Stuff Fundies Like

A follower of this blog and a friend posted a link to Stuff Fundies Like today. It was my first visit to this fabulous site. How could I even call myself a blogger without finding his site?! With Darrell’s great knack of encapsulating all things Fundamentalist and letting us relive our oh-so-imprisoned days of being bound by ignorance and militaristic faith to God, I find myself laughing and grimacing at the truth on this site.

Darrell was so gracious to give me permission to repost material from his site. I wanted to include some recent posts that I find incredibly insightful, sarcastic and overall hilarious.

For example, you can’t talk about Fundamentalists without mentioning their all-encompassing love for RUNNING AND RULING THE REPUBLICAN party. So, Darrell shows us this:

Darrell writes about what he knows: Baptist Fundamentalism. In his post, Baptist Distinctives Day 6: Two Offices, he’s not just writing about Baptist Ministers, but ALL Fundamenalist Ministers. See his requirements for becoming a pastor (emphasis my own):

The requirements for becoming a pastor are stringent in fundyland. You have to be male. You have to claim to have heard THE CALL™. You have to own at least one serviceable suit. You have to not be divorced. And you have to be in the good graces of a couple other pastors. Education, wisdom, gentleness, and professionalism are completely optional.

 

About Darrell,

“I’m the son and grandson of Baptist preachers. After I graduated from a fundamentalist university, I began to become increasingly aware of problems in that movement which eventually led to me leaving fundamentalism, although I still consider myself a “conservative evangelical Christian.” In November of 2008, I started SFL on a whim, just as a place to jot down a few memories and observations in a satiric and mildly humorous format. Strangely enough, a bunch of other folks who had similiar experiences began showing up to read and chat. The site has been growing ever since.

Thank you, Darrell. You’ve made my day!

Examining Cult Culture on WUNC

Today I was a guest featured on WUNC, The State of Things, a radio show on North Carolina Public Radio.

If you’d like to hear the conversation, go here.

Host Frank Stasio examines public perception of new religious movements with James Tabor, chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Sean McCloud, an associate professor of religious studies and American studies affiliate at UNC-Charlotte; Benjamin Zeller, an assistant professor of religious studies at Brevard College; and Lisa Kerr, founder of the Web site www.mycultlife.com.

Radio Interview Today w/Lisa Kerr

Good morning, little monsters!

Today, I’m telling my story on WUNC 91.5, North Carolina’s Public Radio. The show is called The State of Things with host Frank Stasio. The other guests are Benjamin Zeller (Brevard College), Sean McCloud (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) and James Tabor (University of North Carolina at Charlotte), all authors and religious studies professors.

You can listen live at 9 am PST (on your computer or Iphone) or download the podcast later. To listen live, visit their site http://wunc.org/programs/tsot/ and look for the right sidebar under “Pledge Now.” You’ll see a bar that says Listen Live/Podcasts. From there, choose your media of choice and listen. 🙂

Hope to see you there!

 

Why I’m Not Afraid of Libel

You’ve probably heard the term slander before. You may have even heard that I’m “slandering pastors.”

 

Incorrect.

 

The correct term would be “libel.”

Libel is written word against someone else, IF it is untrue.

 

Why am I not afraid of libel? Many reasons. The first is this: nothing I write about Daniel Jones, Nathan Davies or Lloyd Zeigler is untrue. I can either verify it (because it happened to me) or I have witnesses who can verify it happened. Multiple witnesses.

 

In 1964, there was a court case called New York Times vs. Sullivan. The case extended the protection offered the press by the First Amendment. L.B. Sullivan, a police commissioner in Montgomery, Ala., had filed a libel suit against the New York Times for publishing inaccurate information about certain actions taken by the Montgomery police department. In overturning a lower court’s decision, the Supreme Court held that debate on public issues would be inhibited if public officials could sue for inaccuracies that were made by mistake. The ruling made it more difficult for public officials to bring libel charges against the press, since the official had to prove that a harmful untruth was told maliciously and with reckless disregard for truth. (Source)

 

So, they would have to prove that I told a harmful untruth (STOPPED RIGHT THERE), and that I had a malicious and reckless disregard for the truth.

