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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 false, a member of Yeezy’s camp did confirm that “I Am A God” (emphasis added) is the title of his forthcoming single.

“We would never be so presumptuous or sacrilegious to call ourselves the supreme being,” a source told Huffington Post, adding that the song’s concept is “centered around the idea that all people are manifestations of a higher power.” Read more…

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 recently was dating Justin Bieber. The trailer and promo pics for “Spring Breakers” showed Gomez and her castmates – “High School Musical” alum Vanessa Hudgens, “Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson, and the director’s wife Rachel Korine – wearing bikinis and little else as they drank, smoked, got arrested, and did drugs. Was this movie going to be Gomez’s “Can’t Be Tamed“/”I’m a Slave 4 U” moment?

Not quite. Keep reading »

Pray Tell: On Jerusalem’s Feminist Activists, Women Of The Wall

If you go to to the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, you might see men singing loudly and dancing in circles. What you might not notice right away are the women, who are quietly murmuring and praying. The men’s side looks way more fun – plenty of my male friends have stories about that time they hung out at the wall with a Jewish celebrity. My boyfriend danced the hora there with Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner. The total disparity in the fun department isn’t a personal preference – it’s actually Israeli law.

But a group of brave female activists, The Women of the Wall, are working to change that. Keep reading »

The New Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Francis I) Is Anti-Gay

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  • Today, cardinals named Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archibishop of Buenos Aires,  the newest Pope. Pope Francis I, as he will be called, is the first-ever Latin American Pope. I am dismayed to read that Bergoglio has said marriage equality is “a machination of the Father of Lies” (that would be Satan) that seeks to “confuse and deceive the children of God.” [Queerty]
  • Ever wonder why women have no say in the papal vote? All 115 of the cardinals who vote on the new Pope are men. [CNN]
  • The rape trail of two Steubenville High School football players began today. The 16-year-old young woman at the center of the assault, who was raped, peed on, and photographed by the student partygoers, may testify. [Cleveland.com, Seattle Times] Keep reading »

Sarah Palin Is Writing Christmas Book Called “A Happy Holiday IS A Merry Christmas”

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  • Sarah Palin has somehow  gotten another book deal, this time pandering to the tiny amount of people who do not understand that one of America’s founding principles is freedom of religion. A Happy Holiday IS A Merry Christmas, which is out this November, will be a defense of “our faith” and rant about the “politically correct Scrooges who would rather take Christ out of Christmas.” Is she still a thing?  [U.S. News & World Reports]
  • Vogue editor Anna Wintour has been named the “artistic director” of Condé Nast — a newly created position just for her. [New York Observer]
  • You will be shocked to read that Gwyneth Paltrow has her kids on a low-carb diet. [Eonline] Keep reading »

Pray Tell: On Joan Rivers And That One Time I Laughed At A Holocaust Joke

Call me a humorless feminist, but I’ve always thought certain subjects were beyond the realm of comedy: Helen Keller, rape, the Holocaust. But then last week I caught a clip of Joan Rivers’ E! show “Fashion Police.” While critiquing a photo of Heidi Klum wearing this dress, Rivers quipped, “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.” And then something odd happened. I laughed.

I’m Jewish. So is Joan Rivers. Does being in “the club” mean that it’s okay to laugh at jokes about our own people? One of the reasons I don’t think Holocaust jokes are funny is that they poke fun at people who are victims, and it’s much funnier to laugh at the bullies. Did I laugh because Rivers was making fun of a German person in relation to the Holocaust, instead of a Jewish one? Keep reading »

Eye Roll: Parents Sue Over Yoga In Public Schools Because It “Promotes Eastern Religions”

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Sometimes I do not have anything deeper to say other than “Shut up.”

And those are my choice words for the California parents who are suing their children’s school district over yoga classes being taught in a class.  That’s not very Zen, is it?  Keep reading »

Accused Rapist Meets Women On Christian Dating Site

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Look, I’m not the world’s most observant Christian. But even I attended enough Sunday school to know that God would totally have said “Thou shalt not rape” had there been room on those tablets for an 11th commandment.

Which is why I feel confident saying that Sean Patrick Banks, 37, of Del Mar, California, who is accused of raping a woman he met on the Christian dating site Christian Mingle, is crappy Christian.  Keep reading »

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Sarah Silverman’s Rad Sister Rabbi Susan Silverman Detained For Jewish Feminist Activism

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  • We knew we loved Sarah Silverman — but it turns out her sister Susan Silverman is kinda rad, too. Silverman’s sister and niece were detained at the Western Wall, a holy site in Jerusalem where only men are allowed to pray [Update: Commenters have clarified men and women are segregated at the Wall and the section for women is much smaller. Also, the protesters were wearing traditional garments worn by men. You can read more about it in this New York Times article.], for staging a civil disobedience protest with the group “Women Of The Wall.” Silverman tweeted she is “SO proud” of her sis and niece. [Yahoo]
  • A man’s guide to lingerie shopping this Valentine’s Day. Don’t screw this up, dudes. [Yahoo Shine]
  • Skype has some beauty tips if you’ll be spending V-Day Skype-sexing. [Racked]
  • This chick tried corset training and lived to tell about it. [The Gloss]
  • Madonna is on Instagram, y’all. [PopCrush] Keep reading »

Beliefnet Wouldn’t Allow Blogger To Use The Word “Feminist” On Her Blog, Anywhere

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With no apparent sense of irony at all, the faith site Beliefnet allegedly hired a guest blogger who writes about feminist issues … and then told her she couldn’t use the word “feminist” anywhere in any of her blog posts.

Why? Because “feminist” is such an offputting word. Keep reading »

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