What Sexual Terrorism Looks Like

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This is part of an opinion piece I wrote for my local newspaper, the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, published last Thursday, March 14: As I drove south out of Jacksonville on U.S. 67 to pick my husband up at the St. Louis airport, I thought of her.  The 16-year old girl who punched the cop impersonator in [Read More...]

A Prayer for Women’s History Month

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As President Barack Obama officially proclaimed last week, March is women’s history month in the United States: Women’s History Month is a time to remember those who fought to make that freedom as real for our daughters as for our sons. Written out of the promise of the franchise, they were women who reached up [Read More...]

Black History is Now, part three

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This is my third and final post related to our national observation of Black History Month during February.  For the first two, click here and here. Over at SoulRevision, Kim Moore is taking a new angle on the standard Black History Month profiles: During Black History Month we spend a lot of time talking about our wonderful black [Read More...]

Christian Is as Christian Does

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My colleague and fellow participant in the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at The Center for American Progress, Rev. Matthew Westfox, has an excellent ‘open letter‘ to conservative Christians opposing the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act over at The Melissa Harris-Perry Show page. Here is an excerpt where he suggests that we all [Read More...]

Conscience & Change

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Mary Hunt makes some fantastic points in her reflection on the resignation announcement of Pope Benedict XVI. First, conscience is important for all Catholics: Conscience, Benedict reminds us today, is still primary for Catholics. Examination of conscience: that is just the formula millions of us use to explain why we use birth control, enjoy our [Read More...]

Interfaithing Lutherans

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The headlines refer to Rev. Rob Morris as a Lutheran pastor reprimanded by his denomination for participating in an interfaith prayer service in Newtown, Connecticutt, just after the Sandy Hook massacre. ‘MISSOURI-SYNOD LUTHERAN!’  … I want to holler every time I see it. After I stop hollering, I want to point out that a similar [Read More...]

BREAKING: Fierce Women Freak Out Conservatives

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Leave it to Kathryn Jean Lopez at The National Review to lead the slut-shaming of a successful hetero-married mother of a daughter: I don’t want to linger on this, but last night’s Super Bowl half-time show was ridiculous — and gratuitously so. Watching Twitter, it was really no surprise that men made comments about stripper [Read More...]

Top Three Posts in January

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The top three most-viewed posts here in January 2013 were: I Am Not A Hostage Honorable Mention: Ordain a Lady! Guns & Religion And tied for third was Seneca Falls. Selma. Stonewall ::  The Basics It was a popular month for intersections it seems … the intersection between feminism and religion (are they compatible or [Read More...]

Guns & Religion, part two: Praying for a Gun?

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“Too many children are dying. Too many children,” [Gabrielle] Giffords almost whispered, speaking slowly and with difficulty the eight most important words that anyone would utter during the entire four-hour hearing.” That was in Washington, D.C., at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on gun violence, on January 30, 2013. A teenage girl who performed at [Read More...]

Seneca Falls. Selma. Stonewall :: The Basics

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Unless you’ve actively studied the gay rights movement in the U.S., it might be possible that you’d never heard of “Stonewall” before President Barack Obama name checked it in his second inaugural address.  You might have had the opportunity to learn about U.S. women’s history at some point, given that we now have such a [Read More...]


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