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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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Duggars have a special announcement!/Number 20 merged

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The Duggars have a special announcement! Watch the Today Show tomorrow morning. #20? Engagement?

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Maybe their show is ending. One can hope, right?

If it's #20... :angry-screaming:

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Please let it be an engagement announcement for Jana or John David.

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Maybe #3 for Smuggar and Anna.

If Jana, Jill, or John David are engaged, then I will faint.

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My bet's on Jana being engaged. Please let it be the first step in her getting out.

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Hmm... maybe #3 for Anna and Josh. How old is Michael? I hope their announcement is that everyone who has graduated highschool is starting post-secondary something next semester. I can dream, right?

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Did they announce it on the Today Show with Josh? I though they just had a special episode.

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Who the hell cares. I wish they'd just go away already. What the f*ck is up with everything in their life being worthy of a special announcement on television? Even other so called realty sell outs don't do that.

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I really hope it's not #20. :(

I can't say I'd be thrilled about one of the girls getting married, either. It's not like marriage will let them be independent adults. They will simply be transferred from their father's "authority" to their husband's.

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I bet Jana's engaged too. She's been MIA for some recent family gatherings I think, and people have been speculating about where she was: it could have been her beau's family rather than brainwash camp.

I don't think pregnancy #20 would be viable. Pre-eclampsia gets earlier every time, and Josie was on the edge of viability.

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I don't think pregnancy #20 would be viable. Pre-eclampsia gets earlier every time, and Josie was on the edge of viability.

Not necessarily. You can have it once, and never again.

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My guess is that it's just to hype up the season finale and world tour episodes.

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My guess is that it's just to hype up the season finale and world tour episodes.

This is my guess as well and I really hope that that's it and not #20.

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Oh crap! Please be a courtship announcement NOT another baby announcement..that goes for Anna too.

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My guess is that it's just to hype up the season finale and world tour episodes.

It is a "special announcement" though, which implies news. We already know they went to Israel.

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It is a "special announcement" though, which implies news. We already know they went to Israel.

And it's already the second-to-last post on the family blog. So it can't be the world tour.

I don't see why they'd announce an engagement on-air, they didn't do that for Josh. I'm very sure it's #20.

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Oh crap! Please be a courtship announcement NOT another baby announcement..that goes for Anna too.

She lost one between Mack and Mike and they are only 21 months apart, so she definitely looks to be one of the baby-a-year types, fertility wise. I don't want it to be that, though, yawnnn.

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And it's already the second-to-last post on the family blog. So it can't be the world tour.

I don't see why they'd announce an engagement on-air, they didn't do that for Josh. I'm very sure it's #20.

True, but this family has used "special announcement" on the show for everything from forcing the Jslaves to donate blood to a crew member's wife being pregnant. I just hope they are just using hyperbole to announce something mundane about the show, and not that there are any more pregnancies.

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I'm thinking there is a slight chance the annoucement could be that the show is ending. But I'm thinking the annoucement is an engagement or maybe #20.

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And it's already the second-to-last post on the family blog. So it can't be the world tour.

I don't see why they'd announce an engagement on-air, they didn't do that for Josh. I'm very sure it's #20.

But they'd only just got the TV show when Josh was getting engaged; I think he was courting from the beginning and that was part of what got them the TLC gig.

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They had been on TV for quite a while before that I think.

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I think it's #20. TLC would milk the crap out of another courtship and I don't think the Today show would devote air time to Josh and Anna's third.

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I think the Duggars have three documentaries for TLC/Discovery before the series. They had some national attention before the show.

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When 14 Kids and Counting came out Josh was still too young to be courting, I'm sure. I think about 16 but I could be wrong...? They were on at least 17 or 18 kids when he was courting.

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