The Best of AwayPoint

 The articles in this short list have appeared at a variety of online news and opinion sites, often under more than one title, together receiving over 2 million views. The site name given is where each first received an enthusiastic response in the form of Facebook shares, clicks, and comments.  The links here take you to the copy at AwayPoint. Enjoy!


Was Mother Teresa a Masochist? (Salon)
Religious Trauma Syndrome – How Some Religion Leads to Mental Health Problems (AlterNet)
Was Jesus Married? A Religion Scholar Decodes the Clues (TruthOut)
The Book of Revelation: Prophecies, Hallucinations or History?  (Huffington Post)
Was the Risen Jesus Originally Female?
The Same God:  Twelve Beliefs the Mormon Church Might Not Want You to Know About

Losing Your Religion, Challenging Biblical Literalism

God’s Emotions–Why The Biblical God is So Human, Video Series (YouTube)
Christian Belief Through the Lens of Cognitive Science, Video Series (YouTube)
Recovering From Religion?  Give Yourself Time (AlterNet)
I Don’t Believe in God.  What Should I Call Myself? (AlterNet)
Getting God’s Self Appointed Messengers Out of Your Head (, YouTube)
Ten Proofs That There Is No God (humor) (AlterNet)
Religion May Not Survive the Internet (Salon)
What Christianity and Kink Have In Common (AlterNet)
Are Mormon Underwear Magic Between the Sheets? (AlterNet)
Test Your Knowledge of Wild, Weird, and Outright Wacky American Religious Beliefs (AlterNet)
Trusting Doubt: Chapter One (Oracle Institute)

Better Birth Control –Technology, Access, Policy

Better Birth Control for Men:  8 Promising Possibilities (RHRealityCheck)
Twenty Times Better than the Pill: A 4 part series (Ms Blog via Sightline Institute)
1. New Contraceptives for Cascadia – The lesson of St. Louis
2. The Pill is 1965 Technology – Next Gen IUD’s and Implants
3. Exorcising the Dalkon Shield – Time to Get Over a Bad Contraceptive Romance
4. A Contraceptive Revolution – Lowering the Remaining Barriers
Birth Control and Weight Gain – Is There a Relationship? (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies)
Dramatic Drop In Teen Pregnancy Really a Technology Tipping Point (IEET)
A Brief History of Your Period and Why You Don’t Have to Have It (Jezebel)
Pamper, Pamper, Pamper – Plus 9 Other Tips for Falling in Love With Your IUD (Huffington Post)
9 Clues That Reproductive Policy is Economic Policy (Huffington Post)
The Big Lie About Plan B—What You Really Should Be Telling Your Friends (TruthOut)

Abortion Rights

The Difference Between a Dying Fetus and a Dying Woman (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies)
Abortion as a Blessing, Grace, or Gift–Changing the Conversation About Reproductive Rights and Moral Values (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies)
My Abortion Baby (Daily Kos)

Assault on Women and Gays

When God Was Pro-Choice and Why He Changed His Mind (AlterNet)
What the Bible Says About Rape and Rape Babies (AlterNet)
15 Bible Texts Reveal Why “God’s Own Party” is at War with Women (TruthOut)
Catholic Hierarchy Demands Corporate Personhood (TruthOut)
Captive Virgins, Polygamy, Sex Slaves: What Marriage Would Look Like if We Actually Followed the Bible (AlterNet)
Eight Ugly Sins the Catholic Bishops Hope Lay Members and Others Won’t Notice (AlterNet)
How the Catholic Bishops Outsmarted Washington Voters ( Huffington Post)
Do Religious Restrictions Force Doctors to Commit Malpractice? (RHRealityCheck)

Valerie Tarico is a psychologist and writer in Seattle, Washington.  She is the author of Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light and Deas and Other Imaginings, and the founder of  Her articles can be found at

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4 Responses to The Best of AwayPoint

  1. Ferdi Businger says:

    Great list Valerie and a great legacy. I’m a huge fan of your reality-based observations and thoughts, and your provocative writing style.


  2. Dr. Sunil Jayasinghe says:

    Great , Valerie please get in touch with me . I have written a book and would like you to review it. I have done extensive research in the Biblical countries and have convincing evidence of the true historicity of Isus ,(ISA Jesus).
    I am about to sign a contract with a publisher. I need your input. Your opinion.
    Pls reply I will give my details once you have okayed to my request.
    Dr. Sunil


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