Sex-Ed Bill Proposes Funding For Pro-LGBT, Pro-Contraception Programs

A new sex education bill would reward programs that reject gender stereotypes, reach out to LGBT students, and teach a range of birth control methods.

It’s almost as if Congress is doing something right for once. [Read more...]

A Review of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters: Sympathy for the Witch

It’s an enjoyable ride, an energetic action movie with all the bells and whistles of early-21st-century cinema: Trendy (and pricy) 3-D glasses. Sexy, take-no-prisoners heroes. Monstrous reimaginings of your run-of-the-mill witch. Modern inventions gone medieval (think tasers, machine guns, and insulin injections to treat Hansel’s “sugar sickness”). Wry humour. CGI trolls named Edward.

But it’s also a modern reimagining of an idea straight out of the history books. The hunting and execution of witches was real… and it usually involved targeting older, independent-living women as consorts of Satan. It was a way to punish women for acting in ways the male social leaders deemed inconsistent with the community’s Christian values. [Read more...]

Beliefnet Tells Writer She Can’t Use the Word ‘Feminist’ in Her Blog’s Title Because It’ll Offend Readers

My blogging-buddy Libby Anne has a blog header that looks like this:

Love. Joy. Feminism. Cool!

Another Patheos blogger writes about the intersection of feminism and her faith:

No big deal, right?

Well, Kristine Holmgren was recently invited to blog on a religion-based site I didn’t realize still existed — Beliefnet — and she proposed a title/subtitle for her blog to her superior, “marketing and business analyst” Sharon Kirk:

“How about — ‘Sweet Truth — Thoughts of a Faithful Feminist’?”

The response she got back from Kirk was astounding: [Read more...]

Christian Pastor: I’d Rather Experience Chinese Water Torture Than Listen to a Woman Argue With Me

I had no idea what to title this post because I had so many options.

Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona just gave the greatest sermon *ever* on the qualities of a “virtuous woman.” It’s offensive, misogynistic, hilarious… and it’s all on video.

Highlights are below! (Because I listened to the whole damn thing for you…) [Read more...]

Saying No to a Men-Only Debate

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Dan Barker recently accepted an invite to do a debate in Minnesota against a Catholic theologian as part of the “Argument Of The Month Club,” a forum for Catholic men. They covered his expenses and the debate was set for February 12th.

As Dan was looking at the group’s event page for the debate the other day, he noticed something weird:

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