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Atheists Ignore Islamophobia at their Peril

…ic minorities is accessible—these issues impact many people in the atheist community. But what about people in other communities? If this is the case, then interfaith outreach and cooperation is imperative as it strives to decrease the distance between “others” and create opportunities for people to identify shared values and a sense of shared humanity—an understanding of identity that allows people to see another’s freedom and value as connected…

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What Irish Marriage Vote Means for Catholic Church; The Lonely Fight for Equality in Belize; Progress and Backlash in Tunisia; Global LGBT Recap

…, whatever organised religion may say, our way of loving is right. No holy communion is more holy than the human communion of two people in love. I believe that we can honestly assert that what we have learned first and foremost is that it is the oppression and repression of human sexual fulfillment that are the primary cause of sickness in our human communities, both straight and gay. In contrast, Christopher J. Hale wrote for TIME Magazine that…

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Anti-Gay Groups Running Out of Search Engines

…f Google wants to be truly fair to its employees, it should consider extra compensation to married heterosexuals who are bitten every April 15 by the marriage-penalty tax,” spokesman Gary Schneeberger told FoxNews.com. “How is offering more money to only one group to offset a perceived inequity not a form of discrimination against those groups not fortunate enough to receive such bonuses?” Fox legal analyst Lisa Wiehl said the law could be challen…

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Pope’s US Visit Provokes Intense Attention; New Vatican Book on Man-Woman Complementarity & New Int’l Report on Christian Role Models for LGBT Equality; Global LGBT Recap

…llying. The Duke of Cambridge indicated he would confront those behind any comments and comfort the victims. David Coburn, a member of the European Parliament from the right-wing UKIP party said this week that he believed Muslim refugees fleeing into Europe from Syria and Iraq may, in the words of BuzzFeed’s Jamie Ross, “be part of ISIS and will attempt to change the British way of life.” “Many of these people, as we’ve heard, are ISIS,” he said….

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Trump’s “Muslim Ban” A Gift to Terrorists

…ess or pursued potential deals.” There’s no evidence of any Syrian refugee committing a single act of terror in the United States, nor have there been any Iranian or Iraqi terrorists. Donald Trump’s list of banned nations is comprised of nothing more than the most vulnerable of Muslim countries, six of whom we’ve bombed or used in proxy wars. Like all bullies, he has found a soft and weak target to point his finger at. Some may take heart that his…

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Attack on the US Capitol Has Many Journos Finally Taking White Evangelical Authoritarianism and Christian Nationalism Seriously

…ing themselves from the events they had very much laid the groundwork for. https://twitter.com/RDispatches/status/1347596162338082816 For example, NPR framed their coverage with the headline “Faith Leaders Nearly Unanimous in Condemning Assault on Capitol.” Instead of giving visible evangelical leaders the plausible deniability they crave, we ought to be asking how they fostered the fascism in the pews. We should be likewise demanding accountabili…

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Today We Pray for Women for Whom Pregnancy is Not Good News …

…ver forgive them or that they’ll go to hell, Kromenaker noted, “They still come for the abortion. Because they’re like, ‘I just can’t be pregnant right now.’” She added, “Every single abortion provider has had a woman who has come in and said, ‘I used to be out on that picket line.’” Some women are surprised that church teachings don’t match reality: the clinic floors aren’t covered in blood; the evil abortionist is kind and caring; abortion doesn…

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Christian Nationalists and the Holy Gun Crusade

…d Tweet advertising the same kind of gun the Uvalde shooter had purchased: https://twitter.com/ashtonpittman/status/1530243294868930560 The line used is Proverbs 22:6, and this phenomenon, the use of Biblical passages to sell firearms with an explicitly Christian context, is widespread in the United States. And this shouldn’t be surprising—as Brad Stoddard writes here on RD, “AR-15s are also increasingly the firearm of choice for Christian gun own…

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True Blood: When Marketing Goes For the Jugular

…sely chose to ignore it rather than add to the confusion. The real vampire community (as this group has come to collectively refer to itself) is in the strange position of experiencing an unprecedented level of media attention, even as they are often pejoratively characterized as being unable to discern media from reality. Don Rimer, a former police officer and “occult crimes expert” recently claimed that the Twilight novels by Stephanie Meyer hav…

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The Pope and the Culture Wars

…On the eve of the Pope’s address to congress, RD Senior Correspondent Patti Miller spoke with NPR partner station KPCC about the effect on the culture wars of “[t]he most politicized pontiff in contemporary history.” https://soundcloud.com/religion-dispatches/papal-politics-how-pope-francis-stirs-the-culture-wars-in-dc…

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