 

Case closed. I continue to speak. Join me. Or let them keep intimidating people into silence.

Gay Conversion Iphone App

Do you think gays can be converted? I don’t.

But, apparently Exodus International thinks a gay person can be converted to being straight, and they even made an Iphone App: http://blog.newhumanist.org.uk/2011/03/controversy-over-gay-conversion-app-for.html.

Stupid Things Christians Say

Today, like many days, people say STUPID things.

I’m not sure if I’m just noticing these things more, or if there really is just an influx in the stupidity, but today’s post is dedicated to stupid things Christians say.

Seen on Facebook:

Sept 11th (NY) Jan 11th(Haiti) March 11th (Japan)……..Luke 21:10 – 11 Then Jesus said to his disciples ” Nation will rise against nation, Kingdom against Kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places and fearful events and great signs from heaven. Jesus says behold i come quickly,[ So…..ask yourself are we ready?][Sad to many people wont repost this message]

Seen on Christianity Today:

In the back of my mind I’ve often thought of the possibility of great suffering being a part of the opening of the heart of the great nation of Japan. A massive earthquake or a nuclear missile from North Korea topped the list of possible devastating ways the Lord might awaken that nation that I love. This, perhaps, could be one of the ways the Lord pierces the darkness of Japan with His light.

Seen on a Facebook post:

College is increasingly becoming a waste of both time and money. Any parent or child looking at “higher” education should seriously and prayerfully consider alternatives to “college.” Don’t get sucked into the “I gotta have a college degree, no matter the cost” myth.

The moral of the story?

The disaster in Japan (Haiti, and New York) seem to be opportunities for God to “save people,” and “pierce the darkness of Japan” and other parts of the world.

Really Christians? Really?

That’s kind of terrible, in a Pat Robertson kind of way.

 

Never Tell Lloyd Zeigler “No”: A Former Master’s Commission Member Story

My experience at Masters Commission, Phoenix, AZ, as told by a Former Master’s Commission Member.

Where to start?

Well I, like many, became interested and joined Master’s Commission after seeing them perform at one of the local churches where I lived. They seemed so energetic and were bursting with talent from their seams. I was a musician and singer, so the fact that they used the stage for everything from acting to singing really peaked my interest. I was in my last year of high school and after seeing them, I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. After I graduated high school I hit the road; destination Phoenix, AZ. There was a diverse group of us (first year students). It was exciting. I remember having a “commitment ceremony” where we, (1st year students) were given a ring to wear as our commitment to God not to date. This was not a problem for me because unbeknownst to everyone there…I was gay. Fast forward in time now… A girl who I will refer to as H, was kicked out of our Master’s Commission. She was also first year. She left and we were told she was demon possessed (because she was gay).
Side-note: I have to say how interesting that Master’s Commission’s BEST services were when they used songs by Ray Boltz. Talk about “annointed” music. When Master’s Commission did their “human videos” to his music; you’d think Jesus would physically show up. Interestingly enough, Ray Boltz just came out that he is gay not that long ago. I guess Master’s Commission didn’t feel the demon possession coming through his music. So hindsight; my privacy was important.

After all, I wasn’t there for any one of them.

I was there for me.

I was there to grow, to learn, to evolve and most important to know God and make him known. I’m so glad that I never confided in Lloyd Zeigler. He thrived to have intimate knowledge of those around him. He would use it to his advantage.

How so?

Well the saying, knowledge is power is exactly how he used his knowledge.  If you don’t believe what I’m saying, then I ask you this; what benefit is there to me or anyone else knowing that one of his subordinates had a struggle with bestiality? No, he didn’t say it to pray for them. It was a flippant bit of information he let roll off his tongue. It was a form of manipulation.

It made you feel that he was all-seeing and all-knowing.

Like a God.

