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
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
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
So last summer I read this book called Cameras in Narnia: How the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Came to Life. I'm getting ready to mail the book back to the friend I borrowed it from, so I skimmed it again. The author gives an inside perspective since he was on set for almost … Continue reading Narnia is evil. Because scripture.
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