Taking Off the Tinfoil Hat

Book in Progress

How Lizard People
Space Lasers
Dismantled my Christian Worldview

How much do you know about Lizard People?
The Flat Earth?
The impending resurrection of John F. Kennedy?

Unfortunately for a lot of us living in a post-COVID and post-truth America, the answer is simultaneously “more than we’d like” and “less than we should.”

Once the pandemic started, my closest friends and family unashamedly consumed and shared conspiracy theories of ‘Jewish space lasers,’ ‘5G radiation cults,’ and, of course, ‘Biblical end times.’ As I sifted through their fears and claims, my fractured explanations fell on deaf ears. I was desperate to de-radicalize my loved ones, but found no easy solutions.

I invite you to follow my deep dive into crackpot conspiracies and see how these quirky internet trends led to the dismantling of my evangelicalism, patriotism, and entire worldview.
Taking Off the Tinfoil Hat is my personal journey of deconstruction.

More than anything it's a tale of commiseration and a record of life in these 'unprecedented times.' I am just one of the millions of exhausted realists who lost loved ones not to COVID, but to the rabbit hole. One of many now desperately searching for support and an explanation. We are not alone, and I refuse to accept we are powerless.

"You have learnt something. That always feels at first as if you had lost something."
-George Bernard Shaw
“We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer
"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."
The Hype
"Many of us saw family and friends fall down the Q rabbit hole. This left us reeling trying to figure out the what, why, and how of these wild beliefs.

Taking Off the Tinfoil Hat breaks down the history and convergence of evangelicalism and conspiracy theories so that you can better understand this sad and heartbreaking reality.

It's a must read!"

-Laci Bean, Certified Religious Trauma Recovery Coach & Social Media Influencer (@Laci_Bean)

" The greatest book ever written. Powerful. Haunting. Relatable. A must-read."

-Juliana Bennet, totally unbiased best friend
Cheers to Leaving!
(Bonus Ep) Sound of Freedom Deep Dive with Cynane Shay
The Stacie's Mom Podcast
Taking Off the Tinfoil Hat: Live with Cynane Shay
Cynane Shay - A Crash Course in Conspiracy Theories and Totalitarianism
Speaking in Church
Episode 89: Taking Off the Tin Foil Hat with Cynane
Speaking Up with Andrew Pledger
S2E17 - Conspiracy Theories & Christianity - Cynane
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"So, there I sat, a tipsy 26-year-old nuclear engineer, having cosmic radiation mansplained to me by a stranger who denied not only the moon landing, but the actual existence of outer-space."
-Taking Off the Tinfoil Hat
“Shockingly, Calculus does very little to turn anyone into a communist or a homosexual.”
-Taking Off the Tinfoil Hat
"The third horseman of the Christian apocalypse is Famine. The third horseman of the Qanon apocalypse was Voter Fraud. A famine of the mind."
-Taking Off the Tinfoil Hat

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