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News from the World of Gozer. (Update Time!)

Reading Time: 7 minutes I’ve been reading a lot lately about the strange shift in right-wing Christians’ morality over the last ten years. As I read, I found myself wondering how that shift has applied in realtime to the various Christian leaders who’ve been caught misbehaving. I began to look for information about what they’ve been doing since their various downfalls, and began noticing a trend. See if you can see it too.

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Update Time! Where Are They Now?

Reading Time: 9 minutes While writing about Ben Carson, I realized that it’s been a while since I checked in on the various Christians I’ve discussed here, either on their own or as part of my series about the Cult of “Before” Stories. I thought it’d be fun to see how they’re doing nowadays. Let’s check in on a few of them!

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Stupid is as Stupid Does.

Reading Time: 7 minutes I saw this really neat Washington Post article about stupidity earlier and I wanted to bring it up because let’s face it: if we’re not dealing with the stuff we do ourselves, we’re dealing with the stuff other people do. Knowing where this behavior comes from might come in handy.

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Youth Pastors: Harbingers of the End.

Reading Time: 9 minutes Tony Waller’s story illustrates an overarching trend and a deeper problem in the religion: Christianity is failing its young people. To understand how someone like this could end up in a church ministry involving children, we have to dig deep into what evangelical churches think about youth ministry–and how someone unqualified could end up with a church’s most precious and finite treasure in his hands.

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Speaking Out

Reading Time: 10 minutes (Content notice: Religious abuse, and atheists being raging misogynists.) In the wake of the Mark Driscoll fiasco, the Christian policing act has already begun. And I wanted to spend a little time today sharing why I think this policing act needs to stop, and why the fallout of this drama is such an important indicator […]

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No, Virginia, Jesus Doesn’t Magically Change People

Reading Time: 8 minutes It’s time again for another episode of “Christians Behaving Badly.” I’ve seen some additional–and dramatic– stories of Christians who did not actually experience the 180 turnarounds that Christians like to say people experience with Jesus. I’m bringing this up because Christians like to pretend otherwise, and it’s time we really confronted this myth and busted […]

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More Matt Pitt Weirdness (and Trust Me, It is WEIRD.)

Reading Time: 5 minutes Sorry for bothering y’all so soon after the last post, but I couldn’t hold onto this till Saturday. This needed attention and it needed it right now. You remember our homeboy Matt Pitt? He’s the youth pastor who decided it’d be awesome to pretend he was a cop–twice! He got caught doing it that second […]

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Youth Pastors: I Admit, I’m at a Loss for Words.

Reading Time: 10 minutes I was married to a preacher, I think I mentioned before, with Biff sliding very quickly into a position as a youth pastor. The trend of using youth pastors to minister exclusively to high school kids began when I was a new convert to fundamentalism–a trend that declared that young people must have fancy rock-concert-style […]

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