Thank you for this thoughtful response, Lance.
I’ve considered taking that bit out of my bio due to the precise response you described. I, too, have experienced the judgment of Christians; surprising, perhaps, since I am ‘one of them.’ But there’s no harsher judgement than the one doled out upon a a tribe member who begins to question the dogmas and traditions of the tribe.
My own spiritual journey — away from a religion that incites wars and toward something that is, I think, more like what Jesus was an example of — is largely what led to the experiences I described in this piece. Maybe someday I’ll write about those years of coming undone, too.