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In her book, “’Star Wars’ Is Still Intact: Re-finding Yourself in the Age of Trump”, Alysha Scarlett defends journalists in her chapter titled “When you realize that the president of the United States would be cool with assaulting you.”

Donald Trump has made me afraid as much as at any point when he has been a candidate or occupied the White House when he tweeted a video of him attacking a person with a CNN logo superimposed over the individual’s head – and that it was his most re-tweeted tweet at least at the time,” Alysha wrote. “’He’s going to get a reporter killed,’ I said out loud, considering what the promotion of violence could incite.”

Alysha’s chapter is among 10 that comprise the book. Besides writings about “Star Wars” and Trump, the work is also made up of Alysha’s writings about the trauma in leaving The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are also a few chapters about sexuality, Thanksgiving and body size.

It’s nothing short of trauma,” Alysha said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if everyone who leaves the Latter-day Saint church needs therapy for some extent of time.”

Alysha may have been the only person at the Provo, Utah homeless shelter who had not done drugs or alcohol but had to stay there. A nurse practitioner said he was surprised Alysha wasn’t “dealing,” “stealing” & “pimping” by then. It marked a continuation of a span of time where she faced many hardships. They availed her to thoughts she may not have had otherwise.

Those hardships started on July 12, 2015. That was the day Alysha lost faith in the church. She didn’t expect that would launch an existential crisis. However, the departure of her wife and her mother acknowledging she withheld her love from her didn’t help.

Since, Alysha, a writer who has been public about her faith crisis and ensuing struggles, has faced unusual employment issues in Utah. She was also “shellacked” and “railroaded,” to quote separate attorneys, by a Utah County judge, and needed to represent herself legally for more than a year-and-a-half, including needing to do legal work on a Christmas Day.

But Alysha had to get clear of a cult, and that came during an extraordinary cultural time in the United States. “Star Wars” returned to the big screen and Donald Trump was elected president, resulting in a public questioning of institutions.

For more information about the book, click here. Here are the chapters:

When your faith crisis makes you wander 1,003 miles”

When you have an ideological flirtation with neo-fundamentalism”

When you come to a realization about sexuality (it might not be what you expect)”

When you realize that ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is really not that bad”

When you realize that you probably shouldn’t celebrate Thanksgiving”

When you realize that the president of the United States would be cool with assaulting you”

When you realize that working for Disney’s Lucasfilm could be the letdown of a lifetime”

When you have a story for the previously announced Obi-Wan Kenobi film”

When deep-red Utah has a Trump resistance movement”

When you literally loom large, but are not threatening”

Here’s the link for the publisher.

Here’s the link for Amazon.

Here’s the link for Apple.

Star Wars Is Still Intact

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