This will represent the fourth in a series of posts on the recent conflict that has engulfed Exvangelical Twitter, and largely centered around Chrissy Stroop.
If you have not read the previous posts, they are available here:
The framing and rhetoric of this post draw directly upon these, so if this is your first foray into this series, what follows may be a bit jarring. I strongly suggest reading the previous works first to get your footing.
That being said this post will be a bit shorter, and a lot more pointed.
First, there are a few prerequisites that we must cover.
First, Chrissy Stroop is a trans woman. She has decided to come out fully as such, and changed her name accordingly. I celebrate that Chris can live openly as her fullest self and affirm her in this.
Second, regardless of intent, the published version of the Magdalene Collective statement was demonstrably transmisogynistic. While I have argued there is not evidence of intent, the impact remains.
And impact takes precedent over intent.
Finally, while Chrissy Stroop was legitimately hurt by the wording of the MC Statement, that in no way excuses her for the numerous lies she has told or the blatant harassment she has orchestrated against multiple persons to defend those lies.
Legitimate hurt can be expressed in toxic and oppressive ways, and Chrissy Stroop does not get a pass for her actions.
Again, impact takes precedent over intent.
On June 13, 2019, Chrissy Stroop published an article on Rewire.
On the surface, the average person reading it might have considered it a fairly unremarkable post.
But, as you may now be aware, from the very title this post is framed with the same lies about the Magdalene Collective that have become boilerplate of her recent public work.
There was no small amount of irony, then, in reading the line “Addressing such questions can be particularly challenging; however, given the harsh reality that survivors’ communities tend to replicate the very abusive patterns from which members have been attempting to escape.”
If it sounds familiar, there’s a reason. It was also a focus of the Magdalene Collective Statement. Unfortunately, the authors made grave errors in the wording of their post, and thus a necessary discussion of how trauma communities often reproduce the dynamics of the communities they are leaving was lost.
But as Chris has noted repeatedly (including in the very article being discussed), the statement did raise valid concerns.
As such there is a certain disturbing irony to Chrissy now picking up this narrative, as it was she who ensured that the Magdalene Collective’s efforts to fix the wording of their statement never came to fruition.
To accomplish this, Chrissy orchestrated a series of claims, now proven false, against Samantha Field.
This becomes further sickening when Chrissy states: “Dubious exercises in gatekeeping, Twitter mobbing, and vicious scapegoating couched in a simplified and weaponized social justice rhetoric, have all characterized exvangelical online spaces this spring, hampering both individual paths to healing and the coalition building and appeal to outsiders that are necessary for exvies to make the kind of impact that will ultimately weaken conservative, mostly white evangelicals’ political power.”
The reader will recall that, in addition to her lie-filled invective against Samantha Field, Chrissy was also involved in incidents that resulted in the doxxing of a QPOC and served an explicit role in the racist harassment of Charlotte Henderson, a queer black woman.
Given these well-documented events (presented in the posts linked above), the level of projection required to type those words is near unconscionable.
But Chrissy still wasn’t done there. In addition to attempting to center herself as the voice of reason, after spending literal weeks on Twitter spreading blatant lies, Chrissy apparently thinks she can continue to lie with impunity.
This brings us to the Coalition for Responsible Home Education.
To be honest, it makes absolutely no sense for Chrissy to target the CRHE. While Samantha Field, Eve Ettinger, and Kathryn Brightbill (all MC statement signatories) serve on their board and Kieryn Darkwater on staff, the CRHE has had no involvement in the controversy surrounding the MC Statement.
And none of these persons was acting in any official capacity for the CRHE (a religiously neutral, policy and research-focused organization) when they signed the statement.
Yet Chrissy not only decided to target the CRHE in this post, she made a truly baffling claim.
It is hard to contain the nausea caused by reading these words in an article written by the same Chrissy Stroop who literally targeted people for public harassment because she deemed them as “neutral” in the MC statement affair.
But something else jumped off the screen at me as I read this section.
It seems rather minor on the surface, a throw-away line about Ryan Stollar being removed from the board of the CRHE in the wake of the MC statement fallout.
Except of course, that this is pure fabrication (Rewire has since issued a correction).
In February 2017, the board of Homeschooling Alumni Reaching Out (HARO) announced that Ryan Stollar had been removed from their board of directors.
Here is their statement:
At the time of HARO’s announcement, Ryan Stollar was also serving on the board of CRHE, as can be seen from this archived link to their “Officers and Staff” page from February 17, 2017:
But, by the next time the page was archived, on May 30, 2017, Stollar was no longer listed as a board member.
While there is no public statement from CRHE regarding Stollar’s exit, the fact that his seemingly quiet exit from CRHE occurred around the same time as his very public removal from HARO makes it unlikely this is coincidence.
Further, a basic search of CHRE’s on The Wayback Machine produces an archive of their “Officers and Staff” page from May 10, 2019 – just days before the MC Statement was published. The reader will notice the absence of Ryan Stollar.
Why would Chrissy Stroop bother to tell such a demonstrable lie?
I suggest it is because this is now, and has always been, about power. Notice this line of rhetoric from a mere few paragraphs later:
Chrissy is trying to keep herself centered. Painting Stollar as an “AMAB” Exvangelical canceled by the evil MC statement signatories fits her narrative that this is an evil group of vagina having persons targeting Chris, and others, for having a penis.
That isn’t even rhetorical flourish, these are Chrissy’s own words.
Which is to say what I hope is abundantly clear by now.
Chrissy Stroop has absolutely no interest in honest engagement. She has lied blatantly and repeatedly over the past several weeks to keep the spotlight on herself, even if that means reducing the individual identities of a group of queer persons (several of whom are trans spectrum) to the lump sum of their genitals.
To be honest I think we’ve moved past closing with questions.
Chrissy Stroop has repeatedly proven that she has no qualms with advancing blatant falsehood for the purpose of self-interest. I have laid out in careful detail a number of these lies.
It is my considered opinion that Chrissy Stroop’s only interest at this point is appearing “good” at all costs. The levels of blatant projection in which she engages only further demonstrate her blatant refusal to engage criticisms leveled at her in good faith.
As Maya Angelou famously said: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”