Three year anniversary: #WhyILeft Fundamentalism

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fQ0JSImpzM Three years ago yesterday, I left my parents' house. They'd delivered an ultimatum: transfer from UCCS to Bob Jones University or move out. I chose freedom. Last year, a boyfriend told me, "That's one thing I love about you. You're incredibly American, in the most fundamental way. You'd rather be free than comfortable." Which … Continue reading Three year anniversary: #WhyILeft Fundamentalism

We’re not just ‘rebels.’ What fundamentalist Christianity demands is unreasonable.

In my last post, I talked about why I don't trust authority. Many people like me who were raised in controlling environments tend to not get along with authority outside that context, breeding difficulties in maintaining employment and interacting within society. But the older generations often discount why we'd react this way. "You're just a … Continue reading We’re not just ‘rebels.’ What fundamentalist Christianity demands is unreasonable.

Why I have trust issues with authority after growing up in fundamentalist Christianity

After leaving fundamentalism, some of my friends left organized religion because of spiritual abuse, or identified as anarchists because they'd seen systems of power oppress people. I can't blame them really, even if their choices appear extreme, because I don't trust authority, either. Authority more often uses power to control rather than to protect in my experience, … Continue reading Why I have trust issues with authority after growing up in fundamentalist Christianity

Why the little purple alien in ‘Home’ is me

I've always known I was weird. An entire table of public school kids crowded around me in driving school, peppering me with questions. I was one of two homeschooled kids in the classroom. Elsie, the other girl, and I later became friends.We both felt like outsiders, but I told my mom later that I felt "like a … Continue reading Why the little purple alien in ‘Home’ is me

The UnBoxing Project: How you can help (Eleanor’s thoughts)

When we started helping people move out, we learned that getting out and finding freedom is messy, and everyone's situation is different. When someone contacted us for help, we said that they went "active." It's like being on call for an emergency move 24/7. They'll tell us the situation is deteriorating, but we don't know it's going … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: How you can help (Eleanor’s thoughts)