That one time I chose freedom over soul death

This month marks four years since I escaped. Sometimes it feels like yesterday, sometimes it feels like another lifetime ago. In the spirit of celebrating my independence, I'm going to be posting some mementos, from the days when I was first learning to fly, slowly and painfully. This is an email I sent to some … Continue reading That one time I chose freedom over soul death

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I am the thing I was taught to hate

My brother tells me a joke that he and one of the pastor's kids laugh about at youth group. "Let's go get Christian t-shirts from Mardel’s and drink beer like the New Life Christians! Hahahahaha!" I don't laugh. I feel the gut punch. Pause. "Do you know anyone from New Life Church? Have you ever met … Continue reading I am the thing I was taught to hate

Some Thoughts on National Remembrance and Christian Terrorism

So Memorial Day wasn't too long ago, and I've been thinking about my mixed feelings about patriotism and group remembrances. I don't think patriotism is inherently bad, but I also think that questioning where our patriotic energy is directed is a healthy thing. Be wary of people who encourage blind patriotism. The Nazis were patriotic. … Continue reading Some Thoughts on National Remembrance and Christian Terrorism

Recognizing and Supporting Isolated Fundamentalist Homeschool Kids

I took a social media break last month. I still blogged and kept in touch with a few friends, but I stopped reading my Facebook and Twitter feeds all the time. That's not what my breaks used to look like. My social media breaks used to be the way that I covered for my parents … Continue reading Recognizing and Supporting Isolated Fundamentalist Homeschool Kids