This is How Voting Worked 100 Years Ago, Too

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Mormon Women Turned Away from All-Male Conference on Priesthood

Members of the group Ordain Woman, an organization dedicated to gender equality within Mormonism, were recently barred from a convention concerning male priesthood because, well, they’re heretics.

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Nebraska’s Supreme Court Has Rejected a Foster Child’s Request for An Abortion

On Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court refused a 16-year-old girl’s request for an abortion. The girl, who is a ward of the state after being taken away from her abusive parents, lacks a guardian who can provide the required parental consent, leaving her in a legal limbo.

According to the ruling, the judges voted 5-2 against her because she was unable to prove that “she is sufficiently mature and well informed to decide on her own whether to have an abortion.”
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Vatican Excommunicates Priest for Supporting Ordination of Women and Gay Marriage

You have to do something really awful to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church these days. In Melbourne, Australia, The Age notes that the only priests in the region who are no longer welcome to receive the Church’s sacraments are those who have been convicted of pedophilia.

But now we can add (former) Father Greg Reynolds to that exile list. What did he do that was so awful?

“I’ve come to this position because I’ve followed my conscience on women’s ordination and gay marriage.”

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Israel Alters Science Textbooks For Religious State Schools, Deleting All the Icky Female Bits

Until this year, all state schools in Israel used the same science books. Heading into the new school year, however, that will no longer be the case, as the government has decided that religious schools deserve their own science books, which will be dumbed down for students’ spiritual protection.

In the United States, the state censorship of textbooks has focused mostly on suppressing political ideas and boosting the unintelligent notion of Intelligent Design. In Israel, it’s mostly the human body — the female human body, in particular — that has caused a case of cooties at the highest levels, such that a chapter on reproduction will be deleted, along with references to menstruation.

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