ISIS orders female genital mutilation for all women and girls in Iraq

The United Nations reports the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has ordered all girls and women between the ages of 11 and 46 to undergo female genital mutilation. Major media outlets are reporting the Islamic militants have issued a "fatwa" demanding female genital mutilation that could affect about 4 million women and girls. U.N. resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq Jacqueline Badcock, reports:"This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of … [Read more...]

Pat Robertson on the virtues of modesty and ‘sensual laced stockings’

Televangelist Pat Robertson

Sounding like a hip Muslim Mullah, televangelist Pat Robertson praised “sensual laced stockings” while claiming modesty is “hot,” and purity culture is “cool.” After airing a story asking “How much skin can a girl show before it's a sin?” Robertson waxed philosophical on the virtues of modesty while offering tips to the ladies on seduction and the heterosexual male. Robertson expressed his preference for laced stockings over bare legs, noting:“From a purely prurient standpoint, a laced st … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby decision paves way for Christian theocracy

Hobby Lobby - Symbol of Christian Oppression

The Hobby Lobby decision elevates conservative Christian dogma above the law, and paves the way for a Christian theocracy. In the disastrous Hobby Lobby decision, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations can have religious beliefs, and use those beliefs to discriminate against employees. The decision opens the floodgates to claims by corporations and others for religious exemptions. Immediately after the recent Hobby Lobby ruling a group of anti-gay religious leaders wrote a letter to Pr … [Read more...]

George Takei leads Hobby Lobby boycott

Takei hobby lobby

“Religious freedom run amok." Calling the Hobby Lobby decision a “stunning setback for women’s reproductive rights” actor and human rights activist George Takei is leading a boycott against the chain of conservative Christian craft stores. Takei, speaking for many Americans, is angry about a decision by the Supreme Court allowing the craft store Hobby Lobby to opt out of the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Writing on his personal blog, Takei eloquently expresses the frustra … [Read more...]

Christianity Today promotes rape culture: Youth pastor calls rape ‘extramarital affair’

#TakeDownThatPost - Christianity Today is under fire after giving a former youth group minister and convicted rapist a forum to publish a self-serving and disturbing first-person account of the rape of a minor. Earlier this month, Christianity Today's imprint publication, Leadership Journal, ran a post written by a convicted child sex offender and former youth pastor narrating his internal thought process as he went from youth pastor to child molester and convicted felon. The account, written … [Read more...]

Muslim men buy child brides as young as nine in Niger


Child brides are big business in the poverty stricken country of Niger, where daughters as young as nine years old are sold to wealthy Muslim men from neighboring Nigeria. BBC reports the marriage of young girls is a social norm in Niger, and given explicit backing by religious leaders. Islamic law allows marriage not by age, but by physical maturity, which is supposedly attained once a girl reaches the age of puberty. When the government of Niger tried to introduce laws to give more … [Read more...]

American Taliban: Utah modesty police edit girls’ yearbook photos

Female students at a public high school in Utah are angry after their yearbook photos were secretly edited by school administrators to cover up bare arms and modest necklines. The female students at Wasatch High School were surprised and angry to find that their yearbook photos had been edited to reveal less skin, and upset that the decision to make alterations in their yearbook photos was not consistent. In one case, two different girls were wearing nearly identical tops: one photo was … [Read more...]

Toni Braxton: Autistic son is punishment from God for abortion

In her new autobiography, Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir, R&B star Toni Braxton says God punished her for having an abortion by giving her an autistic son. In her recently released memoir, Braxton writes:“I was suddenly faced with a choice I’d never thought I’d have to make. Amid my major misgivings about abortion, I eventually made the gut-wrenching decision… In my heart, I believed I had taken a life — an action that I thought God might one day punish me for. … My initial rage was quickl … [Read more...]