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Religious Right

What Every Woman Should Know About Arizona's Latest Abortion Politics

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Women face many challenges in our lives that are uniquely related to our reproductive systems, something callous lawmakers exploit for political purposes that have nothing to do with real concern for women.

The Religious Exemption: A Clear and Present Danger to LGBTQ Rights

Rev. Mel White | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Mel White

Supreme Court watchers are already predicting that the Greens and their religious and political allies on the right will win. I'm not so sure. I still have hope that once again Justice Roberts will show his courage and support the rights and protections of all Americans.

Claiming My Religious Right

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion
Stephanie Mott

It is my right to believe in unconditional love. Why is it that we are so eager to put conditions on God's unconditional love? You have to be straight. You can't be transgender. You have to be Christian. You have to believe. No! Not! None of these things! You just have to be.

Straight Out of the Cold War

András Simonyi | Posted 03.07.2014 | Gay Voices
András Simonyi

It has, of course, suddenly become more difficult to deal with LGBT rights in Russia, and the community and their friends understand that. But it has also become even more difficult to be an LGBT person in that country.

Secularizing Public Crosses With Two Cuts

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Defending lawsuits challenging public displays of Christian crosses, in addition to taking these law-violating monuments down or finding a private institution for them, all seems a considerable waste of time and money for local communities. So I have a recommendation to make.

I'm With Stupid: Refusing the Religious Right's Right to Refuse

Todd Hartley | Posted 02.28.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Because if you happened to be the sort of prick who would say to someone, "I won't serve you because you're gay," you'd now have to deal with possible repercussions, such as someone saying to you, "I won't serve you because you're an asshole."

ReThink Review: Son of God -- What Would Jesus Watch?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.28.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

With The Passion of the Christ being the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, are audiences interested in a less bloody take on Jesus' life? And does Son of God attempt to tell us anything about Jesus' life that Christians and non-Christians don't already know?

What's the Matter with Kansas? Not a Damn Thing

Heather Cronk | Posted 02.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Heather Cronk

Without investment in progressive infrastructure and resources to help support populist tendencies, states like Kansas have been left on their own -- and, as a result, they're becoming the political playgrounds of right-wing extremists.

Russia and the Olympics -- It's Not a Game!

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Where are the outraged voices of faith? The silence is deafening.

Evangelical Theology Is Used Like Sunscreen -- Not to Encourage Discussion but to Protect Against Exposure

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The movers and shakers in the evangelical world know they're living in and perpetrating a fantasy land.

Dyed, Fried, and Reaching for the Sky: Mo'Dest Volgare

Matthew Terrell | Posted 04.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

Mo'Dest Volgare first performed at local drag dive Friends on Ponce two years ago and has been part of Nathaniel's life since. Mo'Dest has built a safety net for Nathaniel in the drag community, and he would probably be homeless if it weren't for her.

Heloise Imagined Herself Naked: the Sexy Scholar at Christian College

Jesse James DeConto | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Jesse James DeConto

My beautiful Christian intellectual girl had a capacity for lust -- and not toward me! -- that I thought was off-limits. It was the sort of sin I was constantly beating myself up over, and to voice it in mixed company!

Jesus Hated Women -- Right?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The Jesus story is still out of sync with the way we treat females. Rather, we're still out of sync with Jesus. Women are still abused, raped, killed, marginalized, belittled and insulted.

My 2014 Resolution as a Gay Christian? Keep Pressing Play

Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge | Posted 02.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

Because LGBT people keep pressing play in the wider society, marriage rights have been granted in places like Utah and New Mexico.

Rationing Religious Freedom

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Does the religious freedom of a company's owners trump that of its employees? Are some "persons" more equal than others?

Pope Francis and the End of the Religious Right?

Steven Conn | Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion
Steven Conn

Whatever Pope Francis's papacy means for American Catholics, his shift in tone and his interest in economic justice may have the effect of upending the political coalition that we call the religious right.

Duck Dynasty Has Freedom of Speech, Not Freedom From Criticism

Stefanie Williams | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Stefanie Williams

just like you're entitled to your opinion, I am entitled to mine. And I will vocally tell you your opinion is kind of crazy and slightly hateful and more than a little uneducated.

The Perils of Religious Politicking

Peter Montgomery | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Sen. Mark Pryor's ad is a cautionary tale about the fact that, as he himself has said, the intersection of faith and politics can be difficult to navigate. It can come across as saying, "vote for me because I'm a Christian," a message that fails to respect America's constitutional ideals and growing religious pluralism.

God, Sex and Corporate Personhood

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

As a clergyperson, I'm obviously concerned about people being able to have the freedom to practice their faith. Yet as a woman, I also care about the health and dignity of people who need contraception.

Repairing Christianity's Damaged Brand

Sally Steenland | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion
Sally Steenland

One of the saddest and most damaging consequences of the Religious Right's grip on partisan power over the past three decades has been the tarnishing of Christianity.

Should Sharing Food Be Classified as a First Amendment Right?

Brad Reid | Posted 01.27.2014 | Food
Brad Reid

What activity is appropriate in public parks? How should public convenience, business and tourism concerns be balanced with feeding activities that arguably attract the needy to certain locations in the community?

To Those Predicting Healthcare Reform Failure: The Evidence of Obama's Achievements Shows You're on the Wrong Side of History -- Again

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Today the president's poll numbers are down. Thirty years from now the word "Obamacare" will be right up there with the other things we take for granted as the bedrock of our civil society.

We Need Ethical Evolution, Not More Destructive Fundamentalist "Certainty"

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Ethics can evolve along with every area of human discovery, for instance, beyond ugly biblical myths born of justifying tribal hatred and ethnic -- God-made-us-do-it -- cleansing after the fact.

War Memorials Should Honor All That Serve

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

While evangelical Christians are some of the loudest supporters of our troops, many of their leaders want to ignore or marginalize the sacrifices of minority religious and non-religious service members who fought on behalf of this country.

Republican Defeat in Virginia Well Earned

James Peron | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
James Peron

The GOP didn't take over evangelicalism, the evangelicals took over the GOP, and it's been on a downward slope ever since.