Chrissy Stroop

An ex-evangelical writer and advocate with a PhD in modern Russian history from Stanford University, Chrissy Stroop is coeditor (with Lauren O’Neal) of Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church, a collection of personal essays by former conservative Christians. The essay anthology’s title derives from the hashtag #EmptyThePews, which Stroop created in August 2017 as a protest against right-wing evangelical complicity in white supremacism. Stroop’s work, which has appeared in Foreign PolicyThe Boston Globe, Playboy, Religion Dispatches, The Conversationalist, DAME Magazine, Political Research Associates, and other outlets, covers matters foreign and domestic while mostly focusing on religion and politics.


Content by Chrissy Stroop

Right-wing extremism and homeschooling go hand in hand

Homeschooling surge in US should concern us all

August 4, 2023, 21:43 PDT

Far-right donors like being anonymous. We need to expose them

If we want the chance to hold anti-rights supporters accountable we need to keep exposing their methods

July 13, 2023, 15:50 PDT

Let’s not mince words – the US right is racist

The NAACP has even warned against travelling to Florida because it’s ‘openly hostile’ towards people of colour

May 31, 2023, 13:02 PDT

Americans are rejecting religion as the Christian right becomes more extreme

New Ipsos poll suggests Trump and Christian nationalism have discredited religion in the eyes of many Americans

May 24, 2023, 11:07 PDT

The US’s anti-drag movement is state-sponsored LGBTIQ persecution

Tennessee’s ban on drag in the presence of minors is a ‘gateway law’ to harsher anti-LGBTQ repression

March 29, 2023, 13:13 PDT

Is Hungary’s Viktor Orbán the Christian Right’s new Vladimir Putin?

The fall of Putin’s star among US evangelicals leaves a void they may seek to fill with another strongman leader devoted to ‘family values’

April 25, 2022, 1:28 PDT

Christian supremacists will not be satisfied with overturning Roe v. Wade

Conventional centrist pundits were wrong to say the GOP would never come for abortion rights, and Christian supremacist activists many other plans

December 6, 2021, 14:39 PST

Transgender people have become the latest target in the right’s demonization playbook

GOP’s divide and conquer politics now focused on trans people

August 12, 2021, 14:54 PDT

Some evangelicals are dropping the label as they try to escape the tradition they created

Donald Trump didn’t ‘ruin’ evangelicalism, it’s always been problematic

July 13, 2021, 3:00 PDT

‘Leaving to sin’ is more about evangelicals’ obsessions than the desires of those who leave

People who leave high-demand religions do so for many reasons, it’s very telling that their critics think it’s all about sex

May 26, 2021, 11:16 PDT

Russell Moore had a crisis of faith, but it didn’t help him understand ex-evangelicals

Evangelical leaders have finally started speaking about people who leave the fold, but it’s clear that they don’t understand what they’re talking about

April 23, 2021, 4:00 PDT


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