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.

Sinners in the HandsSonia Smith, Texas MonthlyWhen is a church a cult?

Dear America, I Saw You NakedJason Edward Harrington, Politico MagazineAnd yes, we were laughing. Confessions of an ex-TSA agent.

Feminism’s Toxic Twitter WarsMichelle Goldberg, The NationEmpowered 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 OperationEyal Press, The New YorkerSteven Brigham’s abortion clinics keep being sanctioned for offering substandard care. Why is he still in business?

In the Shadow of SharonAvishai Margalit, The New York Review of BooksBy 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 OustedJonathan D. Fitzgerald and David Sessions, The Daily BeastA 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.

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