If God loves women, He has a weird way of showing it:
A Christian school’s boys soccer team forfeited a game on Friday because their opponents included two girls.
A male student at Timpview High School in Provo, Utah — an overwhelmingly Mormon city — complained to authorities that the cheerleaders’ short skirts were causing him to have impure thoughts. The student’s mother also complained, and the girls were apparently told not to wear their uniforms at last Friday’s game.
Our latest podcast guest is Dr. Karen Garst, editor of a new book called Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life Without Religion.
Garst is the former executive director of the Oregon Community College Association and Oregon State Bar. She also writes at the website Faithless Feminist.
We spoke about how women are uniquely affected in a negative way by religion, what’s stopping more women from leaving their faith, and why we don’t see more women celebrated as atheists.
Pope Francis has formed a commission to study the history of women as deacons in the Catholic Church (a rank just below priests). The findings could lead to the Church to finally change its position on the matter. Because I guess you need 12 people to say “Yes, obviously. Why the hell are we still discussing this?” before it sinks in…
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