The 10 Most Popular Posts of 2019 December 29, 2019

The 10 Most Popular Posts of 2019

As I did in 2016, 2017, and 2018, I’m going to avoid sharing the posts that received the most pageviews because it’s such a crapshoot. Things go viral for no rhyme or reason. I don’t think they’re necessarily indicative of the most interesting or noteworthy things we’ve published this year.

So instead, here’s a list of the ten posts people spent the most time reading this year, beginning with the piece you stayed on the longest. It’s a much better reflection, I think, of quality over quantity.

All these pieces were published this past year. Tomorrow, I’ll post a similar list for articles from our archives.

I should add that there’s one caveat: At least 1,000 people had to click on it and contribute to the length of time spent on the site. (Otherwise, the one person who spent an absurdly long amount of time on a post that was a few lines long would take the top spot. I assume that person fell asleep. I hope he’s okay.)

1) Christian TV Host: God Will Punish Democrats for Trying to Impeach Trump (Sep. 26)

Right-wing conspiracy theorist Chris McDonald made it clear Democrats will suffer for opening up an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. (I guess punishing Republicans for ripping apart refugee families isn’t on God’s to-do list.) As of this writing, though, more than half the country is on the Democrats’ side.

2) Texas Judge Gets Public Warning for Refusing to Perform Same-Sex Weddings (Dec. 4)

Tell me if you’ve heard this before: A Christian woman in a government job believes her religion gives her the right to avoid doing her job. She’s now suing the state for reprimanding her.

3) “A Kind of Religion”: Jussie Smollett and the Weaponization of Identity Politics (Feb. 22)

This piece by Terry Firma grappled with the faux hate crime perpetuated by actor Jussie Smollett and how we must be skeptical even when the truth could hurt a cause worth fighting for.

4) Christian Radio Host Prays to Defend Trump from “Hoodoo, Hooloo, Joodoo” (Dec. 4)

It’s cringe-worthy enough to hear pathetic defenses of Donald Trump’s crimes. It’s even worse when that defense includes Christian gibberish.

5) Paula White: I Can’t Abandon Trump Because “What Would That Say About Who I Am?” (Dec. 3)

The president’s spiritual adviser accidentally admitted she couldn’t abandon the president because people might think she has some self-respect.

6) Pat Robertson: To Destroy “Powerful Witches,” Bind Satan & His “Forces of Evil” (Sep. 24)

Pat Robertson offered a non-sensical solution for a problem no one has. If anyone knows how to bind Satan, please let me know.

7) Samantha Bee Shines a Spotlight on Christian Scamvangelist Paula White (Nov. 14)

There are reasons Trump and White are kindred spirits. None of them are worth admiring.

8) Pat Robertson: God May Have Created the Earth in Six “Galactic Days” (Aug. 28)

To reconcile the Creation myth with science, Robertson created his own astronomical unit.

9) Thanos, Satan, and Hundreds of Kansans Stood Against the Westboro Baptist Church (Sep. 25)

The Christian hate group was protesting outside an elementary school after a boy spoke out in favor of a Kansas city’s proposed LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinance. Naturally, other evil people came to join them.

10) Former Creation Museum Staffer Exposes “Toxic Culture” of Ken Ham’s Empire (Jun. 26)

This detailed description of the personal hell suffered by a former staffer at Answers in Genesis still hasn’t been addressed or acknowledged by Ken Ham or his other minions.

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