Note: I have given my readers the ability to contact me because I care about those who have gone through the sorts of things I have– it’s important for some of us to have a more private outlet to talk to someone, or to ask questions. I will ignore and block e-mails, tweets, and facebook messages that I feel are inappropriate, threatening, or insulting. I do not respond to rants.
I just read your blog about Calvary Chapel abuse. And yes I share your anger and disgust. The fact is that the Calvary Chapel is very toxic. The teaching is wrong and the answers you receive are designed to lack empathy-ie Calvary Chapels embrace a form of toxic narcissism.
Can you add our website to your links, thanks!
ACCN Australia Website
Spiritual and Mental Abuse in Apostolic Christian Church Nazarene in Australia:
I’m still trying to overcoming a fundamentalist indoctrination. Thank you for this blog!
#8 in the 15 reasons should probably be Romans 8:28 not Hebrews.
Hi! of course this horrible story about Justin Pelletier had me in knowledge overkill that led me to an article about Homeschooling’s Invisible Children. It’s very sad to me that there are bad parents, but that is a part of the darkest side of humanity. If there are parents who want to abuse their children, they will manipulate situations and the children will fall through whatever protective nets are there. Abuse is not limited to home education, and in the case of Laurie Williamson, http://www.tdcaa.com/node/2871, her home schooling and church friends were unemotionally in agreement that this lady was evil, if you know about her.
I home schooled all three of my children and did not abuse them. It’s so sad that I have to qualify this. They are not misfits, and are productive members of society. Unfortunately, I will also be labeled by some as a scary right winger because I also call myself a Christian. It’s very popular to bash Christians. Just let all the Christians leave America now and find out what a Muslim society is like. Hmmm. Burka anyone?
I just wanted to let you know that Islamaphobic comments violate my comment policy. Please keep my comment policy in mind as you participate here.
I love what youre doing. HOWEVER, I also grew up in the deep south, I was raised Catholic and Protestant. and there is something that puzzles me. You see, the bible says if a tree bears bad fruit, cut it down and burn it. To me Christianity is not several trees, but one big giant tree, making up the liberals, moderates and fundies. The way I see it, if you ignore the fundies youre just plugging your ears, closing your eyes and screaming LA LA LA. See no evil, hear no evil speak no evil. This is why I consider myself a Pagan Buddhist Monist. We are all connected, but Christianity, ALL of christianity even the liberal sects are bad fruit. Tear down the tree, and you get……….yourself. Your true self, not this Jesus worshipping parody of a person. Christians believe you are worthless without Jesus, That is why I think all of christianity is bad, even the so called liberal sects. By the way, Christians believe women are lesser beings, so why be christian at all? Because youre a coward. That is why.
Disagree with me all you like, but please abide by my comment policy. Direct insults and attacks on anyone’s character aren’t allowed. The last few sentences weren’t necessary. You’d already made your point.
I recently began following your blog after being led here from Love, Joy, Feminism. I have found your articles thoughtful, intelligent, and interesting. One question: Did you recently change your blog layout or background? Now there is a dark stripe about an inch wide down the center of the page. Is this intentional, or maybe a problem with my out-of-date browser? I wasn’t going to mention it, but I am finding it more and more distracting and I don’t want to be distracted from the important things you are saying.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and perspective with us.
I did recently change it, bit that shouldn’t be happening. I’ll ask WordPress about it.
Wow – that was fast! I just determined that the problem is browser specific. When I open your page in Chrome the stripe isn’t there. If you still want to contact WordPress, the browser that wasn’t working for me is IE 8.0.7601
Have a good night!
Hi Samantha, anne and i love marriage, we’ve been married for 38 years, and we live in Colorado Springs. Can we send you a complimentary copy of our new marriage book? It’s called “TOGETHER Reclaiming Co-Leadership in Marriage.” Our focus is the mutual equality and mutual authority (co-leadership) God designed for marriage in the beginning. We’d love for you to compare/contrast it to REAL MARRIAGE … thanks-:)-
Hi! Could you please share your thoughts on verses Numbers 31:17-18? It seems absurd to assume that the Israeli soldiers asked these women for consent, which raises the question why (a moral) God would allow this.
(I’m a regular reader of your blog and I know that you often emphasize the importance of consent in sexual relations, so I’m just curious what you – as a Christian – think about this passage.)
Thanks for your time.