Stories by Amanda Marcotte

Amanda Marcotte co-writes the blog Pandagon. She is the author of "It's a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments." subscribe to Amanda Marcotte's feed

Posted on: Apr 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Add Jimmy Carter to the list of people who don't really understand the destructive power of religion.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Why not other creationism stories, like the Norse or Egyptian myths?

Posted on: Apr 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Conservatives have figured out a neat little rhetorical trick: tell lies so fast your opponents can't keep up.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Nothing is less cool than trying too hard to be cool.

Posted on: Mar 13, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Sex is wrong and dirty for poor people. Everyone else, carry on.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Paperwork? Johnny Weir’s outfit? What's fueling the Christian Right's persecution fantasies?

Posted on: Feb 20, 2014, Source: AlterNet

When you see sex as the problem, it becomes hard to see rape as anything but another sexual sin.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Republicans are keeping the religious right and its obsessions front and center.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Being a Christian is a privileged position in American society; that makes it really hard to claim you’re being oppressed. But they keep trying.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2014, Source: AlterNet

As with many things, bullying is becoming a partisan issue.

Posted on: Jan 23, 2014, Source: AlterNet

In-group loyalty gives right-wing radicals a scary amount of influence.

Posted on: Jan 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

When Christian activists in Oklahoma got a Ten Commandments monument placed on capitol grounds, they never expected a backlash like this.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The Christian right works hard to craft theological arguments to support corporate policies.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

America's Religious Right is losing the fight.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Telling Grandma she's going to lose her church is a great way to get her to sign her Social Security check over to your organization.

Posted on: Nov 27, 2013, Source: AlterNet

How non-believers and liberal Christians can appeal to basic human kindness to repair strained relations with right-wing Christian family.

Posted on: Nov 21, 2013, Source: AlterNet

They're not just delusional about science!

Posted on: Nov 14, 2013, Source: AlterNet

How the philosophers of selfishness came to use Christianity as their cover story.

Posted on: Nov 7, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Although progressive Christians have been at the forefront of social justice, conservative Christians are often on the wrong side of history.

Posted on: Oct 31, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Young people are leaving the church in droves. Enter the hipster Christian leader intended to pull them back in.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Conservative politicians are exploiting their voters the same way Christian fundamentalist charlatans exploit the true believers.

Posted on: Oct 16, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The Right has convinced itself that America is a theocratic nation and that our rights come "from God."

Posted on: Oct 11, 2013, Source: AlterNet

People like Michele Bachmann and Pat Robertson seem to yearn for the apocalypse.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Why aren't Republicans more frightened of the consequences of a shutdown and default? Part of the reason is magical religious thinking.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Christian fundamentalists on the Texas school board can force textbook publishers to rewrite entire portions of the books kids read in school.

Posted on: Sep 26, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Many right-wing Christians vilify the poor, in direct contradiction to the teachings of Jesus. Why the hypocrisy?

Posted on: Sep 19, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A new study finds a high correlation between religiosity and depression.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2013, Source: AlterNet

What you see on Breitbart or the Blaze or the 700 Club is just the tip of a massive iceberg of what’s really going on in conservative Christian circles.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The world of fundamentalist Christians is crawling with conspiracy theories, urban legends, and just plain bizarre beliefs.

Posted on: Aug 22, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Painting themselves as victims creates cover to actually victimize other people, usually by imposing their fanatical religious views.

Posted on: Aug 14, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Universities are some of the worst offenders when it comes to undermining the problem of rape and violence against women.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The very people espousing strict rules about sex and marriage can’t be bothered to follow them.

Posted on: Jul 31, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The world of writers and activists is thick with women whose secularist values motivate their work.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Officials seem more worried about shutting the victims up and not ruining the reputations of rapists than about making campuses safe for female students.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The battle over abortion in Texas shows yet again how nutty Republicans are when it comes to women, sex and reproduction.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Researchers polled non-believers to find out who abandons religion and why. The answers tell us a lot about religion and non-belief in America.

Posted on: Jun 20, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The Christian Right appears to be in decline, yet Republicans still pander to them. What gives?

Posted on: Jun 11, 2013, Source: AlterNet

When it comes to using religion as a weapon to push hard-right ideology, un-Christian behavior runs rampant.

Posted on: May 23, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Modern conservatives can't stop talking about sex. And what they say opens a window into the strange, sexist worldview of patriarchal religion.

Posted on: May 15, 2013, Source: AlterNet

From Pat Robertson's election predictions to the entire Christian right freaking out about gay marriage, here are 10 prophesies that didn't come true.