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Suppressing My Sexuality to Fit In (with Brady Hardin)

Suppressing My Sexuality to Fit In (with Brady Hardin)

October 4, 2019

This episode of MindShift podcast features a great conversation with Brady Hardin, the co-host of the Life After Podcast. Brady tells an amazing story of how he struggled to suppress his sexuality as a young person growing up within evangelical Christianity, even to the point of getting married in order to present the world with a 'normal' image of a happy, adjusted heterosexual family.

Unfortunately, things didn't stay that way...a lot of religious trauma and shunning later, Brady is now out and proudly telling his story--including being in a position to help many people who struggle with many of the issues we talk about in this episode.

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Question the Dogma (with Ex-Scientologist Jon Atack)

Question the Dogma (with Ex-Scientologist Jon Atack)

September 20, 2019
This week's interview features ex-Scientologist and author, Jon Atack. Jon is the world's foremost expert on the history of both Scientology as well as its founder, L. Ron Hubbard.
 
His bestselling book, Let's Sell These People a Piece of Blue Sky, re-released just a few years ago, is considered the best-researched factual history of Scientology.
 
More importantly for our purposes, perhaps, is Jon's more recent focus on helping people to recover from their cultic experiences--a topic that we get into toward the end of this insightful and wide-ranging discussion.
 
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Post-Mormon Mental Health (with Claudine Gallacher)

Post-Mormon Mental Health (with Claudine Gallacher)

September 6, 2019

This week's episode of MindShift podcast features a conversation with ex-Mormon Claudine Gallacher. Not only has she deconstructed her own Mormon faith and left the religion far behind, she helps those who have left the religion as the founder of the Post-Mormon Mental Health organization.

In this helpful chat, we'll move beyond simply hearing Claudine's own backstory within the cult and her subsequent departure, we get into issues of her current situation--including coping with adult children who are still very much involved in the religion. Beyond that, we get into a "mini-counseling session" as we discuss what triggering is all about.

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Bonus Episode: Exploring The Family and Dominion Theology (Part 1)

Bonus Episode: Exploring The Family and Dominion Theology (Part 1)

August 27, 2019

According to Jeff Sharlet's 2008  book The Family: the Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of America's Power, as well as the recent Netflix documentary series entitled The Family, there is a secretive organization at the heart of not just American political power, but one that has a global reach too: The Family, or The Fellowship (as they refer to themselves).

Begun in 1935 by Dr  Abraham Vereide in Seattle, Washington, the organization has grown in both scope and scale since then. The only public event The Family hosts is the National Prayer Breakfast, held in Washington DC every February, an event that every single President since Eisenhower has attended.

But what is The Family all about? And more importantly, are there links to what is referred to as "dominion theology?" In this special  bonus episode, I'll explore both the history of The Family as well as begin to unpack what dominion theology is all about.

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I Was FLDS Cult Leader Warren Jeffs’ 65th Wife (with Briell Decker Blanchart)

I Was FLDS Cult Leader Warren Jeffs’ 65th Wife (with Briell Decker Blanchart)

August 23, 2019

This week's episode features a strong woman with a truly unbelievable story to tell--Briell Decker Blanchart, who grew up in the FLDS (Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints) cult, led by "prophet" Warren Jeffs.

Now in prison for life on multiple charges of child abuse, Jeffs was the undisputed leader of the cult during the time Briell was born and raised in the cult. Her story of life in the cult, how she came to be his 65th wife, and her unbelievable escape, are truly nothing short of amazing.

Now she makes it her life's goal to help those who have escaped the cult and integrate into the real world. Find out more of Briell's inspirational story in this episode!

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Follow the Truth Wherever it Leads (with Tim Sledge)

Follow the Truth Wherever it Leads (with Tim Sledge)

August 9, 2019

This week's discussion features a wide-ranging conversation with ex-pastor (and now atheist) Tim Sledge, out of Texas. A former megachurch pastor in the Houston area, Tim underwent a significant change of both heart and of faith, culminating in him walking away not just from the church, but from the faith altogether. 

Now an atheist, Tim has chronicled his journey in his book Goodbye Jesus --and he is also is a prolific Twitter personality who regularly tweets about very thought-provoking and challenging issues around deconstructing Christianity and religion.

Tim and I discuss, among other things, not only his journey, but the phenomenon of the 81% white evangelical Donald Trump supporters. Where is all of this leading? As a former pastor himself, Tim provides a unique insight into this situation of American evangelicalism today.

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Recovering From Religion (with Dr Darrel Ray)

Recovering From Religion (with Dr Darrel Ray)

July 26, 2019

Is there a place for religion in the world today?

History demonstrates that humanity is incurably religious...we can't seem to separate humans from their beliefs. But it is a demonstrable fact that religion, and religionism, have done tremendous amounts of damage over the centuries--from religious wars, terrorism in the name of God, religious trauma, cults, and all sorts of religious trauma and sexual abuse.

So many people need to recover from the harmful effects of religion that Dr Ray has started two organizations to help people do just that--Recovering from Religion Foundation, as well as the Secular Therapy Project.

Find out more about Darrel's work, as well as what might be in your future should you too need to recover from religion.

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Escaping Emotionally Abusive Relationships (with Natalie Hoffman)

Escaping Emotionally Abusive Relationships (with Natalie Hoffman)

July 12, 2019

 

This week's guest is author and speaker and podcaster Natalie Hoffman, survivor of not just an emotionally abusive marriage, but also of religious trauma.

Oftentimes it's religion itself that causes in the first place--or mightily contributes to--emotionally abusive or dysfunctional marriages and relationships. In the case of Christian evangelicalism, add in the inbuilt patriarchy and misogyny of the system itself, based on literalistic readings of the Bible, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Not only did Natalie escape to find freedom, she is now in a position to assist others who are working their way out of emotionally abusive relationships.

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Snapping, Information Disease and Holy Terror (with Conway and Siegelman)

Snapping, Information Disease and Holy Terror (with Conway and Siegelman)

June 28, 2019
This episode features a hugely informative and insightful information with two of my personal heroes, Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman out of New York City.
 
Authors of the massively influential books Snapping and Holy Terror, Conway & Siegelman have for decades been recognized as two of the foremost experts and investigators on the world of both the cults and Christian fundamentalism. 
 
Specifically, we discuss the phenomenon of "snapping" and "information disease" and find out how Christian fundamentalism's current bid for political power started back in the late 1970s and continues on today using, and abusing, information and communication techniques--just like the cults!
 
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My Fight for Justice: Surviving a Cult and Sexual Abuse (with Dassi Erlich)

My Fight for Justice: Surviving a Cult and Sexual Abuse (with Dassi Erlich)

June 14, 2019

After many months of anxious waiting, I finally re-connected with this week's guest: Dassi Erlich, survivor of both sexual abuse and a very cultic, controlling Jewish fundamentalist sect in Melbourne, Australia.

Not only is this amazing woman surviving, she's leading the fight for justice--to bring her abuser to trial, to answer for her many abuses of children both in Israel and Australia. Listen in to hear Dassi's amazing journey away from this Jewish sect, and her continuing battle for justice for her and the many victims of this abuser.

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