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      Guest Speaker 1.26.17 @ 8pm eastern   01/22/2017

      I am pleased to announce that we have are going to have a Q&A with an ex-evangelical on Thurs, January 26, 2017 @ 8pm.  The Q&A will last for approximately 1 hour.  I will be setting up a subforum for guest speakers as I hope to be able to get some other folks come talk to us. Our guest on Thurs will be Chris Stroop.  Here is his bio: Christopher Stroop grew up a rank-and-file member of the Christian Right in an Evangelical enclave community, Stroop's childhood social milieu consisting mostly of family and people associated with church and/or Christian school. From about the age of 16, Stroop found himself dealing with an increasingly acute crisis of faith that was not addressed properly by the people he talked to about it, and he was subjected to spiritual abuse. Stroop nevertheless went on to earn a BA in history and German from Ball State University (summa cum laude) in 2003, and then a Ph.D. in modern Russian History and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities from Stanford in 2012. Subsequently, Stroop spent three academic years teaching in the School of Public Policy at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow, where he kind of sort of almost got in trouble for "teaching Pussy Riot lyrics." Currently, Stroop teaches nineteenth-century European history and Russian Studies classes as a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of South Florida and, as a freelance writer and public speaker, speaks out against the abuses of conservative Christianity in general and the the white Evangelical subculture he comes from in particular. You can find many of his writings in this vein on Religion Dispatches. If you would like to support this work financially, please click here (for monthly support) or here (to leave a one-time gift). Stroop's more academic writings can mostly be found here, and you can follow him on Twitter - @C_Stroop.   We are going to use the Q&A forum format.  I will be setting up a special forum just for Chris.  I will open the forum about 15 minutes before the Q&A starts so you can start asking your questions.   We have a few rules.  Failure to follow these rules will get you temporarily placed in the Prayer Closet so we can preview your posts.  If you get put in the PC during the Q&A you will be released once it's over, but lets just follow the few simple rules so none of that is necessary. Rules for Q&A: 1. Be polite.  This is not an event meant for snark.  Chris is taking time out of his busy schedule to talk to us.  He is an expert in the things we discuss here, so let's give him respect, please. 2. One question per post.   Please don't bog him down with a bunch of questions in one post.  We are using the Q&A format so he can easily answer questions.  Putting a ton of questions in one post defeats the purpose.   You can continue discussion on the thread as he answers and ask another question in the same thread if you have one after he answers. 3. Please try to keep thread drift to a minimum during the Q&A.  After it's over, if you want to continue discussion on the topics  and they drift, that's fine. 4.  Be polite! These rules are subject to change as I and the helpmeets think over possible loopholes (cause there is always one person that has to push boundaries)
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Even More Bateses! (Part the 19th)

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You make me scared, when i first ready the title of the post, my thought was 'wait wat is appening ? A new pregnancy ? "

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5 hours ago, Italiangirl said:

You make me scared, when i first ready the title of the post, my thought was 'wait wat is appening ? A new pregnancy ? "

Same here..... I was hoping it was Michael.

I honestly don't think there is a child cuter than Bradley bates. He's just non stop adorable.

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2 hours ago, Exjw2015deed said:

Same here..... I was hoping it was Michael.

I honestly don't think there is a child cuter than Bradley bates. He's just non stop adorable.

That was precisely my reaction too!!

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8 hours ago, Exjw2015deed said:

Same here..... I was hoping it was Michael.

I honestly don't think there is a child cuter than Bradley bates. He's just non stop adorable.

False: My 8 month old nephew is a million times cuter... says the absolutely unbiased in any way, shape, or form very proud Auntie. :pb_lol:

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I completely forgot Alyssa was pregnant with her second. It's honestly due to her shortage of IG posts.

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33 minutes ago, season of life said:

I completely forgot Alyssa was pregnant with her second. It's honestly due to her shortage of IG posts.

I also forgot that Alyssa was pregnant. More Bateses indeed! 

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1 hour ago, Carm_88 said:

I also forgot that Alyssa was pregnant. More Bateses indeed! 

Alyssa posted a pic of her & John today. Looks like homegirl's wearing shorts now. Even if it's under her beach cover-up. 

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7 hours ago, divadivine said:

Alyssa posted a pic of her & John today. Looks like homegirl's wearing shorts now. Even if it's under her beach cover-up. 

Or maybe she wears one of these modest swimsuits. I hope not.

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9 hours ago, divadivine said:

Alyssa posted a pic of her & John today. Looks like homegirl's wearing shorts now. Even if it's under her beach cover-up. 

A while ago someone posted a picture of Alyssa in a tankini with shorts... and not the kind we see Jessa Duggar in, but actual short shorts.

1 hour ago, Melissa1977 said:

Or maybe she wears one of these modest swimsuits. I hope not.

