What Does It Take To Remove a Pastor Who Hangs Out at a Middle School?

You want to see Christian privilege in action?

Get this: At Summit Middle School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a pastor from a church called The Chapel was allowed to hang out in the cafeteria while students were there, pass out pamphlets (that may or may not have been religious in nature) to them, and chat with them as they ate. This was not some random guy — the students “recognize[d] him as a religious leader.”

And the school just let it happen. [Read more...]

Indiana Bans Humanist Celebrants from Performing Weddings, but This Lawsuit Could Change That

Suppose you’re an atheist getting married to another atheist. Who performs your wedding?

Maybe a priest (if your parents are paying for the ceremony). Maybe a good friend (if they get the proper paperwork in time). Maybe a Humanist Celebrant.

But in Indiana, only a handful of people are allowed to perform the ceremony: [Read more...]

‘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...]