Posts tagged "religion"

8 Craft Stores To Shop At Instead Of Hobby Lobby

I learned about sweatshops towards the end of junior high and I remember being deeply troubled. A burgeoning activist, I decided to boycott all clothing stores that sold products made in sweatshops. A quick AOL internet search (#old) revealed that my boycott…
By: Phylisa Wisdom / July 3, 2014

Post-Hobby Lobby, Religious Organizations Now Demanding Exemption From LGBT Hiring Order

Well, surprise, surprise. Not. Just days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby -- which gives business owners with "religious objections" the right to deny coverage of contraception in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act -- a group of religious leaders are now demanding that they be…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 3, 2014

Guy Makes Justice Ginsberg’s Hobby Lobby Statement Into A Song

Well, that's one way to react to the Supreme Court's ruling today. In case musical tributes to Supreme Court documents aren't your jam, here's a much quieter roundup of the eight best lines from Justice Ginsberg's dissent. [Mother Jones] Or…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 30, 2014

The Soapbox: Why I Don’t Love Pope Francis & Am Remaining A Lapsed Catholic

Fun facts about me: My mom’s whole family is Catholic going back centuries. It’s part of our family legacy - the Veteri Ponte (shortened to Vipond) were Catholic barons in England, and depending on who was ruling and whether they were Anglicans or Protestants, we had our land granted and taken away over and over.
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 30, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Employers With Religious Objections Don’t Have To Cover Contraception

The Supreme Court ruled today [PDF] that employers with religious objections to birth control are not required to cover contraception in health insurance plans for women under the Affordable Care Act. The court ruled 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores owned by evangelical Christians who…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 30, 2014

Wait, Why Did No One Tell Me Tony Goldwyn Is Playing Warren Jeffs In A Lifetime Original Movie?

There's no joy quite like the elation of finding out 1) there's a trashy new Lifetime original movie about fundamentalist Mormons coming out, 2) it stars one of the hot guys in your spank bank, and 3) it's airing this weekend when you just so happen to have no plans. Introducing "Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs,"…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 25, 2014

Sudan Frees Woman Sentenced To Death For Refusing To Renounce Christianity

Sudan has freed Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who was sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging for not renouncing her Christian faith. Ibrahim was born to a Muslim father but was raised Christian, and then married a Christian man. Sudan lives under Sharia law and considers women the same religio…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 23, 2014

This Pregnant Sudanese Woman Was Sentenced To Death Because Of Who She Chose To Marry

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who is eight months pregnant, was sentenced to death last week for marrying a Christian man. In Sudan, a woman is considered to be of the same faith as her father, but 27-year-old Ibrahim's Muslim dad abandoned her family when she was six, and she was raised with the…
By: Claire Hannum / May 22, 2014

Toni Braxton Thinks God Punished Her For Abortion By Giving Son Autism

"I was suddenly faced with a choice I’d never thought I’d have to make. Amid my major misgivings about abortion, I eventually made the gut-wrenching decision… In my heart, I believed I had taken a life — an action that I thought God might one day punish me for. ... My initial rage was quickly followed by another…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2014

The Soapbox: Why Macklemore’s Costume Matters

Last Friday, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed a surprise music concert at the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle. Awesome, right? Only, because it was a surprise, Macklemore wanted to go a bit incognito and donned a costume. But the costume was anything but awesome. To me, and many others, the costume looked like a…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 20, 2014

26 Italian Women Having Affairs With Priests Ask Pope To End Celibacy Vow

It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: Twenty-six women wrote a letter to the Pope ...  But it's a reality reported by the site Vatican Insider: 26 Italian women who are having affairs with Catholic priests have written the Pope asking him to end the church's celibacy vow.
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 19, 2014

5 Insane Lessons From My Christian Fundamentalist Childhood

My name is Hannah Ettinger, and I was raised in the Quiverfull movement. The term is taken from a verse in Proverbs, which says: "Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of arrows." We interpreted this to mean: "Blessed is the man who dies with the most kids." In the Quiverfull movement, children are pretty…
By: Cracked / April 30, 2014

Canadian Strip Club Doubles As Church

A gentleman's club in Guelph, Ontario, is holding church services right on the stage next to the stripper pole. The Manor, as the club is called, held services for the first time on Easter. Read more on Huffington Post...
By: Huffington Post Weird News / April 26, 2014

True Story: I’m Planning My Bat Mitzvah And My Inter-Faith Wedding At The Same Time

Six weeks ago, when I sat down with my Rabbi in anticipation of my upcoming Bat Mitzvah, I was most nervous to tell him that I was in love with a WASP—who happens to be the kind, caring person I’m marrying. Before I could be officially…
By: Emma Sarran / April 7, 2014

Christian School Pressures 8-Year-Old Sunnie Kahle To Leave Because She Looks Too Much Like A Boy

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that some people who run "Christian" schools are actually enormous dicks. Eight-year-old Sunnie Kahle is no longer a student at Timberlake Christian School in Lynchburg, Virginia, after administrators sent a letter home to her guardians complaining she doesn't dress or behave "feminine" enough, like wearing…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 26, 2014

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Affordable Care Act’s Contraception Coverage

Today the Supreme Court heard challenges to the Affordable Care Act's mandate to cover preventative care, which was filed by Christian owners of secular businesses who object to covering certain forms of birth control for their employees. Hobby Lobby claims their religious freedom is being violated and they should be exempt, like…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 25, 2014

The Soapbox: “Divergent” Is A Bible-Thumping Disaster

Spoilers ahead! "Divergent," which opens today, has been hailed as either the next "Hunger Games" or as a massive "Hunger Games" ripoff. It is both, but where it leaves its source material ("Harry Potter" included) is in the religious proselytizing throughout. Teenagers are born again in all YA fiction, in a sense. But in the…
By: Veronica Wrath / March 21, 2014

Guy Talk: Sex Isn’t A Commodity That Women Exchange

"How do women decide to begin a sexual relationship? Pricing!" The above video showed up in my Facebook feed the other night. It’s from a purported think tank, the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture, which is actually a Christian think tank/advocacy group. The video claim…
By: Kale Bogdanovs / February 28, 2014

Fundamentalist Christian College Bob Jones University Halts Study On Its Handling Of Sexual Assault

Bob Jones University, an uber-Christian fundamentalist college in South Carolina, has drawn attention for commissioning and then covering up a study on how well the institution handled sexual abuse. According to The New York Times, the university solicited a consulting group, Godly Response To Abuse In The Christian Environment (Grace) to serve as an ombudsma…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 12, 2014

Catholic School Refuses To Rehire Vice Principal Ousted For Being Gay

Most news about "kids these days" has me shaking my fist in the air in anger, which makes this story about Sammamish, Washington, middle and high school students all the sweeter. According to The New York Times, last month Eastside Catholic vice principal Mark Zmuda (called Mr. Z by students) resigned from his position after…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 27, 2014
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