May 16, 2016

Jesus loves us, fat and all. Self-loathing and all. Read more

May 14, 2016

I can’t imagine that God really wants us keeling over and babbling. Communication and unity are not served thus Read more

May 12, 2016

Think how radical this could be. Read more

May 10, 2016

Travel into space: a Cartesian trip, a technological escape of the mind (real or artificial) from all this nasty muck. Meet extra-terrestrial intelligences. They will, invariably, be smarter than we are, as they are not rooted in the murky earth. Everything is clean, spare, white, futuristic. Read more

May 9, 2016

What I found reading the story of the Mother’s Day event, and perusing the comments, was part of a larger motif of disdain for the concerns of families that are not conventionally white, western, middle class, and “respectable.” Read more

May 4, 2016

If you are supporting Trump because of his stance on the economy, immigration, Muslims, or war, you are supporting him for reasons that run counter to Catholic thought, and at times, even counter to basic natural law ethics or humanitarian principles – and without even the slender excuse of a pro-life stance to justify it. If you defend this support because it is “practical,” you are jettisoning our Christian principles of defense of personal dignity even when it is not convenient. If you start contorting yourself to defend Trump now, we are watching you, and wondering what the hell you are thinking. Read more

May 2, 2016

We often hear sermons or admonitions against scanty dress in women, but rarely do we hear admonitions against the flaunting of wealth or power. If I get called out for my spaghetti straps, why isn’t that businessman being called out for buying yet another expensive sports car? Perhaps concentrating the meaning of modesty in sexuality is a good way for those in positions of religious power to deflect their own guilt for kowtowing to the wealthy, instead of treating every single person as a member of the body of Christ. Read more

April 27, 2016

I don’t advocate abortion as the answer to this impossibility. I advocate making better choices available – in a real, concrete, material way, not just as a pleasant theory. But punishing the woman who has had no access to these better choices is only going to tear apart families, provoke mental and physical distress, and deepen the problem of poverty which is a major root cause of abortion. Read more

April 26, 2016

To return to our original topic: can we say that the contemporary practice of veiling is fraught with a complicated past full of demeaning implications? Is there possibility today for the practice to be otherwise? Maybe. Could men find some meaningful gesture that does not depend on practices of women in order to be meaningful? Perhaps this is also possible. Is it clear that, even thousands of years after these words and cultures thrived, that the kyriarchical meanings and associations of ancient veiling still exist to an extent in the modern form? Read more

April 25, 2016

I still have no desire to veil myself, though I may occasionally sport a fedora, but I do intend in the future to be more respectful to women who find veiling enhances their religious experience, and to be wary about making assumptions about their beliefs or motives. Our religious experience is enriched and deepened when we learn from, instead of judging, one another. Read more

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