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This is true for so many people. Including me. Have you been traumatized by your church experience? Someone wanted this as a sticker so I made it available. I wonder where they're going to stick it. My shop has tons of interesting stuff like this. Check it out.

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What if wolves really think they're doing good? What if they actually think they're sheep? The other day I posted a cartoon of an LGBTQ sheep in the presence of wolves. One wolf says, "I can't believe it, but they just gave this one to us!" As usual, people who believe being LGBTQ is a sin came on to preach their relentless discrimination while trying to sound nice about it. One of my followers on Instagram responded to them by pointing out that even though they think they are being helpful, they are actually being hateful. They are, in fact, those wolves! What if wolves...

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Do you know that many people actually feel that shame, guilt, and fear are legitimate tools for getting people to behave and do what you want? Did you also know that many churches gladly use these tools for that reason? How many of you have been worked on by these useful behavioral tools?

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Because I critique what I think is wrong with the church, many jump to the naïve conclusion that I hate the church.No, no, no!In fact, I believe in the church’s potential to be for us and not against us.I support and encourage churches that endeavor to be inclusive, just, and compassionate to all people regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender, etcetera.In contrast, I challenge churches that are exclusive, unjust, and discriminatory towards people they conclude don’t belong.Every day I receive messages such as these from conscientious church leaders who appreciate the resources I provide through my art and writing.Here’s a...

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"Spiritual Abuse or God's Discipline?" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward It's inhumane and hateful to hide behind rules, summon scriptures, or to invoke a deity in order to sanction cruelty. What came first? Does the spiritual abuser feel they must fulfill their interpretation of scripture and inflict suffering on people? OR... is the spiritual abuser already a bully and finds justification for his cruelty in the scriptures? In other words, does the pastor in the cartoon feel obliged to fulfill the scriptures, even going against his conscience in hurting people? Or, is he a person who lacks compassion and empathy...

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