If Not Less, More

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I know there are a lot of good reasons to have less religion in the middle of our democratic processes, but until that happens, diversifying the religions and having more of them (and more varieties of each) present is a good thing.  It helps disenthrone the stranglehold that (certain kinds of) Christian views have had [Read More...]

A Year of Wins: Faith & Reproductive Justice 2012

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In so many ways, 2012 was a year of setbacks for women’s reproductive health.  Katie over at Feministing puts it plainly: “The Guttmacher Institute is reporting that 2012 saw the second highest number of abortion restrictions (43 in 19 states) ever. The scary thing is that this is better than 2011, when a record-breaking 92 abortion restrictions were [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Maddow Drops Mic

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Just because this is quite possibly the best summary of the mad mad mad mad crazy election year and its results, I am sharing Rachel Maddow’s commentary from the day after.  It’s old news now, surely you have seen it (what? You haven’t? Stop what you’re doing right now and sit down and watch this!) [Read More...]

Political Bishops

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Earlier this week I wrote about and shared the video of the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, on The Daily Show promoting his new book God Believes in Love. Earlier this fall, I wrote about the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, Thomas Paprocki, and his charged political [Read More...]

Interview: The Grace & The Mess

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Sally Steenland, Director of the Faith & Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress, interviewed me recently as part of our work on Faith & Reproductive Justice this year.  The transcript, as well as the audio podcast, are available on the CAP website. Here is a sample: SS: Let me ask you another [Read More...]

Hindus Buddhists & Bisexuals ~ Oh My!

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In the interview that Sally Steenland, Director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress did with me, published earlier this week, I noted that we should absolutely celebrate the election of the most sexually, racially, and religiously diverse Congress in history. In case you haven’t yet seen it, ThinkProgress [Read More...]

It’s Racism, Stupid

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I’ll let actual Republicans do the full post-mortems on their collective failures in the 2012 election, and just say one thing here:  It’s not about a failure to communicate conservatism, or even a bad candidate.  It’s about a fundamental worldview that privileges whiteness over all other races. It doesn’t matter if the party dresses itself [Read More...]

Now What? Work to be Done

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I’m happy to share two responses to the inevitable days-after-the-election question:  Now What? The first is from Kim Moore (fellow participant in the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at the Center for American Progress, pictured here with me and two other fab women near the White House in September) who posted the following yesterday over [Read More...]

Election Day 2012 Round-Up

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Finally!  Time to vote (if you aren’t among the very many who have done so already).  I decided to round-up a list of the pieces I’ve written over the past few months that most pertain to the election today. First, responses to the four Patheos Election Month questions.  This was a great series, generating a [Read More...]

Why Women (and anyone who knows them) Must Vote

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Mother Jones has a great graphic round-up of reasons that women need to vote November 6.  (If they haven’t already, that is … I’m struck this year at how old-school it sounds to get out the vote on election day itself, with the overwhelming turnout for early voting all around the country!) A few highlights: [Read More...]


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