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    Former academic, now a freelance writer.

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  1. On our podcast, Deconversion Therapy, we just did an episode about the hate preachers who are calling for the government to kill LGBT people. Doing the research was sickening. One of the preachers is also a police detective in the county where my daughter (a bisexual) attends college. We're a comedy podcast, so we make fun of them, but we also see how dangerous these people are. The police guy might have now been fired, but all it takes is one person in the congregation to read into what these men are preaching. Here are my notes on our episode that includes articles and names names for those who want to keep an eye on these people.
  2. This week on Deconversion Therapy: A Humorous Podcast about Religion, Karen and Bonnie poke at Franklin Graham, one of the most misrable-seeming men to be filled with the joy of salvation. IT WAS A BLAST! Graham tweeted a happy birthday to Melania Trump, calling her the classiest first lady AMERICA HAS EVER HAD. Eat it, Mary Washington and Jackie Kennedy! Twitter did their thing and went after him. We’re sure he has to ask for repentance after seeing all the photos people responded with. Bonnie can’t help thinking of Franklin, the puppet from Arrested Development. Our intro and outro music is an homage to that show. We go over how Franklin Graham got kicked out of school for keeping a coed out past curfew, a story Bonnie doesn’t totally believe. And, how the loving man of God publicly called for Pete Buttigieg to repent of his gayness. Karen tells of staying at a beautiful castle in Colorado she didn’t know was the headquarters of the conservative college student group The Navigators. They also use it as a hotel. NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED. Karen died. Her funeral is Saturday. Send us your funny letters HERE! We still pander for Facebook likes, Ratings, and Reviewers (click over there to the right to be taken to iTunes). It’s the best place to leave reviews, but we’ll take them on any platform! iTunes Spotify Stitcher Bye now!
  3. This week, Bonnie and Karen discuss their time in Baptist day school. They read a listener’s letter about bringing her boyfriend to church and the Sunday School teachers deciding to divide the boys and girls up so they could talk about sex. And what would Christian school be without unruly boys who dive in dumpsters and pull out nudey magazines? We still pander for Facebook likes, Ratings, and Reviewers (click over there to the right to be taken to iTunes). iTunes Spotify Stitcher Website
  4. Our new episode is up. I tell about when God sent me strippers to show his humor. We discuss how every.thing! is a sign from God when you're a Christian. You can listen on our website, if you don't listen to podcasts regularly. Or listen on your favorite podcast app. Here's some: Stitcher iTunes Spotify Himalaya Thanks, everyone for your support so far!
  5. I just recounted this on our podcast, but I wanted to tell it here. My college roommate and I had just left a women-only Bible study and were walking back to our dorm. All the girls at the Bible study were talking about how they want to get closer to God...so they will be ready to meet their future husbands. In evangelical terms, the saying about you have to work on yourself before you are ready for a relationship is painted over with cherry-picked Bible lingo. I actually was upset on my walk back to the dorm. I was getting fed up with everything having to do with guys, so I turned to my roommate and said, "That's it. I'm avoiding guys. We should want to get closer to God for the fact that he's God, not because we want a husband. None for me. Just me and God." On the quiet road to the dorm, a large bus pulls up. A long-haired guy in short shorts jumps out (this is the 80s which might put the outfit and why we walked alone at night in perspective [we were all idiots]. He asks us where Juno Beach is and says they needed to be there in 5 minutes. "Well, you passed it by about an hour." He asked if I could give directions to the bus driver, so we hopped up the stairs and were in the midst of 25 oiled down guys. "We're the Chippendales." They were great and funny and in the end, I had to pull my roommate out of the bus because she was having the time of her little Baptist life. When they pulled off, we looked at each other, laughed, and talked to God about what a great sense of humor he has! Yes, we believed God caused the Chippendales to be late, or even miss, their show, drive by little ol' me so that God could show his humor about me swearing off guys. Not a question in our minds. Oh, that divine prankster!
  6. Will you be on the toilet when the rapture comes? Bonnie and I fumble through some rapture theories, reminisce about the times we thought we’d been left behind, and, well, that brings up the book series Left Behind—which spawned D movies starring Kirk Cameron and Nicholas Cage. Plus a gross letter about feet from a listener.You can listen here. I'd love to hear anyone else's funny rapture or foot washing stories.
  7. We have a new episode up. If you watched Netflix's Abducted in Plain Sight, or even if you didn't, we talk about it on this week's episode, along with John Mulaney's SNL monologue about his Catholic upbringing, plastic flowers and hundreds of people receiving postcards from Christian strangers in the Nashville area.
  8. In this episode on Deconversion Therapy, we reveal who we are: REALLY BIG CELEBRITIES. Or perhaps we discuss some real ones who are showing up as trendy Christians on social media—Chris Pratt, Justin Bieber, Sherilyn Fenn, Kendall Kardashian. I hope my exchristian.net friends will subscribe and rate us. You all have been great! iTunes Spotify Podbean Stitcher
  9. Something to kick-start our podcast's (Deconversion Therapy: A Humorous Podcast About Leaving Religion) Facebook page. Any likes are also appreciated. Post your original or favorite meme to our Facebook page. If we use it, we'll also give you a shout-out on our podcast as well as a heathen prophecy. Thanks for all your support so far! Meme ContestPost an original or favorite meme here. If we use it, we'll give you a podcast shout-out, plus a heathen prophecy.
  10. On this week’s episode of Deconversion Therapy, Bonnie and Karen discuss the fateful missionary trip of John Chau, a zealot young missionary who was killed by a remote tribe in late November of 2018. Then they recount their bumbling efforts of ushering people into the kingdom. Thanks for all your support!
  11. Wow. This is great. Great perspective. I'm friends with the disabled journalist Trump made fun of--he feels the same way every time he sees himself as a meme, so I see where you're coming from.
  12. I totally agree. I should reword it to make sure people know we're trying to show up the ignorance, and danger, or the church by highlighting stories that are ridiculous. Thanks for saying that.
  13. If there's something the two straight hosts of our podcast have in common, it's the number of post-church gay friends we have. Most of them were in the closet, even to themselves, back then. If you have a 5-minute funny story about being gay while in the church (no matter where you were in your own realization), please send it to us to read on the podcast. We always appreciate new listeners, and we take all kinds of true, funny stories. Here are guidelines and where to submit. Podcasts are now on Spotify, so you can just ask Siri or Alexa to play Deconversion Therapy, or listen at the above link. Thanks!
  14. We'd love any listens, rate, reviews, and shares of our new comedy podcast about leaving religion. This episode was about the movie Jesus Camp. Truly horrifying. You can find it on most podcatchers--iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or listen at the below link. AND we're always looking for funny stories about being in the church! Deconversion Therapy. https://deconversiontherapypodcast.com/
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