Posts tagged "religion"

So Wrong: Minnesota Catholic School Fires Teacher For Being A Lesbian

Minnesota teacher Kristen Ostendorf is out of a job right now because she's a lesbian. After 18 years at Totino-Grace High School, during which she kept her sexuality secret, the 43-year-old teacher came out last month in a workshop with her fellow teachers about how to make one's mark in Catholic social justice. "I tried to figure…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 12, 2013

Russell Brand Calls Out German Fashion House For Nazi Ties While Accepting Award

What do I like about Russell Brand? That's a very good question. I don't know what it is that I like about Russell Brand, except to say that I find him weirdly compelling and, yes, kind of hot, which is also weird. But I am definitely both amused by and impressed with the tenacity…
By: Rachel Krause / September 8, 2013

Another Ex-Scientologist Reveals She Auditioned To Be Tom Cruise’s Wife

Tom Cruise dodged all sorts of reports that before marrying Katie Holmes he “auditioned” women to be his wife. That he rented out space in a Scientology center and mislead many women into thinking they were auditioning for a film when in reality, he was trying to skip over the whole “dating thing” right into…
By: Evil Beet Gossip / August 27, 2013

Muslim Women In India Warned Not To Post “Selfies” On Facebook

Selfies are a plague for the modern social media account — they also pose a conundrum for how religious values correspond with technology. Recently, Islamic clerics in India have indicated to young Muslim women that they should refrain from posting selfies on Facebook and other social networking sites, because it would violate the edict that…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 13, 2013

“Angel Priest” Appears Out of Nowhere & Saves Woman Trapped in Car

Do you believe in angels? Chances are you do. Know how I know? Because apparently eight out of ten Americans believe in angels. That's more people than believe that the sun will rise tomorrow! And when you hear this story, you may start believing if you don't, and if you do, then your belief i…
By: The Stir / August 10, 2013

Ex-Victoria Secret’s Angel Kylie Bisutti’s God-Inspired Clothing Line Is Out And…

It's terrible. We were so pulling for Kylie Bisutti, the former winged-underwear model. After all, Victoria's Secret models are usually only known for doing one of two things: losing all their baby weight in two weeks or dating Adam Levine. Bisutti, on the (wayyy) other hand,…
By: Alyson Penn / August 8, 2013

Ex-Scientologist Leah Remini Declares: “No One Is Going To Tell Me How I Need To Think”

Actress Leah Remini is continuing to question Scientology less than a month after she famously left the controversial Church. "We stand united, my family and I, and I think that says a lot about who we are, and what we're about," the 44-year-old told People at an event over the weekend. Read more on Celebuzz...
By: Celebuzz / July 29, 2013

Rolling Stone‘s Article On Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Makes It Clear Patriarchy Was At The Root Of His Problems

It has been frustrating to watch people and businesses condemn Rolling Stone magazine — where, to be clear, I personally have no editorial affiliations — for putting the Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarnaev, on the cover of the latest issue. Many are upset that Tsarnaev is on the cover at all, as well a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 18, 2013

Kirstie Alley Is Really Mad At Leah Remini

As we told you last week, the Church of Scientology has another famous defector! Leah Remini, best known for her role on "King of Queens," has officially left the cult that she has been a member of for over 25 years, after reportedly becoming unhappy with church leadership and…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 15, 2013

Even Crucifix Necklaces Are Offensive These Days

While working at an orientation event at Sonoma State University of California, student Audrey Jarvis was asked by her supervisor — twice — to remove or hide her crucifix necklace because she was told it might offend someone or make new students feel unwelcome. What?!?
By: Mary Odell / July 9, 2013

True Story: My Weekend With Exodus International, “Ex-Gay” Organization

On Wednesday afternoon, the president of Exodus International, one of the largest “ex-gay” organizations in the world, issued an apology to the LGBT community. “I cannot apologize for my beliefs about marriage,” Exodus President Alan Chamber wrote in a sincerely worded letter. “But I do not have any desire to fight you on your belief…
By: Carrie Nelson / June 21, 2013

No More Bikinis For Miss World?

A collective groan from adolescent males can be heard ‘round the globe! The Miss World beauty pageant announced yesterday that there will be no bikinis worn in their 2013 pageant in Indonesia this September. Said the pageant organizer: “It has been misunderstood by some people that Miss World is a beauty competition focusing on the…
By: Alyson Penn / June 7, 2013

Orthodox Jewish Woman Sues Lancome On Faulty Foundation Claims

Makeup companies tout lofty, unrealistic claims all the time. These include, but are not limited to … uh, well, almost everything they say? Working with beauty products all the time (and, let's be honest, in my spare time, too) means that I don't expect much from promises of "all-day wear" and a "flawless complexion." There…
By: Rachel Krause / May 1, 2013

Your Slutty Behavior Is Killing Flowers (Or Something?)

You probably didn't know that by taking the birth control pill, you are directly contributing to lethal experimentation, euthanasia, poverty, and crime. Well, this flower/weed graphic discovered by feminist blogger Jessica Valenti on One More Soul, a Christian website promoting chastity until opposite-sex marriage, will set you straight. Only through chastity will…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2013

West Virginia Student Katelyn Campbell Stands Up To School’s Abstinence-Only Sex Ed

Meet Katelyn Campbell, a high school student council vice president, Wellesley College-bound senior, and sex education rabble-rouser who is filing an injunction against her principal for threats he made after she boycotted and spoke out against an abstinence-only sex-ed assembly at her school. According to ThinkProgress.org, Principal George Aulenbacher at George Washington High School in West…
By: Sarah Gray / April 18, 2013

Pray Tell: Does It Matter If Janet Jackson Converted To Islam?

Janet Jackson, who is known for keeping her private life private, recently admitted that she had married her third husband, Qatari billionaire Wissam Al-Mana. Though she hasn’t confirmed or denied it, there are lots of rumors that Janet converted to Islam before the wedding. Considering that religious conversions for marriage happen all the time –…
By: Lilit Marcus / April 11, 2013

Girl Talk: I Was Terrified Of Sex

Me: I’m sorry! It’s just not going in! Him: Don’t worry – we can always try later... Me: I’m really sorry! I’m just so scared! (Sobbing. Tearful search for bra.) What if this never works? That was me and my now-fiancé during one of many abortive attempts to have sex for the first time. For…
By: Kelly Kanayama / April 8, 2013

Boston College Halts Condom Distribution

Boston College students are facing possible discipline for distributing condoms both on- and off-campus. The school, a Jesuit college, no longer wants birth control distributed on its campus because it doesn't align with Catholic teachings. [Boston Globe,  Feminist.org] Five ways to make the "Lean In" movement more inclusive of low-income women.
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 29, 2013

Kanye West’s Most Controversial Lyrics On Religion

With songs like “Sweet Baby Jesus,” “New God Flow” and “Jesus Walks,” Kanye West has never been scared to talk about God and make religious references in his music. Most recently, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper made headlines for reportedly considering I Am God as the title for his new album. Although this rumor turned out to be…
By: Hello Beautiful / March 28, 2013

Pray Tell: “Spring Breakers” And The Faith of Faith

Spoiler alert! This post contains spoilers about the movie "Spring Breakers."  When I heard that Selena Gomez had been cast in a Harmony Korine movie, my brain kind of exploded. Korine is known for his dark, sexualized films (like "Kids," which made Chloe Sevigny a star), while Gomez is a Disneyfied, baby-faced princess who until…
By: Lilit Marcus / March 26, 2013
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