Heteropatriarchy With A Twist

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These are confusing times. How can there be such swift and progressive action state by state (Utah!  Indiana!  Oklahoma!) toward equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian Americans at the same time as the shockingly regressive gender politics around contraception and women’s health care reaching all the way to the Supreme Court? Over at The [Read More...]

Trusting Women

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Last night, I delivered the following as part of a series of “Big Tent” speeches at an event hosted by the Morgan County Democratic Central Committee here in Illinois.  It was a fundraiser and a meet-and-greet event featuring the Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White, with whom I am pictured below. It’s about trusting women. [Read More...]

This Week in Religious Freedom & Healthcare

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This picture of me shouldn’t be revolutionary.  And yet … Here is a great 90 second summary of what is at stake this week when lawyers for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood will argue before the Supreme Court that your boss should get to determine what preventative health care you receive: Here is a round-up [Read More...]

Religious Freedom … For Bosses Only?

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On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear two cases in which the argument will be made that your boss’s beliefs should determine your access to healthcare. Sounds preposterous, right? And yet, that’s what the lawyers for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood will argue.  That a boss’ religious freedom trumps an employee’s religious freedom.  That [Read More...]

Apply Now: Faith & Reproductive Justice Institute

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If 2012 taught us anything, it was that the conservative forces seeking to deny women and families access to basic reproductive healthcare are not going away.  It was also that they continue to use their brand of religions to justify their threats to women’s heath. You can be a voice of reason in the mess.  [Read More...]

Chastity Brings May Flowers?

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Well, that’s not exactly what I learned about how the bright spring blooms take hold. Then again, this isn’t exactly a view of sex and God’s plan that I was taught either: Where to even begin?  There’s so much wrong with this image, and that only begins with casting as evil some of the very [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...]

When the Personal Becomes Political

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I wrote about the religious element of Joe Biden’s response to Martha Raddatz’s question about abortion last week. In a great post this week over at Feministing, Mimi Arbeit breaks down four possible answers to the question, pointing out that Biden used the first three: (See video, transcript.) Many others have expressed frustration with Raddatz [Read More...]

People of Faith Understand …

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There are so many things to like, support, and affirm in The Religious Institute’s Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Family Planning:  Claiming sex and sexuality as divine gift and the family as sacred, affirming individual moral agency, attending to sacred texts and traditions in terms of what they do and do not say on [Read More...]

Social Issues Are Economic Issues

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One chilling moment from the Republican National Convention was the point in Mitt Romney’s speech when he said: “President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans — [pauses for audience laughter(!)] — and to heal the planet. MY promise is to help you and your family.” They laughed.  The entire arena erupted!  What nonsense … [Read More...]


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