Posts tagged "religion"

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…

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 — including a…

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,…

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, nor…

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…

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 Christianity, which has left some of her atheist fans le…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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 i…

Jessica Wakeman / July 9, 2014

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 would actually be incredibly difficult — if not impossible — given that I…

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 allowed to discriminate…

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 there’s this one-act play inspired by the ruling, called “The Taming of…

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.

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 oppose birth control. The Obama administratio…

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,&#8221…

Jessica Wakeman / June 25, 2014
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