Church of England Names First Female Bishop

Two decades ago, the Church of England allowed women into the priesthood. In November, the Church officially said that women could hold leadership positions. And now, in the year 2014, almost five hundred years after gaining independence from the Vatican, it has named its first female bishop.

Reverend Libby Lane (below), a former deacon, priest, and Dean of Women in Ministry in Chester, will become the new Bishop of Stockport.



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If You Had Premarital Sex, This Baptist Pastor and College President Believes You’re a “Filthy Dishrag”

Recently surfaced video reveals some profound thoughts on modesty from Paul Chappell, pastor of the Lancaster Baptist Church of Lancaster California and president of the West Coast Baptist College.

He begins with reflections on “purity.” To fundamentalist Christians, “purity” refers to abstinence and “modest dressing.” As is typical from the “purity” movement, Chappell’s emphasis is entirely on women’s premarital sexual activity and women’s clothing:

… what ever happened to purity? What ever happened to that? What ever happened to the days when girls said “I’m not going to be touched by every guy, I’m not going to walk down the aisle like a filthy dish rag on my wedding day”? What ever happened to that?



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In Snub to Jihadists, Kurdish-Led Province Issues Women’s Rights Decree

In a courageous and welcome rebuke to ISIS, Kurdish officials in a region of Syria have issued a 30-point decree that elaborates on the rights of women — a slap in the face to the Muslim extremists who want nothing of the sort:



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Can a Christian “Lean In” Movement Propel Women in the Workplace?

Liberty University, Jerry Falwell‘s evangelical powerhouse college in the hills of western Virginia, is loosely working with Christine Craine of Hillsong Church (in Australia) to start a program (Propel) to support Christian women in business. Inspired by the feminism of the Lean In book, Craine says this will fill a gap for ways women are supported by the Christian community.



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North Dakota School District Says Girls Who Wear Jeggings Are Just Like Prostitutes

The Devils Lake School District in North Dakota knows exactly how to get students to pay attention in class: The girls just need to stop wearing clothing that’ll distract the boys, even if they’re fully covered up.

According to Valley News Live, that means they “can’t wear leggings, jeggings and tight jeans.”

And just to hammer home that point…

The assistant principal said they had the girls watch two clips from the movie “Pretty Woman” and compared their attire to the main character… who is a prostitute.

I remember that movie. It’s the one where Richard Gere falls in love with Julia Roberts after seeing her in jeggings.

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