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‘Hardwired’ for Hetero Marriage, LDS Tension Mounts Over LGBT Rights

…ritical mass of Mormons in the United States Senate—including Republicans Orrin Hatch of Utah and Dean Heller of Nevada (whose vote broke a filibuster by his own party)—played a critical role in passing the historic Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) protecting gay and lesbian Americans in the workplace.  Just days later, grassroots LDS Church members in the heavily Mormon communities of Oahu’s North Shore received instructions during their…

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Masculinity and Mass Violence: When Will We Acknowledge the Smoking Gendered Pronoun Hiding in Plain Sight?

…e vast majority of such incidents here involve white men. Racism holds a terrible logic, for a concept with no grounding whatsoever in science or morality, yet too many white people don’t see any patterns. Indeed, something along these lines had prompted me to tweet my own discomfort on the morning of the Oak Creek attack: https://twitter.com/edrescherphd/status/232208487675994112 The common denominator Others have seen religious intolerance as a…

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International “Religious Freedom” Agenda Will Only Embolden ISIS

…nd belief.” USCIRF co-organized the Oslo meeting with Baroness Elizabeth Berridge, leader of the All Parties Parliamentary Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief in the British Parliament. I met Baroness Berridge last spring at the Westminster Faith Debates when we represented opposing sides on the question of whether governments should promote religious freedom abroad. Seeing her name brought to mind an odd story she recounted during our debate t…

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Distant Churches and the Isolated Poor: Lessons from Katrina, Ten Years Later

…s, as tens of thousands of New Orleanians fled an approaching Category 3 hurricane, leaving behind thousands of their fellow residents too immobilized by poverty or other factors to escape the hurricane’s onslaught. On August 29, Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Mississippi and Louisiana coast, packing 125 mph winds and strong waves and producing a storm surge of 10-20 feet. The winds and flooding left New Orleans without power and submer…

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We Were Here Before September 11th

…n if not in a conference. However, all of the dynamics changed after the terrorist attacks in America on September 11, 2001. It is true that of the more public players on the scene of Islam in America, many are Muslims from Muslim majority countries who previously wanted to keep their Islam in the closet. Then the events of September 11th shook the proverbial skeletons out of that closet. And lo and behold, now they are Muslims and they are the pr…

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Louis C.K., Paige Patterson, and the White Male Forgiveness Charade

…ts from within the industry and from people in the know, that the item referred to established comic heavyweight Louis C.K., whose eponymous FX comedy show was in the second year of a five-year run. Some other comedians attempted to take the heat off Louis by claiming the item was about them (most notably, Doug Stanhope), but it was generally understood that Louis C.K. was the comedian who exposed himself to the comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates. Aro…

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The End (of Religion) is Near, Scientists Say

…f imperial Spanish? It would seem to be the scientists themselves, and their language of choice is math. That makes this study no longer benign or funny. It’s an almost sneering and worrisome glimpse into the mentality of a certain kind of secularist science that’s got something invested in all people speaking the same way….

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How Conservative Christian Women Came to Claim “True” Feminism

…wife of conservative activist—and later Left Behind co-author—Tim LaHaye. Irritated by the ascendance of Betty Friedan’s National Organization for Women (NOW), LaHaye founded CWA to represent traditionalist women who balked at feminist “liberation.” Since its inception, the group has worked to bring “biblical values” to bear on the American political process, with special attention to issues of sex and gender. Over the past three decades, CWA has…

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Competitive Religious Philanthropy in the Wake of the Nepali Earthquake

…leen Falsani reported here in RD, faith groups of all kinds were quick to arrive in the devastated capital. But do religious groups engage seamlessly in humanitarianism in these contexts? In the direct aftermath of the quake, for example, the Hindu American Foundation sent out an email encouraging individuals seeking to support relief efforts to channel their donations to Hindu charities in particular. These organizations, the group claimed, are m…

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Christine O’Donnell in 1995: Women In Military Colleges Damage National Security

…d the tea party loves it. Or at least loves its protégés. O’Donnell is a former press secretary for Concerned Women for America, the group founded in the 1980s by Armageddon fantasist Tim LaHaye’s wife Beverly to train conservative Christian women for political activism. In a 1995 appearance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, O’Donnell, appearing as CWA’s press secretary, stated that women are detrimental to military readiness.  The appearance took p…

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