Virginia hates women. And doctors. And modernity.

Go read Dahlia Lithwick, “Virginia’s Proposed Ultrasound Law Is an Abomination“: This week, the Virginia state Legislature passed a bill that would require women to have an ultrasound before they may have an abortion. Because the great majority of abortions occur during the first 12 weeks, that means most women will be forced to have [Read More…]

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Why is New Hampshire not recalling its legislature?

Is there something in the water in Concord? Even by the 21st-century standards of weird, offensive state legislative wackiness, New Hampshire’s Republican delegation stands out. First you had Republican state Rep. Harry Accornero and Republican state Rep. Susan DeLemus going full-birther, demanding that President Barack Obama be removed from the state ballot because they have [Read More…]

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Catholics are ‘too sensible to go crazy every time a pope does’

“Pusillanimus” means “lacking courage and resolution; marked by contemptible timidity.” I had to look that up. So Garry Wills has expanded my vocabulary. The rest of his New York Review of Books essay, “Contraception’s Con Men” is also educational: Pusillanimous Catholics — Mark Shields and even, to a degree, the admirable E. J. Dionne — [Read More…]

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So’s your mother

OK, third try. I’ve collected a bunch of bookmarks and links to various items on “women in the church.” But twice today I’ve sat down to type those in here as a kind of thematic link-dump, and then gotten angry thinking about how this whole “controversial” topic shouldn’t be controversial at all. And then I [Read More…]

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‘Gender apartheid in the body of Christ’

That’s the title of a post from Left Cheek: “Gender apartheid in the body of Christ,” in which he writes: You want to see a masculine Christianity? That’s easy! It’s all around us. It’s the current state of the American Church — a gender apartheid in the body of Christ. If that language sounds too [Read More…]

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Causes, effects and counter-examples

There are those who might argue that religious views upholding male superiority, male-only leadership in religious posts and female subservience within the religion are simply a pretense for a pre-existing misogyny. The religious claims, in this view, are a pretext or an excuse, rather than a genuine belief derived from the faith itself. In this [Read More…]

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These links all have something in common …

… but I don’t know what that is. Merill Perlman sorts out something I needed to have sorted out. Something improvised as a temporary fix is “jury-rigged.” … Something that is “jerry-built,” though, is shoddily built, usually out of inferior materials. … To be fair, things can be “jury-rigged” and “jerry-built,” meaning temporary and lousy, [Read More…]

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Charles Colson: Still repeating a lie he knows is a lie

Charles Colson remains one of the most cynically dishonest creatures in American politics. Evangelical Christians love the guy for his prison-conversion story, but he is not an honest man and should not be trusted. Charles Colson says things that aren’t true. On purpose. With intent to deceive. This is a matter of public record. Colson [Read More…]

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