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When I was a small child, growing up in the mid 70’s in rural Western North Carolina, segregation was still an unspoken rule. My elementary school was all white, and I rarely if ever encountered African Americans. My maternal grandmother took me shopping in Asheville once, and we passed a man […]

Bible-Based Bigotry Is Not New In North Carolina


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I am so sick of hearing the stupid line, “men have no business in women’s bathrooms.” It’s a ridiculous mischaracterization of transgender WOMEN. But over and over, the roughly 35% of North Carolinians who still support House Bill 2 trot that line out to defend it. When you call them on the […]

Live From North Carolina: Showdown With The DOJ


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The Truth Apostolic Church in Madisonville, KY is having a very bad week. Not only did their pastor, Michael Orten, hire a convicted child rapist and put him on the “outreach team” where he (among other things) runs the Bus Ministry (which gives children a ride to Sunday School) he doubled down […]

UPC Pastor Defends Child Rapist: “It Takes Two To Tango”




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In the spring of 1970, a 17 year old girl in rural North Carolina discovered she was pregnant. She was terrified. The daughter of a church deacon, she knew there was no way her parents would allow her to keep the baby. And there was no way she could, even […]

Little Sisters of the Poor, Reproductive Rights and Donald Trump




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So I haven’t darkened the door of my local UPC in over two years. There’s no way I’ll ever go back. Yet for some reason, at least half of the people on my Facebook friends list were church people. They’ve been dropping off steadily over the past few months, especially since […]

Finally Cutting Ties With My Former Churchmates


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It was a beautiful night last night. The sun had just gone down and I was enjoying the silvery light of the moon, just reaching the first quarter of her waxing phase. Untill… (in your head imagine the sound of a needle being drug across a record) My phone buzzes. […]

Threatening With The Wrath Of God Is Still Bullying


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A couple sit anxiously in the ER, where their only child is being frantically attended to. As they fall to their knees in desperate prayer, the husband pulls out what he believes to be his biggest bargaining chip with God: “Heal our child, Lord. Work a miracle. My wife, this […]

Holy Magic Hair: How Fundamentalist Christianity Gets Women To Subjugate ...



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In college, Western Civilization 101 pulled the rug of faith right out from under me. Growing up in the Bible Belt, I’d been indoctrinated almost by osmosis. It seemed obvious to me that since Adam and Eve had a one-on-one with Yahweh from the very beginnings of human history (since that […]

Everything We’ve Been Taught About The Origins Of Civilization May ...