Posts tagged "religion"

Is This Rabbi A Feminist Hero Or A Sadistic Male Torturer?

A trial began today in Trenton, New Jersey, for Orthodox Jewish rabbi Mendel Epstein, who has been charged with attempted kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping, after being arrested for kidnapping and torturing Jewish men who refused to grant their wives divorces. Epstein was indicted last May, though as the Village Voice reported back…
By: Beejoli Shah / February 18, 2015

Let’s Stop Hating On This Woman For Finding Leggings “Lustful”

The go-to legging "controversy" has always been the "pants or not" debate, but these days, the focus seems to have shifted to the question of whether they're some kind of symbol of sexual deviance. The most recent weigh-in comes from a woman named Veronica Partridge, who shared a post on her personal blog earlier this month…
By: Claire Hannum / January 24, 2015

Watch A Bunch Of Scientologists Get Really Psyched About A Whole Lot Of Nothin’

I've spent a lot of time over the last eight years or so just immersing myself in Scientology silliness, so it's kind of impressive to me that the Church still manages to amuse, surprise and horrify me as much as it does. Keep up the good work, Operating Thetans! This weekend, a friend…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 29, 2014

Pat Robertson Thinks Gay People Will Go Extinct Because They Can’t Reproduce

On today's edition of the "700 Club," Pat Robertson received a phone call from a viewer asking him to weigh in on her church's policy of forbidding members from dating or marrying anybody, which has made said members very frustrated because they are all getting older and would prefer not to die alone. Is she…
By: Robyn Pennacchia / December 17, 2014

Bill Nye Explains Evolution With Emojis

Bill Nye has been on an evolution-education kick lately. First, last week, he went on Newsmax’s "MidPoint" to talk about his vehement opposition to creationism being taught in public schools, or at all, to young children. When asked if creationism is making kids less intelligent, he responded: “Absolutely. They’re holding the kids back. These…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 16, 2014

Faith In Humanity In A Revolutionary Age

Faith in humanity is the only faith I have. As in, I don’t have faith in a god or anything particularly spiritual. I’m not going to waffle over that and say that there’s a possibility that a god, in fact, does exist, or that I could be wrong. I am certain that I’m not wrong.
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 1, 2014

HBO Is Turning Lawrence Wright’s Epic Scientology Exposé Into A Documentary And I Am Here For It

Welp, I think it's safe to say that executives at HBO have been added to the Church of Scientology's lengthy suppressive persons list, as the cable network is poised to turn Going Clear into a documentary. Due out in 2015, the documentary will be directed by Alex Gibney and be based on Lawrence Wright's impeccably…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 24, 2014

The Problem With Refinery 29’s Profile Of A Church Of Scientology Member

The lifestyle website Refinery 29 is in a bit of hot water after writer Kelsey Miller published a profile of a young, female Scientologist called "Elaine" (not her real name) that, frankly, could have been ripped from the pages of Freedom magazine. (Freedom is the Church of Scientology's propaganda magazine.) Former Scientologists --…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 20, 2014

This Vagina-Scent Holy Water Madonna Sculpture Exists Pretty Transparently For The Sake Of Press

File this one under “ Extremely Mixed Feelings”: Olfactory artist Peter de Cupere has a one-day exhibit happening in which a Madonna figure made of holy water and “vaginal smell” will melt and fill the gallery with “the scent of passion.” :-/ The vaginal smell is authentic and sourced from a variety of women,…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 24, 2014

Why I Refuse To Criticize Islam As A Feminist And Atheist

Sam Harris and Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins all want really badly for me to criticize Islam. They claim I’m scared to do so because Islamic extremists bully people into silence. They consider it a liberal failing that people like me have deferred to that bullying. They say it’s not “phobic” to criticize Islam,…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 15, 2014

“Jane The Virgin” Handles Unplanned Pregnancy With Humor, Respect & Realism

When I was very young -- eight, maybe -- I remember walking out the back door of my family’s house with my mom. I had probably just asked for a cookie or something, and my mom’s response was this: “You know, if you keep eating sweets so much, people are going to think you’ll be…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 14, 2014

Carrie Underwood Addresses Her Atheist Haters: “If You Don’t Like It, Change The Channel”

Just last week, Carrie Underwood released her new single "Something In The Water," but unlike most of her newly-released tunes, it wasn't exactly met with open arms. Carrie's song, which affirms her belief in God, conversion and baptism, focuses on the strength she found from…
By: Katie Oldenburg / October 6, 2014

Megachurch To Close After Pastor Calls Women “Penis Homes”

"The first thing to know about your penis is, that despite the way it may see, it is not your penis. Ultimately, God created you and it is his penis. You are simply borrowing it for a while. While His penis is on loan you must admit that it is sort of just hanging out…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 12, 2014

Girl Talk: What Losing My Virginity Taught Me About Faith

I was 25 when I kissed someone for the first time. I’d met him at a local book club, and we hit it off almost instantly. Our first date started at eight p.m. and ended shortly after one a.m. Though we’d planned a second official date for the following Tuesday, we ended up hanging out every…
By: Dianna Anderson / September 9, 2014

The Christian Country Song “God Made Girls” By RaeLynn Is A Hot Feminist Mess

Hoo boy. Have you heard that song "God Made Girls" by the country singer RaeLynn? She appeared as Racheal Lynn Woodward on season two of "The Voice" on Blake Shelton's team. It's a cheesy feel-good song like "Butterfly Kisses" for the millennial generation with just a pinch of Taylor Swift. To be completely…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 21, 2014

Andrew Keegan From “10 Things I Hate About You” Started His Own New Age Religion

Remember Andrew Keegan from "10 Things I Hate About You"? So cute, right? Well, now he's cute and the leader of his own spiritual religious movement called Full Circle. According to a story in Vice, Keegan operates Full Circle out of a building in Venice Beach, CA, drawing in followers who want to get involved…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 16, 2014

Meet Mississippi’s Christian Abortion Provider

Meet Dr. Willie Parker, a Christian and one of the two providers who travels to Mississippi's only abortion clinic to terminate unwanted pregnancies. He is, without a doubt, an inspiration and a hero. [Esquire] Basement trolls got very upset when a critic for the Village Voice gave "Guardians Of the Galaxy" a bad…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 31, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Talks Hobby Lobby Decisions With Katie Couric

Recently Notorious R.B.G. — I'm mean, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg — was interviewed by Katie Couric for Yahoo and she's got a lot to say about last month's decision in favor of Hobby Lobby.
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 31, 2014

Church Of England OKs Women Bishops

The Church of England today took a pretty large step into the 21st century, voting by a two-thirds majority to allow the ordination of women as bishops. It's a reversal of a 2012 vote that failed by just six votes, notes Sky News, and cements the role of female leadership in an institution that has allowed wome…
By: Newser / July 15, 2014

Mayor Fires Obstetrician Who Refused To Inform Patient Carrying Badly Deformed Fetus About Abortion

The mayor of Warsaw, Poland, fired the obstetrician who heads a maternity hospital that refused to provide information about abortion to a patient carrying a badly deformed fetus. The patient was not told by the doctor, who is Catholic, where she could obtain an abortion before the 24th week of pregnancy (when abortion is legal…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 9, 2014
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