The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, February 1, 2014

From the rise of a Christian cult in Wells, Texas to the confessions of an ex-TSA agent, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

02.01.14 10:45 AM ET

Sinners in the Hands
Sonia Smith, Texas Monthly

When is a church a cult?

Dear America, I Saw You Naked
Jason Edward Harrington, Politico Magazine

And yes, we were laughing. Confessions of an ex-TSA agent.

Feminism’s Toxic Twitter Wars
Michelle Goldberg, The Nation

Empowered by social media, feminists are calling one another out for ideological offenses. Is it good for the movement? And whose movement is it?

A Botched Operation
Eyal Press, The New Yorker

Steven Brigham’s abortion clinics keep being sanctioned for offering substandard care. Why is he still in business?

In the Shadow of Sharon
Avishai Margalit, The New York Review of Books

By all accounts, Ariel Sharon had an astoundingly quick mind. But he was either untrained for, or simply distrusted, any form of abstract thinking.

Inside the Conservative Christian Movie the Oscars Ousted
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald and David Sessions, The Daily Beast

A right-wing sugar daddy, two groups of evangelical filmmakers, a famous composer, an Oscar nod, and an Academy backlash: the strange story of a Christian movie’s 15 minutes of fame.