Religious Quandary Archives

Atheists Rejected By the American Cancer Society

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Greta Christina has written about it over at Alternet. What does this mean? Are Atheists that bad? Do we smell [sniffs armpits]? Its no big surprise that Atheists are a bit controversial, even when I say that I am an Atheist to another friend, suddenly we’re speaking in hush tones. I guess people are just as afraid of the word ‘Atheist’ than say the word ‘witch’ or ‘Satanist.’

Corbin on “The Irony of Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC”

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Caroline Mala Corin (Miami) has posted to SSRN her piece forthcoming in the Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, “The Irony of Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC.”  Here is the abstract:

Happy [belated] Blasphemy day!!!

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I’m happy to say that…I can satirize religion and criticize it all I want. I think it is not blasphemous to have a woman priest in the Catholic Church. I think people rely too much on religion to give them the answers. People use the Bible, misinterpret it and use it to control others. Religion should be seen as it is, a human creation to explain the world. Religion, in my opinion, traps a person in a paradigm with myth-making and stories to help them get by.

Vatican Family Values

From: discoverfeminism.com |

As my people like to say, there is chutzpah, and then there is chutzpah. And if you are Michele Bachmann there is even chitzpah.  But this needs a bigger word. Probably in Italian. With an issimo on the end. Don’t get me wrong. I like my Vatican predictable. So I wasn’t surprised when the Catholic Church came out to

What my Christian fundamentalist upbringing taught me about periods

From: discoverfeminism.com |

A few recent readings and experiences have brought some of the ideology I grew up with as a Christian fundamentalist back into my mind. Specifically, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about conservative Christian attitudes towards menstruation. I spoke on a panel this summer and got a laugh when I explained, “Personhood laws define the fetus as a person from the ‘moment of conception’, whatever that means.” Folks have been pointing out for a while that “moment of conception” is a pretty unscientific concept – conception is a process, not something that happens in a magic instant where a new human being is created and simultaneously imbued with a soul. Then I read this amazing interview with Vyckie Garrison, who left the Quiverfull movement.

Secular Witching

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I got the memo that Blasphemy day on September 30th, and then I asked myself what is religion? Am I religious? What are my views on religion? For the most part I consider myself a feminist witch. I don’t join any known religion into my practice, just feminism. It’s not as hard as it sounds. Whatever I read about (true) feminism I join it in my magical practice. For example, a feminist has to be pro-woman, she/he has to support abortions. I do believe in the sanctity of life, but I know that a woman should make her own choices. I can’t make them for her.

Christianity as a Cultural Phenomenon

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Christianity is no longer just a religion. It’s not just entrenched in our North American culture, it is our culture. Religion crops up when we eat, even comes up in sex, when you get married, when someone dies, or even when we sneeze! We have Christian holidays, that have eventually become the norm. Christmas, is sometimes no longer about Jesus but about (Coca-Cola’s) Santa Claus. We even speak Christian. Words like ‘devil,’ angel,’ ‘heaven,’ or ‘hell’ and even the word Sin are all Christian words! All these words do not occur in any other religions. Yet, we use them. There isn’t just words there are Christian names, too.

“Condoms 4 Life” at Catholic World Youth Day

From: discoverfeminism.com |

More than a million young pilgrims have flooded into Madrid for the 26th Catholic World Youth Day (WYD). The event, begun in 1984 by Pope John Paul II, is held every two or three years. It is the single largest meeting of Catholics in the world. Over the past few decades, the WYD has picked up a lot of traditions—from trading flags, to welcoming the Pope. But another, more subversive tradition has sprung up too—most years there is a protest against the Pope’s stance on human sexuality. This year, 30 brave young people calling themselves “World Youth Day 4 All” (affiliated with Catholics for Choice) have hit the streets of the WYD gathering to spread the news: Good Catholics Use Condoms.

Why Shari’a Poses Less of a Threat to Women’s Rights in the US than Fundamentalist Christians Do

From: discoverfeminism.com |

As the Republican race for Presidential nomination heats up in the United States, we’re hearing more and more about the so-called threat of “creeping shari’a” from the candidates and their supporters on the Religious Right.  Other writers have refuted the arguments that allowing Muslim participation in US life will lead to terrorism or shari’a usurping

Why be religious?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

In recent threads about religion, some people have asked, simply, why? Why be religious? Why put in all of the effort to redefine a feminist Judaism? Why maintain an association with these historically and presently oppressive institutions? For me, there’s a few reasons that stand out in my head.

It’s Ramadan. How ’bout those Muslim feminists?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

  In honor of Ramadan (which began this week), and the fact that I have but a little time left with the lovely folks of Feministe, I thought I would aim once again for the overlap in my life’s Venn Diagram. To your right! The circle labelled “reads a lot of books.” To your left! The circle labelled “academic and professional obsession with matters Middle Eastern.” Up above! The circle labelled “thinks a lot about women’s issues.”

A Teen Feminist Calls the Westboro Baptist Church

From: discoverfeminism.com |

The Westboro Baptist Church is America’s most infamous hate-mongers, using the bible and Christianity (at least, their brand of Christianity) to justify savage and hateful messages targeted at almost every group imaginable: homosexuals, abortionists, Muslims, Jews, Roman Catholics, even the United States military.

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