People Who Don’t Listen to Women

People Who Don’t Listen To Women have been in the news quite a bit recently. We had John Piper, with his silliness about a “masculine” God and wanting the church to have more of a “masculine feel.” And then we had the weeklong trainwreck of Pink Ribbons Inc.’s partisan attack on a vital, irreplaceable institution [Read More…]

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Tea-partiers take a stand against Nicolae Carpathia

This week slipped away a bit, so Monday’s post on the Tribulation Force movie will be postponed until Friday. Sorry about that. In the meantime, here’s Leslie Kaufman and Kate Zernike of The New York Times, reporting on how tea-party activists have come to think of themselves as a real-life Tribulation Force battling against the [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Jo Hilder: “‘God Gave Christianity a Masculine Feel’ — and Other S*** Christians Say“ Every time we say God is a man, another woman in our church believes God must be a complete bastard. Every time we say that women cannot lead or preach, another woman in our church is convinced she is evil and [Read More…]

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Happy 200th Birthday Charles Dickens

Just think of the names: Canon Crisparkle, Charity Pecksniff, Noddy Boffin, Durdles, Horatio Fizkin, Thomas Gradgrind, Mr. Grimwig, Mr. Murdstone, Mrs. Gummidge, Mr. Snagsby, Dr. Slammer, Inspector Bucket, Captain Swosser and Professor Dingo, Milly Swidger, Dismal Jemmy, the Artful Dodger, The Vengeance, Nicholas Nickleby, Martin Chuzzlewit, Uriah Heep, Luke Honeythunder, Wackford Squeers. Wonderful. Anyway, Charles [Read More…]

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Court says rights for some, but not others, is unconstitutional

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today struck down California’s Proposition 8, which forbid legal recognition for the marriages of same-sex couples. Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote: Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their [Read More…]

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Poor women’s health as ‘political bargaining chip’

William D. Lindsey is not pleased that his church’s leaders are rallying all their political power in order to avoid providing health care to women: I’m well aware that Planned Parenthood does also provide abortion services in some areas. I’m also well aware that the vast bulk of the services Planned Parenthood provides are not [Read More…]

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The party of Lincoln is not the party of Lincoln

Before I was born, my dad ran for local office and got to speak at a 1960 rally where he introduced the speaker who introduced Republican presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon. Nixon was then vice president, but that’s not the cool part of the story or why Dad is still rightly proud to have shared [Read More…]

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Catholic bishops fight to deny health care to the 98 percent

The 98 percent, that is, of American Catholic women who use contraception. Some 98 percent of sexually active Catholic women have used contraceptive methods banned by the church, research published [in April] showed. [An April 2011] report from the Guttmacher Institute, the nonprofit sexual health research organization, shows that only 2 percent of Catholic women, [Read More…]

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