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1. Despite the "science" of the "pro-life" movement being, well, not, I found opposition to abortion to be one of the hardest aspects of my Christian Right upbringing and indoctrination to shake. My experience in the #Exvangelical community suggests I'm far from alone in this.
2. And since having an exchange with @summerbrennan yesterday about the possible efficacy (or not) of efforts to educate anti-abortion voters on the actual facts, I've been wondering why opposition to abortion is so hard to shake even when you abandon Evangelical politics.
3. Assuming that it is a general pattern, as my anecdotal experience strongly suggests. A lot of former Evangelicals turned progressive Christians, including prominent voices like @rachelheldevans, remain "pro-life," but refuse a narrow definition and reject single issue voting.
4. For context, this is the best debunking of the notions that abortion is murder and that for "pro-life" right-wing Christians it's really about "saving babies" that I've seen anywhere. @lovejoyfeminism is fantastic blog:…
4-a. @summerbrennan, you may find the article linked above effective in working with indoctrinated anti-choice religious believers who have become skeptical and questioning on other matters.
5. Meanwhile, I've become convinced that abortion serves as a defensive fetish for right-wing white Christians, allowing them to seek respectability while refusing to engage in any real introspection or change:…
6. But is opposition to abortion particularly hard to shake as a general rule? And if so, why? From my own experience, I can say that having rhetoric about murdering babies pounded into your head from early childhood had a powerful impact.
7. In Christian school and church, we were told abortion was a literal holocaust and that it was our job to stop it. When these pronouncements come from religious authority figures, they can stir you deeply.
8. Later in life, you can teach people who went through this that around half of all fertilized eggs don't implant. You can teach us that Evangelicals' anti-abortion stance came late and was manufactured.
9. But even with that information, it seems it's still very difficult for it to shift the ingrained emotional response to abortion we were programmed with.
10. I'm not sure what to do with these musings. I'm worried that Roe being overturned thanks to Evangelical Trumpism is well within the realm of possibility.
11. But I guess what I come back to is this. Right-wing Christians' anti-abortion stance is an aspect of their authoritarian ethos:…
12. It takes more than facts to fight #ChristianAltFacts. Facts cannot change the minds of people with a deep emotional investment in a given position.
13. We remain faced with the problem that one of the two major parties in our two-party system is controlled by extremists. Largely thanks to the Christian Right:…
14. And the only way to stop authoritarianism is to deprive authoritarians of political power. They don't value the rule of law or democratic norms.
15. It is my hope that we can make some headway in this by elevating ex-Evangelical voices in order to change the mainstream U.S. understanding of white Evangelicals as "quirky" but benign. Conservative Evangelicals are not benign.…
16. The Christian Right represents America's single greatest threat to democracy and human rights. Ex-Evangelicals know this from the inside, from having lived it. If you can, promote #Exvangelical voices to help us change the MSM conversation on Evangelicals. #EmptyThePews

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Another reversal of an improvement for LGBTQ acceptance in an evangelical institution (World Vision is the other one I have in mind). Evangelicalism doesn’t change its patriarchal ways. It just casts out the people who would make it better.

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I also RT requests for financial help fairly often. Unfortunately, many in the #Exvangelical community have needs and are hampered by lack of education, meaningless degrees, or lack of professional experience outside evangelical institutions. The social costs of leaving are high.
I don’t want or expect anyone who can’t afford it to give, and I don’t want anyone to feel obligated; even just RTing those requests is immensely helpful. It is my hope that someday we’ll have some kind of foundation to fund #Exvangelical projects and meet needs. #EmptyThePews
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“We have to put citizens at the heart of our response to disinformation.” - Nina Jankowicz (@wiczipedia) at the Indiana Council on World Affairs.
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Enforcement of terms of service also needs to be consistent, and cannot he left to algorithms alone.
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Next weekend I’ll be in Charleston, South Carolina to give a talk for @CHShumanists, and am very much looking forward to that! October is also pretty full!

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Aug 28, 2018
1. A few thoughts on Trump's dinner in honor of evangelicals, which I'll be discussing with @RickSmithShow later. Key context to consider is that fascism is concerned with defining who belongs to "the nation" or "the people," and who doesn't. Internal enemies (Others) are needed.
2. This dovetails neatly with the way in which fundamentalist believers police who does and does not count as a member of their religious confession. This is critical to understanding the Christian Right's politics of "religious freedom":

3. Indeed, as I have written elsewhere, "Fundamentalism is authoritarianism in microcosm, or on the margins. Fascism is essentially fundamentalism in power." The vast majority of white evangelicals are authoritarian and fundamentalist.…

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