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February 7, 1944 |
|Occupation||former Evangelical minister,
Author, Jesus Doesn't Live Here Any More
former President, Institute for First Amendment Studies
Skipp Porteous (born 1944) is a former Evangelical Christian minister, now an outspoken critic of religious extremism of all kinds. A convert to secularism, he has claimed that "man created God in his own image, and he doesn't like the image."
He has written about his life and experiences in Jesus Doesn't Live Here Any More. In 1984, Porteous founded the Institute for First Amendment Studies with attorney Barbara Simon (ceased operating 2001).
Porteous formerly campaigned to expose and counter the political activities of the Religious Right.
In 2007, following his own investigation, Porteous claimed to have unmasked a former paratrooper and airline employee as being missing aircraft hijacker D. B. Cooper. His analysis and conclusions were featured in New York magazine, and later published in his own book, Into the Blast: The True Story of D.B. Cooper in 2010.
Porteous is retired and living in Morro Bay, California.
- Into the Blast: The True Story of D.B. Cooper (with Robert Blevins), 2010, Adventure Books of Seattle
- Jesus Doesn't Live Here Any More: From Fundamentalist to Freedom Writer, 1991, Prometheus Books
- The Freedom Writer, newsletter/magazine [1984-2000]
- Gray, Geoffrey Unmasking D.B. Cooper New York Magazine