Posts tagged "religion"

A Scientology Sing-A-Long

I would like to declare a new genre of music: Scientology soul. Hey, it could be the new Christian rock. Apparently, the Church of Scientology made this music video for the song "We Stand Tall" in 1990 and it features many a Scientologist of note, from John Travolta to David Miscavige. Heck, it…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / June 22, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Lesbians Told Their Kiss “Violates The 10 Commandments”

Remember that commandment that says "Thou shalt not kiss thy girlfriend at a Minnesota Twins game?" Nope, me, neither. But some busybody security guard at Target Field took it upon himself to tell a lesbian couple that they couldn't kiss at the stadium because "we don't play grab-ass here" and it was breaking the 10…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 20, 2011

Why Sarah Palin Will Never Be President

Why won't Sarah Palin ever be president? It won't be because of her shoddy grasp of foreign policy ("I can see Russia from my house!"). It won't be because of the ethics investigations that dog her. It won't because her pro-abstinence-only education, anti-abortion policies harm women and girls and a revolution of…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 4, 2011

Harold Camping “Flabbergasted” That The Rapture Didn’t Happen

"[I'm] flabbergasted. It has been a really tough weekend. I'm looking for answers. But now I have nothing else to say. I'll be back to work Monday and will say more then." —Harold Camping, the 89-year-old radio evangelist who predicted that the rapture was going to take place on Saturday at 6 p.m., respond…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / May 23, 2011

The Deets On Katy Perry’s Uber-Religious Childhood

Katy Perry looks gorgeous on the new cover of Vanity Fair. And in the accompanying story, she talks about the thing we find the most interesting about her—the fact that she was raised by two ministers in an extremely evangelical household. It's now common knowledge that Katy started her career as Katy Hudson,…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / May 4, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Hijab-Wearing Muslim Girl In NY Assaulted By A Classmate

A Muslim girl on Staten Island in New York was shoved, punched, kicked and had her hijab (headscarf) nearly pulled off by a 12-year-old classmate, , reportedly because of her religion. The young boy had allegedly been harassing her for months and has been charged with a hate crime, which is a felony. People, thi…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 31, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Remembering Geraldine Ferraro, Catholic Abortion Rights Supporter

Geraldine Ferraro, who died this weekend, made headlines as the first-ever woman to be nominated for vice president by a mainstream political party. But Geraldine Ferraro should also be remembered for being a practicing Catholic who also supported keeping abortion legal. [AlterNet] Saudi women will not be allowed to vote in Saudi…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 28, 2011

Katy Perry’s Mom Didn’t Know How To Feel About “I Kissed A Girl”

"I recognized the psalmist gift in her performance. Yet she sang out, 'I kissed a girl, and I liked it,' while thousands joined her. One part of my heart soared . . . the other part broke for the thousands of hungry souls being fed something that didn't nourish their spirit, but fed their flesh."…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / March 28, 2011

Finger-Banged By Jesus

If this was what happened at church every Sunday, I would actually go. Just sayin'... [Buzzfeed]…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 24, 2011

Pole Dancing For Jesus Is The New Christian Workout

  If you thought pole-dancing died when Miley Cyrus got on the pole, you were wrong. The true death knell is Pole Fitness For Jesus, a pole-dancing class for good Christian ladies in the sleepy town of Old Spring Town, Texas. The women in the Pole Fitness For Jesus class strut i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 22, 2011

Girl Talk: I Dated A “True Love Waits” Christian

I grew up in a small town. It was in the “heartland”-- the middle of the country, yet everyone had twangy Southern accents. The town didn't have much money or restaurants or people. But we did have churches. Churches in pole-barns, churches whose congregations were made up of only one family, churches in the hill…
By: Rachel White / February 16, 2011

Kelly Preston Gave Birth Using The Xenu Method

"Silent birth is basically just no words as much as possible. If you need to moan, if you need to cry out ... of course that's normal ... But, it's just bringing them in, in as peaceful and gentle a way as possible ... L. Ron Hubbard found that the single source of aberration, of…
By: Ami Angelowicz / January 20, 2011

Ted Haggard Coming To A Television Near You

In 2006, Ted Haggard was one of the most powerful ministers in the United States—he was the head of the enormous New Life Church in Colorado and the leader of the National Association of Evangelicals, which boasted 30 million members. And then, in a major sex scandal, a male prostitute outed Haggard, saying…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / January 7, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Catholic Hospital In Trouble For Giving Woman Life-Saving Abortion

The Catholic Church has unaffiliated itself with an Arizona hospital after it performed an abortion on a woman who would have died had she carried her pregnancy to term. St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center removed a dying 11-week-old fetus from a mother of four, but Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted stripped the Catholic affiliation from…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 22, 2010

What Is The Evangelical “Stay-At-Home Daughters Movement”?

Weeks ago, we met the evangelical housewives who submit to their husbands. Now let's meet the evangelical "stay-at-home daughters" — young women who forgo higher education and a career to stay close to their fathers and learn how to be a good homemaker and helper before they are getting married. Writing i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 30, 2010

NY Times Mag Profiles Evangelical Housewives Who Submit To Their Husbands

I am absolutely fascinated by people's reasons for holding onto stiffly defined gender roles. For that reason, this weekend's New York Times Magazine article, "Housewives of God," was an absolute treat. Journalist Molly Worthen profiled Priscilla Shirer, an evangelical Bible teacher who has published numerous religious books and workbooks and accepts 20…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 15, 2010

Princess-ification Is Everywhere … Even The Bible

I am no Biblical scholar. Far from it. But there is one thing I know from the Bible stories that I have read: there weren't any princesses. Or frilly dresses, tutus or tiaras. Not so in My Princess Bible, a pink-washed Bible storybook for young girls about "God’s special princess."…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 5, 2010

Pastor Eddie Long Teaches Wifely Submission And That “Wives And Women Can Never Rule Over Men”

If you've read the news at all lately, you have heard of the trials and tribulations of Bishop Eddie Long. The Atlanta mega-church pastor is accused of sexual coercion of young men within his flock. Four men filed lawsuits last week claiming Long, a televangelist, forced them to have sex. Through a spokesman, the New…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 1, 2010

Girl Talk: I Was Raised A Fundamentalist

In my life as a 27-year-old media professional in New York City, the subject of God is not one that comes up a lot. Even when it does, I am reluctant to join the conversation, because my vocabulary is often different from that of almost everyone around me.
By: Emily McCombs / September 7, 2010
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