Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Commentary Tidbits

The New Yorker: Unfollow: How a prized daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church came to question its beliefs

Vox: Rubber Band Experiment Taught Me How Wrong Gay Conversion Therapy Is

Rosa Rubicondior: Mormon Cult Losing Members Over Homophobic Bullying

The New Yorker: Ted Cruz’s Religious Test for Syrian Refugees

Religion Dispatches: War with Islam? Evangelicals ponder Christian response to Paris attacks

Religion Dispatches: As New Poll Finds “Increased Xenophobic Streak,” Republicans Heighten Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

New York Times: Ted Cruz and the Anti-Gay Pastor

The New Civil Rights Movement: Republican Presidential Candidates Align With Anti-Gay Religious Leaders

Huffington Post: Marked for Death: A Homosexual's Rant to His Would Be Executioners

Friendly Atheist: Christian Pastor Criticizes Paris Terror Attack Victims for Attending “Death Metal” Concert

The Inquisitr: Duggar Family Forced to Remove Josh from Illinois Facility

Brane Space: 'Little Sisters of the Poor' Need an Education In Artificial Birth Control


  1. Wow, that Westboro story is really something. I'd heard Nathan Phelps talk about leaving, but I'd never heard her story.

    I'm curious about the numbers of members leaving after the LDS recent screw-up. I saw articles about upcoming mass resignations, but haven't heard the stats yet. It almost seemed as though the leaders were shaking the tree to get rid of some progressives that were trying to make a change from the inside, but just couldn't hang after this. If so, mission accomplished (probably).

    1. Michelle -- May the Westboro Baptist Church lose many more members.

      If the LDS leaders were trying to root out progressives with this stunt, they succeeded. However, I don't think they realized just how many Mormons would leave the church. If that was their plan, I hope it backfires on them spectacularly.

  2. The New Yorker piece on the young woman from the Wesboro Baptist Church is well done and a powerful reminder that the real evil is indoctrination. It was inspiring to read about how some of the objects of the young woman's hatred and dehumanization still reached out to her. Great read. Thanks for posting the link, Ahab.

    1. Agi Tater -- Maybe there's hope for others still trapped in that snakepit of a "church"?


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