The manner Black sees it, this present is supposed to be a warning to these turning to “fundamentalist doctrine” following the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic. “This story says loud and clear that that is an unwise journey, that those ideas and those rules are likely outdated,” he continued. “And that by continuing to teach those rules and follow those rules, we’re probably doing great harm.”

Black is very advocating for the equality of girls. “These ancient texts, both the Constitution and the Bible, do not treat women equally,” he said. “I think it is time that we really look our faith in the eye and say, ‘Tell me about this God who believes that women are less than men? And tell me why that God deserves my prayer?’”