Hahaha, not a chance.

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11 hours ago, Carm_88 said:

I also forgot that Alyssa was pregnant. More Bateses indeed! 

Only reason I remember is because she's due a week or so after me.

If you put that picture of her with John next to one of me right now you'd never guess that though. I've only really gained weight in my belly so far, but it looks like I've got a basketball or beachball hidden under my shirt. Alyssa seems to naturally stay pretty small throughout pregnancy. 

(Now that I'm pregnant, I find it so cool how differently women can carry. Sorry! :pb_lol:)

And for those wondering, here's the photo mentioned:

IMG_3827.PNG

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Good for Alyssa! She can wear what she wants now and there's nothing wrong with shorts! Those modest swimsuits are awful. 

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Fashion choices does not equal taking baby steps. Alyssa's FIL is a U.S. Senator from Florida. She has to play by the Webster's rules.

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Taliban Dan is a douchebag representative, not a senator.  Marco Rubio (barf) is one of our current senators.  Bill Nelson is the other one

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Florida just can't have anything nice, can it? 

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Florida just can't have anything nice, can it? 


They've got to make up for the climate somehow, I suppose.

And I literally just realised that Taliban Dan and Alyssa's FIL were one and the same. I'd somehow never made the connection before.
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Taliban Dan is a douchebag representative, not a senator.  Marco Rubio (barf) is one of our current senators.  Bill Nelson is the other one

Oops. I meant U.S. Representative.
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9 hours ago, season of life said:

Florida just can't have anything nice, can it? 

I actually got quite a nice postcard from Florida today! 

I'm slowly putting together where all these fundies live. For a country with over 50 states, they sure like to live within the same few areas...Or so I think. I'm probably not factoring in how far these places are from each other in reality! 

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I know it's always a debate on here about whether Alyssa wearing pants is a baby step towards being less conservative. I really feel like the conversation went like this:

(during engagement)

john- so do you plan on wearing only skirts for the rest of your life? My sisters wear pants, you know 

alyssa- well I was thinking about maybe wearing pants after marriage. Right now I have to follow my parents rules. 

John- babe you'd look so hot in pants. You should definitely wear them. 

Alyssa- ok!

I feel like that's probably the amount of discussion that went into this decision. 

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I know it's always a debate on here about whether Alyssa wearing pants is a baby step towards being less conservative. I really feel like the conversation went like this:
(during engagement)
john- so do you plan on wearing only skirts for the rest of your life? My sisters wear pants, you know 
alyssa- well I was thinking about maybe wearing pants after marriage. Right now I have to follow my parents rules. 
John- babe you'd look so hot in pants. You should definitely wear them. 
Alyssa- ok!
I feel like that's probably the amount of discussion that went into this decision. 

Haha... yep. I doubt she really put much thought into it other than "oh pants look great and I'm allowed to wear them now!" *shopping spree*

Do people really think that John's father has pressured Alyssa directly, or pressured John to pressure Alyssa to wear pants? Really?
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2 minutes ago, actuallyjessica said:

The 
Haha... yep. I doubt she really put much thought into it other than "oh pants look great and I'm allowed to wear them now!" *shopping spree*

Do people really think that John's father has pressured Alyssa directly, or pressured John to pressure Alyssa to wear pants? Really?

I think it's reasonable to wonder considering the Bateses did the opposite with Whitney. I really doubt Taliban Dan would have outright pressured her though. Maybe a casual comment here or there about it being ok.

But yeah. I think the decision between John and Alyssa likely didn't have much thought behind it. 

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However the hell Alyssa went from skirts to shorts, it is not proof she's taking baby steps away. She is the DIL of a congressman. A congressman who is swimming in the koolaid She has to play the part, and skirts only isn't the wardrobe.

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On 10/31/2016 at 5:23 AM, VelociRapture said:

Only reason I remember is because she's due a week or so after me.

If you put that picture of her with John next to one of me right now you'd never guess that though. I've only really gained weight in my belly so far, but it looks like I've got a basketball or beachball hidden under my shirt. Alyssa seems to naturally stay pretty small throughout pregnancy. 

(Now that I'm pregnant, I find it so cool how differently women can carry. Sorry! :pb_lol:)

And for those wondering, here's the photo mentioned:

IMG_3827.PNG

Personally, I am far more considered with HIS attire. Maybe they are both color blind?

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I don't think that Alyssa wearing shorts means she's not drinking koolaid, I think that Alyssa wearing shorts means that Alyssa wants to wear shorts. Her FIL may have suggested that she wear pants so that the weird and crazy doesn't truly show but pants or no pants; they're nuts! 

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So I went down to where Alyssa lives to stay with a friend for a week... and I come home to Navarre/Gulf Breeze and Alyssa follows me here too. My location is no longer safe.

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