12. In other words, we need to be able to call out the major demographic in this country that is in fact not participating in democracy in good faith, that rejects pluralism--which is essential to democracy. That defines "religious freedom" as "freedom" for them to discriminate.
13. And this is where #Exvangelical voices come in. We are uniquely placed to explain and criticize right-wing, mostly white evangelical subculture, if only the movers and shakes in the American press were willing to listen. And they are starting to be.
14. Hitherto, the major media outlets have mostly been willing to let white evangelicals put their best foot forward and control their own narrative. The extremism that is pervasive, and that many of us have been trying to expose for years, was written off as "fringe."
15. If evangelical extremism is fringe, then almost all of evangelicalism is fringe, frankly. And it's time we start listening to exvies whose lived experience explains evangelical Trumpism far better than "coastal elite" pundits can:https://t.co/eyUgHlIICH
16. It is only because of the extraordinary circumstances of evangelical Trumpism, because of the raw display of ugly nationalism and callousness and hypocrisy on display, that #Exvangelicals are starting to be considered stakeholders in the national discussion of evangelicalism.
17. And we really are making progress in terms of #Exvangelical representation. This week, the cover story of @Newsweek will be a piece on exvies by @ninaburleigh. And here's @PaulHRosenberg quoting us in a piece on Christian Right legislative strategy:https://t.co/F0jZBZV0PP
18. And, of course, @CBSReligion recently released @lizkineke's documentary special "Deconstructing My Religion," featuring myself, @brchastain, @emilyjoypoetry, @LindaKayKlein, @julieingersoll, @Lily_Warrior, @KEBrightbill, @WheelerWorkshop, @JosiahMHesse, @greenworldblogs.
20. That it took such extraordinary circumstances to get us to the point where exvies are just beginning to be regarded as stakeholders in discussions of evangelicalism does not reflect well on the objectivity of American journalism or the health of American civil society.
21. But if the momentum continues, then maybe it will help us overcome the current right-wing authoritarian rampage and get to something like a healthy civil society and a functional democracy. Evangelicals continue to try to control their narrative, erasing ours in the process.
22. But I'm beginning to think that we are succeeding in reclaiming our own stories and changing the big picture story. Here's some of my story, by the way, with data and big picture analysis of evangelical authoritarianism:https://t.co/Iag0vJbTnN
23. Here's a reason to hope. Wheaton College is hosting a #GC2Summit on #ChurchToo/abuse in evangelical spaces tomorrow, appropriating an #Exvangelical hashtag that not only calls out abuse but also points to the inherent abuse in patriarchal theology. Typical evangelical PR. BUT
24. Despite weeks of this conference's organizers ignoring tweeted concerns and calls to include the creators of #ChurchToo, @emilyjoypoetry and @hannahpaasch, this time their giving us the cold shoulder is not going unnoticed. Here's some commentary:https://t.co/WgRY3wDEJS
25. My understanding is that there is more to come, coverage that will come up in Google News searches, thus depriving the organizers of the conference--who hold to the same theology that is at the root of the abuse they're supposedly criticizing--from controlling the narrative.
26. We are also planning to tweet our protest of the Wheaton summit tomorrow starting at 9 a.m. Central, using the hashtags #GC2Summit and #ChurchToo. Please join us. Here's more on what's wrong with the summit:https://t.co/A71qunMJaI