Religious Exemptions Are OK, You Say?

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Don’t Blame the Priest for Acting Catholic

Loetta Johnson died recently and, at her funeral, her daughter Barbara Johnson went up to receive communion from Rev. Marcel Guarnizo. What happened next made national news: The priest refused Johnson, who is gay, the sacramental bread and wine. “He covered the bowl with the Eucharist with his hand and looked at me, and said [Read More…]

Vermont Senate OKs Vaccination Bill

On Friday, the Vermont Senate passed a bill and sent it on to the House, ending the ability for parents to exempt their children from mandatory vaccinations before they enter school for philosophical reasons. The ability to exempt for religious reasons however remains in place. Not surprisingly, senators and state Health Department officials agreed that [Read More…]

Soccer Rules Board Overturns Hijab Ban

It really frustrates me when religious people choose to deny themselves an activity that they enjoy because society won’t accommodate their restrictions, which have zero basis in reality. (The fact that they then tend to get angry about everyone else being stubborn and inflexible is just the icing on the frustration-cake.) But when inclusiveness costs [Read More…]

Another Problem with ‘Purity’

Libby Anne, who grew up thinking sex was only something reserved for marriage, talks about one of the byproducts of that way of thinking: The belief that all men only wanted one thing from her. Eventually, I ended up kind of scared of guys my age, because, after all, they were all sex-crazed maniacs who [Read More…]