If Only Mourdock Were Rare

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I wish that what Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said this week, that pregnancy as a result of rape is “something that God intended to happen,” was so rare and out of the ordinary that I had to write something new in order to respond thoughtfully to it. It’s not. Here’s some of what [Read More...]

Poverty & Our Shared Humanity

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What are the key issues for people of your tradition to consider as they approach this election? I stand in two traditions – Lutheranism and feminism – and answer this question from that multiplied perspective. First, in terms of key issues for people in the Lutheran (ELCA) tradition, I refer to words from Presiding Bishop [Read More...]

Presidential Faith: When Difference Matters

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Does a candidate’s faith matter? Judging from voters in recent years, and in the 2012 election cycle, the answer is yes, especially if you think it’s sufficiently different. Last year, over at TheReligiousLeft.org, I was inspired by a question from a former student: “So I was trying to remember what we talked about in class [Read More...]

Race Still Matters. Religion … Maybe.

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Results of the Millennial Values and Voter Engagement survey released by the Public Religion Research Institute in early October indicate at least one thing:  the racial divide remains.  It also indicates that Barack Obama’s support is stronger among younger voters who are Catholic, minority Protestant, and religiously unaffiliated.  For a variety of reasons, I suspect, [Read More...]

Joe Biden, Catholic for Choice

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In the words of Vice President Joe Biden, from the transcript of the 10/11/12 Vice Presidential Debate: My religion defines who I am. And I’ve been a practicing Catholic my whole life. And it has particularly informed my social doctrine. Catholic social doctrine talks about taking care of those who — who can’t take care [Read More...]

Religious Freedom Is For Everyone

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What’s wrong – and right – with the role of faith in American politics today?  It is wrong that the mantle of religious freedom is being carried by a small minority of leaders who are actually interested in protecting their own ability to impose their religious ideology on others. Here’s how I put it in [Read More...]

Debate Bingo With AAUW, Amnesty USA, & RCRC

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Three of my favorite organizations have challenged us all to Presidential Debate Bingo … to make your debate watching party more fun, and perhaps to dissuade Presidential Debate Drinking Games.  (But who’s to say one couldn’t do both?!) The basic questions:  Will the candidates address these issues?  Will issues that matter to you even get [Read More...]

Vote Wrong & Go To Hell?

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On September 23, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois issued a statement detailing the evils supported by the Democratic Party Platform:  God isn’t in it enough (and could be taken out!), abortion should be safe and legal, and gay rights are human rights.   He continues: Now, why am I mentioning [Read More...]

An Open Letter to Illinois Pharmacists

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Who do you think you are? Your religion does not trump mine.  If you have a moral or religious objection to dispensing medication that a woman has a legal right to, then maybe you should get another job. In your lawsuit, you said that you “believe life begins at conception, emergency contraception may act as [Read More...]

Did Jesus Have A Wife? I Hope So

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Two things I love about this moment: 1:  That a presentation at an academic conferences is of interest to anyone other than the 35 people in the room. 2:  That people are so bothered that Jesus might have had a wife.  Also, I’m feisty enough to want it to be proven true just to see [Read More...]


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