Posts tagged "religion"

Protests In Ireland Over 31-Year-Old Woman Refused Medical Care During Miscarriage

Earlier this week, the world reacted to the news that a hospital in Ireland refused medical care to a woman during her miscarriage and she eventually died from blood poisoning. Savita Halappanavar, a dentist, began slowly and painfully miscarrying at 17 weeks into her pregnancy, but University Hospital Galway refused to terminate the pregnancy because…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 16, 2012

Irish Woman Savita Halappanavar, 31, Dies Because Hospital Refuses Abortion

A young dentist named Savita Halappanavar died last month in Ireland because University Hospital Galway repeatedly refused to perform an abortion. Doctors would not terminate the clearly-failing pregnancy while she was undergoing a painful miscarriage because the fetal heartbeat was still present. Her fetus was eventually removed from her body when the heartbeat stopped, but not after…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 14, 2012

Alanis Morissette Writes Some Hippie-Dippy, New Age Stuff About The “Divine Feminine”

I love hippies ... I just don't always understand what they're talking about. Case in point: an uber-New Age-y piece Alanis Morissette penned today on The Daily Beast about the "divine feminine." Well, it's sort of about how everyone needs to reconcile the "divine feminine" and the "divine masculine" within themselves and that…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 1, 2012

Girl Talk: I Wanted To Be A Quaker

When I was a little girl and my non-Quaker grandmother wanted me to pipe down, she would say, “Quaker’s Meeting has begun. No more laughing, no more fun.” I obviously never listened, but enjoyed the quaintness of Grandma’s axiom. The Quakers must be kind of quiet and shy, I thought. I've been a non-quiet, non-shy…
By: Lauren Passell / October 19, 2012

Hitched: Our Officiant Got Ordained Online

The few times I ever imagined my future wedding as I grew up in suburban north Texas, I imagined it taking place in the church I was raised in, the altar strewn with pretty flowers and the minister who baptized as a child me officiating. This vague idea of what my wedding might be like…
By: Andrea Grimes / October 17, 2012

Evening Quickies: TV Broadcasters Ready And Waiting For Jesus’ Return

I thought this was an Onion headline, but I was mistaken: two American TV broadcasters have acquired studio space in Jerusalem so they have a prime spot for when Jesus returns. Christian broadcasters Daystar Television Network and Trinity Broadcasting Network will be there on the scene in case Christ returns to the Earth in huma…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 1, 2012

Sikh Woman Stands Up To Online Bullying About Her Facial Hair (And Gets Apology)

Recently, a Sikh woman named Balpreet Kaur learned a photo of herself  had been posted on the "Funny" section of the website Reddit, where users mocked her facial hair, outfit and turban.  So she actually joined the comment thread to respond directly to the bullies to explain to them what's what. "I realize that my…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 27, 2012

Tim Tebow Wants A Wife With “A Servant’s Heart”

New York Jets player Tim Tebow dishes about his ideal woman in a profile for Vogue and says he wants a woman who is kind and has "a servant's heart." Lest you think that means Tebow wants to be waited on hand and foot, "a servant's heart" is a term in Christianity meaning someone is faithfully…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 21, 2012

5 Things I’m Atoning For This Rosh Hashanah

I'm not the most devout Jew. Obviously, if I were, I'd be sitting in temple right now listening to the rabbi blow a shofar until I was half-deaf. But instead, I'm here reflecting on what I'll need to ask forgiveness for. I figure, at least attempting to self-reflect, whether I do it in a house…
By: Ami Angelowicz / September 18, 2012

The Soapbox: On Being A Sikh Feminist

In light of this weekend's tragic shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, we thought our readers would be interested to learn more about this religion. We reached out to the Sikh Feminist Research Institute for some thoughts on Sikhism.  Often I am asked of when I first became aware of…
By: Tarnjit Kaur / August 9, 2012

A Woman’s Guide To Hasidic Street Harassment

Living in New York City means getting used to street harassment. In the past few years, my name has been Baby, Sexy, Bitch, and Hey You, Why Don’t You Smile? I’ve learned when to give the finger and when to hide. My friend Jen Dziura, a life coaching columnist, advises women that the…
By: Lilit Marcus / August 8, 2012

Pervy Pastor Photographed Himself With A Teen Girl, Had Sex With Her

What would Jesus do? Not photograph himself making out with a teenage girl almost 40 years younger than him, that's for sure. Megachurch pastor Jack Schaap from First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana, took cell phone photos of himself making out with a 17-year-old girl who is a member of his congregation. Last night, churchgoer…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 2, 2012

Hotel Replaces Bedside Bibles With “50 Shades Of Grey”

Christian Grey is damn near God-like — at least according to guests’ bedside tables in The Damson Dene Hotel. Bibles have been booted and E L James’ BDSM erotica novel 50 Shades of Grey has taken their place in every room within the English inn. Damson Dene's owner said providing a copy of the book to every…
By: Daley Quinn / July 25, 2012

Woman Sues Church Of Scientology Over Alleged Forced Abortion

Laura Ann DeCrescenzo, a former Scientologist who left the church in 2004, has filed a lawsuit against the Church of Scientology for allegedly forcing her to have an abortion when she was a teen. According to Radar Online, DeCrescenzo was recruited to the religion in New Mexico at age nine and moved away from her family…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 17, 2012

Minnesota Church Ladies Fight For Marriage Equality

The suburbs of Minneapolis are a land of quiet cul-de-sacs, hot dish potlucks, and mostly conservative politics, but in light of a new amendment that seeks to add a gay marriage ban to the Minnesota constitution, these neighborhoods have become something a bit more unexpected: a sea of rainbow flags. And who's leading the charge?
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / July 13, 2012

“The Light In Her Eyes” Documentary Explores Koran’s Influence On Girls

Houda Al-Habash is not only seen driving her car in the opening scene of "The Light In Her Eyes," but she is also steering hundreds of young Syrian girls and women to study the Koran. The 2011 documentary, airing on Thursday, July 19 on PBS's Point Of View series, explore…
By: Daley Quinn / July 13, 2012

Stephen Colbert Defends “Radical Feminist” Nuns

Better late than never: it is from Monday night's show, but I really wanted to post Stephen Colbert coming to the defense of "radical feminist" Catholic nuns. Love you so hard, Stephen. [The Colbert Report] On how Republicans in the House of Representatives are blocking abortion access for our servicewomen. Apparently even if…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 13, 2012

Here’s A Video Game With Sexy Nuns Being Punched And Shot For You To Be Offended About

Much like the hair and costume folks for Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, the marketing folks for video games know exactly what they're doing when it comes to getting attention for their product. And as we've seen all-too-often with video games, the go-to advertising strategy is sex, sex, more sex, followed by a healthy dollop of…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 8, 2012

Vatican Denounces Nun’s Book Supporting Gay Sex, Masturbation

The Vatican denounced an American nun, Sister Margaret A. Farley, on Monday for her theological teachings in support of same-sex relationships, remarriage after divorce and masturbation. In her awarding-winning 2006 book, Just Love: A Framework For Christian Sexual Ethics, Sister Farley writes that “masturbation … usually does not raise any moral questions at all.”…
By: Daley Quinn / June 5, 2012

Nuns Reprimanded By Vatican For “Radical Feminism”

Leaders from a group representing the majority of U.S. Catholic nuns will meet with the Vatican this week to discuss a concern that nuns are enveloped with "radical feminist themes." [CNN] A women's health clinic in New Orleans was destroyed last week by an arsonist. Women With a Vision offers HIV testing and…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 29, 2012
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