What Does It Really Mean for Women to be ‘Free & Equal’? A Talk by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali recently spoke at the Sydney Opera House-hosted All About Women conference about how everyone ought to condemn cultural practices such as honor killings, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation:

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Christian Pastor: Feminists Really Just Want a Man to Put Them in Their Place

I was going to stop watching sermons by our friend Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona. But then I saw that the subject of his most recent talk was 1 Corinthians 14… and that’s the part of the Bible that includes this verse:

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.

And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

And since Anderson isn’t exactly known for his appreciation of women, I had to listen. And transcribe. And share with all of you because I know how much you love it.

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A Torrent of Atheism-Related Books Is About to Be Unleashed

I said yesterday that the “New Atheists” helped revive a movement that has since grown in both size and scope.

Here’s even more evidence of that: The number of books being written about atheism are coming out of the fire hose at full blast. And far from being more “arguments against faith,” they’re covering a wider range of material than ever before. Kimberly Winston wrote about the trend in Publishers Weekly:

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Boston College Prohibits Condom Distribution On Campus

Boston College is a university, and a fairly good one at that. It’s a Catholic institution, stating that it “is committed to maintaining and strengthening the Jesuit, Catholic mission of the University.” Like many Catholic universities, BC has to balance being a religious institution with having a large and diverse student body that is no longer expected to necessarily be of the Catholic mold.

BC is very committed to its Catholic mission and, as such, it will not stand idly by as students violate one of its most important and emphasized doctrines. Refusing to help the poor? No, of course not. Not tending to the infirm? Wrong again! The intolerable violation was the distribution of free condoms:

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