Posted inPolitics

How the Church Became What Jesus Hated

Reading Time: 11 minutes While I’ve considered myself an atheist for nearly a decade now, sometimes I go back to church again just to remind myself of why I left it all behind in the first place. The experience rarely disappoints. The past two free weekends I decided to visit a church I had never been to before—even though […]

Posted inLGBTQ News, Religion, Sex & Gender

Lies the Church Told Us About Sex

Reading Time: 16 minutes Growing up in church, you hear an awful lot of things about sex that just aren’t true. Of course, the same can be said about growing up anywhere. Surely there are no purveyors of misinformation more prolific than a gaggle of middle school boys. But the church has a vested interest in controlling the narratives […]

Posted inReligion

Why Christians Don’t Like Sharing Their Faith

Reading Time: 9 minutes A few weeks ago I attended my family’s church because my oldest was being recognized among the seniors graduating from high school (yes, I’m old enough for such things). Attending the church of my youth is always interesting and entertaining, and most likely in all the wrong ways if what they’re hoping is that I’ll […]

Posted inCulture, Parenting & Family, Psychology, Religion, Sex & Gender, The Secular

Sexualizing Everything Doesn’t Prepare Children for Healthy Relationships

Reading Time: 5 minutes Sex, for me, has never been an easy thing to talk about openly. And I place the blame for this deficiency squarely upon the shoulders of my fundamentalist Christian upbringing. I am hoping that this post will serve as an educational experience for those who don’t understand first-hand how religion poisons the well of sexuality.  Perhaps this […]

Posted inReligion, Sex & Gender

Bearing False Witness…Against Yourself

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you grew up in the Christian church, you probably have heard people speak of “testifying about” what God has done in their lives. Other times they speak of “sharing their testimony” or “sharing their story” of how Jesus changed or healed them. Most of us are probably at least somewhat familiar with the general template for […]

Posted inLGBTQ News, Religion

Jesus, Friend of Sinners…Except Not You

Reading Time: 4 minutes I really liked Craig and his wife, Sofia*. They were weird, and I was 13. It was perfect. This odd couple had been involved with my small church for a few months as volunteers. They helped with the youth group (which mostly consisted of me and my brother). Sofia was severely obese, very sweet, and […]

Posted inReligion

The most fantastically failed prayer in history

Reading Time: 7 minutes Defenders of the Christian faith can’t stop moving discussions about their religion from objective matters to subjective ones, from measurable things to the immeasurable, and from quantifiable subjects to those which are completely nebulous—or more to the point, unfalsifiable. This is a telling compulsion, and every time it happens it reminds me why I eventually lost […]

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