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

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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 beliefs of her Christian mom. Ibrahim has identified as Christian her whole life (although her brother is Muslim), but the Sudanese legal system sees her as a converted former Muslim and now refuses to recognize her marriage to a Christian man. Men are able to marry outside their faith, but Muslim women in Sudan are only expected to marry men who are also Muslims. Keep reading »

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 strong emotion: guilt. I knew I’d taken a life… I believed God’s payback was to give my son autism.”

This is Tori Braxton in her new memoir, Unbreak My Heart … and yeah, it is pretty heartbreaking that she actually believed that God punishes people with autism. Kinda offensive to her own son, no?  Yet as the child of two pastors who grew up in an extremely strict, religious household, I suppose it’s not such a surprise that Braxton would create a sin/punishment scenario in her mind. In her memoir — which is quoted on RadarOnline — Braxton explained that years ago she discovered she was pregnant while on the acne medication Accutane, which can have negative side effects for women who are pregnant, specifically on her unborn fetus. So Braxton chose to have an abortion. But when she later had children with her now ex-husband, she learned her son Diezel had autism. I wish Braxton knew that, according to the Guttmacher Institute, roughly one in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. If every woman who had an abortion later gave birth to a child with autism, there would be a lot more autistic people around. Oh, and that whole NO MEDICAL LINK thing. Minor detail. [Radar Online] [Image via WENN]

The Soapbox: Why Macklemore’s Costume Matters

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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 negative stereotype of a Jewish man.

For his part, Macklemore denies that he purposefully intended to mock Jewish people with his costume. Late yesterday, he took to Tumblr to issue an apology.

“My intention was to dress up and surprise the people at the show with a random costume and nothing more. Thus, it was surprising and disappointing that the images of a disguise were sensationalized leading to the immediate assertion that my costume was anti-Semetic. I acknowledge how the costume could, within a context of stereotyping, be ascribed to a Jewish caricature. I am here to say that it was absolutely not my intention, and unfortunately at the time I did not foresee the costume to be viewed in such regard. [...] I truly apologize to anybody that I may have offended.”

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

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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. Keep reading »

5 Insane Lessons From My Christian Fundamentalist Childhood

5 Lessons Learned From 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 much metaphorical weapons born to shoot a degenerate modern society in the face. I was one of nine children, and our family was just on the large end of “normal” in size. I was brought up to be just one more weapon in this terrible faith-based arsenal, but I didn’t quite hit the target. Here’s what I can tell you about being a weaponized offspring. Read more on Cracked…

Canadian Strip Club Doubles As Church

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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…

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