There were several posts I didn’t publish this calendar year that people still check out, so I wanted to highlight those. As I did with the other list, the only caveat here is that at least 1,000 people had to click on it. They’re sorted in order of how much time people spent reading them.
1) How Abstinence-Only Sex Education Led Me Down An Unexpected Path (July 3, 2015)
Amber Barnhill grew up in a conservative Christian household where she only knew one thing about sex: “There is this hole in my body, but if anything goes near it before I’m married, I will lose all value in this life and basically become a ‘filthy rag.'” She eventually broke free of that mindset and she’s raising her children to be sex-positive.
In 2013, I sent two people to a women’s conference hosted by Creationist ministry Answers in Genesis. They reported back with everything they heard and what they took away from it.
3) An Open Letter to the Kid Wearing a Creationist T-shirt in the Science Museum (September 17, 2015)
Rachel Whetstone noticed someone at a science museum wearing a shirt advocating Creationism and it took her back to the days when she was a home-schooled evangelical Christian who did the same thing.
4) Inventor Selling Pseudoscientific Product Gets Caught in Shark Tank (February 25, 2012)
In one of the more memorable segments from the show Shark Tank, a man attempted to sell the investors on Esso Watches, which supposedly balance out the ions in our body and restore “our body back to its natural state.” Mark Cuban wouldn’t let him get away with it.
5) Woman with a Mancard: My Night at Kirk Cameron’s Marriage-Strengthening Event (August 10, 2011)
I sent a reader to a Kirk Cameron-hosted event designed to strengthen everyone’s marriages. It literally involved handing the husbands a “Man Card” that said “My wife rocks.”
Ricki Lake (remember her?!) was behind a movie urging women to stop taking birth control pills. It was part of her advocacy for the “natural pregnancy” movement. But as you might expect, her film was full of lies, half-truths, and scare tactics.
A self-proclaimed “modern Renaissance man” and anti-evolution activist sued Richard Dawkins for $58 million for saying, in 1989, that people who denied evolution were “ignorant, stupid or insane.” He took that very, very personally.
After hearing about an Arizona congregation that fed homeless teenagers, many of whom are transgender, Creationist Ken Ham saw fit to criticize the Christians for not condemning the transgender teens and letting them know they’re sinners.
9) National Geographic Takes a Look at the Spread of the “Religion” Called Atheism (April 24, 2016)
National Geographic published a long article about “The World’s Newest Major Religion: No Religion.” The piece itself wasn’t that bad, but the headline left so much to be desired. The author of the article eventually responded to the criticism.
10) Our Night at a Christian “Marriage Symposium” (October 11, 2011)
I sent two readers to a “Marriage Symposium” sponsored by right-wing Christian groups in Illinois. (This was before marriage equality was legal throughout the country.) What they heard there was a whole lot of fear-mongering and not a lot of facts. But at least the audience was small and relatively old. It’s almost like young people don’t care about what these bigots have to say…
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