I felt horrible for the person who went to him in confidence, telling their darkest secrets, only to have them repeated. This is just one of many examples of confidentiality being broken. I remember going to a special luncheon with Lloyds wife Chris. It was the first and second year girls who attended.

The one thing that resonated in my mind was when Chris stressed to us to, “NEVER TELL LLOYD NO”.

If he wanted you to perform a part of a human video and you didn’t know the part; it didn’t matter…. You DON’T tell him no. If you are sick but he needs something, you don’t say no. Etc., etc.  I can remember all the second year girls who had already had this talk during their first year nodding their heads in agreement. That wouldn’t be the last time I heard that statement. “Never tell Lloyd no”, would be drilled into us from staff members as well. At that age, and at the place we were at to learn and grow, were were naive and shook our heads in agreement.

Let’s move on to Loyalty.

What emphasis they would put on loyalty.

Loyalty to Lloyd.

During one of our Prayer Sessions, Lloyd came in to a building that at that time was called Carmen Hall. When it was time for him to speak to all of us he began to speak about loyalty. This story I would never forget because it was so twisted. But God forbid I voice that opinion.

He gave an example about loyalty.

He said to us that Pastor Tommy Barnett was his pastor and that he was loyal to him. He said that he was so loyal to him, that if one day he saw Pastor Barnett running after a guy and shooting at them with a gun, that he wouldn’t try to stop Pastor Barnett from shooting that man, but that he would instead help him. Because, he said, for all he knew, maybe that person had tried to assault his wife, Maria Barnett. He stressed that he had trust and loyalty to his Pastor and would not question what he was doing, but trust him and help him.

This blew my mind. We as human beings are fallible.

We are not beings that should be trusted with blind faith and loyalty. But, regardless; his “tale” was a good roundabout way to instill in us, loyalty to our leaders.

Loyalty to [Lloyd.]

There were ex members of Master’s Commission that we were told never to associate with. We were told that they “hurt” Lloyd. And that was enough reason for us not to question any further and to shun whoever they were.

How dare they hurt him….What a load of crap!

We were so impressionable at that age. I feel for the people who came in to the program as children, like we did; but stayed into their adulthood and are still there. They dont know it, but they have blinders on. And at this point in their life… What are they going to do? Some of them have families now. Are they helping their family or hurting them? Are they giving their families the very best that they can? Or are they stuck in a program that dictates their finances, relationships and and the true order of priorities? Are they now the next generation of leadership that is brainwashing a group of young bright eyed kids as they used to be themselves?
I’m glad I’m not a part of it anymore. I’m glad I left when I did. I’m now known as one of those people who “hurt Lloyd”. (Who knows what the story is they’ve made up about that).

And you know what?

I just don’t care.

Here is to living life in the light of day.

The State of the Gay

At a Christian University, Harding in Arkansas, some queer students created this zine to tell their stories–the stories of gay Christians.

The college has blocked campus access to their site: www.huqueerpress.com but you can access it and share the zine.

Read it here and share your love with them here: huqueerpress@gmail.com.

Sperm Donors

I’ve made it clear that I don’t have a husband.

Okay, we get it, Lisa.

You don’t have to have a husband to have a kid, these days. It’s not 1950.

There’s adoption, foster care, and…sperm donors.

You pay like $500 and go in to see the doctor and get the sperm inserted into your Vag and wait to see if it takes. Sometimes it can take a few tries.

So, it’s kind of costly.

But, lets face it. I’m 30, going on 35. Once you’re 35,  your egg count and quality decreases rapidly each year. Once you’re 38, a doctor may have to interfere by In Vitro to get you pregnant. After 40, I think pregnancy is pretty much not going to happen naturally. Or at all, but of course it depends on the woman.

Not to mention the complications after 35: higher rate of miscarriages, higher chances of having a baby with chromosomal abnormalities (aka Downs Syndrome, etc).

Maybe I’m a bit of a head case. I mean, I am only 35. I mean…30.

I still have 5-8 years, right?