What do Mike Pence and ‘Mean Girls’ have in common?

You’re probably familiar with the movie Mean Girls, in which Lindsay Lohan plays Cady, a kindhearted (albeit naive) high school student who is taken under the wing of two misfits, Janis and Damian. But it’s not long until Cady is noticed by Regina, the popular “mean girl,” and is convinced by Janis and Damian to … Continue reading What do Mike Pence and ‘Mean Girls’ have in common?

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Vote for Moore, because abortion is worse than pedophilia, says The Federalist

Writing for The Federalist, Tully Borland makes what he believes to be a compelling case for why Alabamians should vote for Roy Moore, the disgraced judge. It’s so compelling, it can be summarized in a single word: Abortion. It’s all about abortion. And he really wants you to know that he has a 14-year-old daughter, … Continue reading Vote for Moore, because abortion is worse than pedophilia, says The Federalist

Here’s why you shouldn’t justify voting for a morally questionable politician

Christian author Eric Metaxas has some words for people who read the title of D.C. McAllister's Federalist article - "Why It's Justified to Vote for a Morally Questionable Politician" - and immediately thought, "You're joking, right?" No, the article title isn't a joke, and Metaxas is very serious about making sure you "think logically" when … Continue reading Here’s why you shouldn’t justify voting for a morally questionable politician

Atheists and progressive Christians need each other as allies

Ever since I dropped out of seminary four years ago, I’ve been undergoing a period of “spiritual deconstruction.” I still consider myself a Christian, albeit one with questions and significant doubts. For atheists who used to be Christian, it’s no surprise that many Christian groups seem to be allergic to questions. Consequently, I find myself … Continue reading Atheists and progressive Christians need each other as allies

I was an Episcopalian for five minutes on Facebook

Feeling a burst of confidence and rare certainty, I recently changed my Facebook “religious views” to “Episcopalian.” For over a year, I’d left that section of my profile blank as I underwent a deconstruction period: I knew I believed in God, but I’d become rather agnostic about religion. I missed Judaism, the religion of my … Continue reading I was an Episcopalian for five minutes on Facebook

An atheist describes what drew him to the Catholic church

Bart Everson is a “religious atheist.” Yes, he knows it sounds like an oxymoron, but he’s fine with that. He wrote in a piece for the Mid-City Messenger that religion for him doesn’t have to be about God. For example, Buddhism is one of the world’s largest religions, yet its adherents don’t worship the Buddha. … Continue reading An atheist describes what drew him to the Catholic church

Christian women gather in Washington to protest feminism

The idea of women gathering to protest against feminism makes as much sense as vegans marching in support of cheeseburgers, but a group of Christian women recently gathered on the Washington Mall to dance, pray, and protest about a movement they feel does not represent them. “For years, the feminists lied to us,” Christian author … Continue reading Christian women gather in Washington to protest feminism

Mother! shows us what toxic forgiveness looks like in evangelical culture

This post contains spoilers Conservative Christians aren’t usually fond of how Hollywood portrays them on-screen, and Mother! is no exception. In a review on Plugged In, the entertainment blog of Focus on the Family, reviewer Adam R. Holz calls it “The most scathing, contempt-filled attack upon [Christianity] that I have ever seen.” The Humanist summarizes … Continue reading Mother! shows us what toxic forgiveness looks like in evangelical culture

NEW RELEASE: Refocusing My Family by Amber Cantorna

I was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to read early drafts of Amber Cantorna's new memoir, Refocusing My Family: Coming out, being cast out, and discovering the true love of God. "Refocusing" is a play on the name of the fundamentalist organization, Focus on the Family, of which Amber's family is affiliated. Tragically, … Continue reading NEW RELEASE: Refocusing My Family by Amber Cantorna