that most Christians don’t really understand. It’s also a way for the more toxic of Christians to dehumanize and look down on their tribal enemies. Today, let me show you how they do it–and more importantly, why.
The Gravitational Center of Evangelicalism is Not Jesus.
Reading Time: 10 minutes With a national Presidential election looming ever closer for Americans, this question of why one of our political parties is so shot through with racism is starting to gain more prominence–as well it should.
The Green Book refutes the ‘good old days’
Reading Time: 7 minutes It’s not uncommon to see Christians point to 1945-1960 (loosely, “the 1950s”) as some kind of Good Ole Days that were wrecked by mean ole liberals who hate fun. The mythology these Christians believe is that people were much happier back then and that society was much safer and more law-abiding because everyone “knew their place.” Such Christians feel that modern society is making people unhappy–and public spaces more unsafe–because now everything’s all jumbled up and confused. But one book puts the lie to that illusion.
The Weird and Wacky Rise of Fundagelical Preppers.
Reading Time: 9 minutes One weird bit of right-wing fundagelical Christianity is their growing obsession with survivalist-style food hoarding. In this new trend, the worlds of apocalyptic fantasizing, awful food, eagerness to gloat, and sheer financial greed collide–and the results aren’t appetizing.
The National Day of Grandstanding and How It Fails
Reading Time: 9 minutes Last time, I uncovered some interesting links between the National Day of Prayer (NDP) and the Red Scare manufactured by the Religious Right in the 1950s. Today I want to touch on how the “holiday” is practiced in the modern day. This manufactured holiday–such as it is–is nothing less than a perfect symptom of the coming downfall of the religion that its biggest proponents seek to protect and enshrine into power.