"Religion is about heaven and hell, but that’s not the whole story.
Religion is about strength of will and faith and fear and guilt.
Religion is about knowing a secret that you simultaneously want to tell everyone about and feel arrogant when you meet someone who doesn’t know your secret.
Religion is about amazing grace and wayward sinners and great heroic tales where the good guys always win.
Religion is also about oppression.
And in my religion, it was about female suppression.
It was about not being good enough to preach or be the head of anything or make decisions alone.
It was about submission and obedience and conformity.
Religion made me feel safe, but it also made me feel like I couldn’t breathe.
It made me feel lonely, insecure, and sad.
It also gave me great purpose and the eternal security of my soul."
--excerpt from Witness, a short story.
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