Beth is the resident Christian blogger at Friendly Atheist, representing "Not All Christians" in a country where Donald Trump is Lord and Savior. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Kent State University and a master’s degree in creative nonfiction from Colorado State University. Her work has appeared in xoJane, Huffington Post, and Christians for Biblical Equality, among other places.
Last time we heard from Elizabeth Smart, she was starting to openly discuss the ways her purity culture upbringing made it difficult to escape from her rapist and kidnapper, despite multiple opportunities to do so. Today, she is actively speaking out against her Mormon church’s teachings about women, sex, and virginity as it is linked to worth: Read more
One of the Religious Right’s biggest fears regarding the legalization of gay marriage was the possibility of pastors being forced to officiate against their conscience. A new poll by LifeWay Research, an evangelical research firm, throws cold water on that idea. Not only have pastors not been legally compelled to do so, they’ve barely been asked. Read more