‘Legitimate Rape’ in the Bible

On August 19, 2012, Republican Representative Todd Akin of Missouri launched himself out of obscurity and into the headlines of CNN and the New York Times by proclaiming this about conception and pregnancy: “If it’s legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Akin displayed impressive linguistic economy. In fewer than twenty words, he implied that traumatized women can set their uteri to airplane mode, hinted that pregnant women who claim rape are lying, and outraged more than half of the nation’s electorate. Akin, a conservative Christian, also continued a time-honored biblical tradition of dismissing the rights of female victims of sexual assault. [Read more...]

East Aurora School Board Rescinds Policy Supporting Transgender Students

I just wanted to post a quick update regarding the East Aurora Board of Education’s decision to support transgender students… and then considering dropping that support after complaints from Christian Right groups. [Read more...]

Fighting Back in Idaho’s War on Women

In general, I’m against trolling… but when Mike Lee goes after religious anti-women activists, I’ll admit I didn’t mind it one bit: [Read more...]

A Peek Inside Mark Driscoll’s Mind

The Damsels of Dorkington have gone where no one has ever gone before: Inside the mind of Mark Driscoll. (It’s ok. There was space.) [Read more...]

Atheism on the Rise in Ireland

The Irish Central Statistics Office just released a detailed report (PDF) on the country’s 2011 Census, this on specifically focused on religion.

When it comes to the nation’s non-religious population, everything’s looking amazing. [Read more...]


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