Monday, November 7, 2016
Rosa Rubicondior: Time For Positive Thinking!
First Draft: We Don't Need to Heal. We Need to Win.
Talking Points Memo: Trump Rolls Out Anti-Semitic Closing Ad
Washington Post: A Catholic priest put an aborted fetus on the altar in an appeal for Donald Trump
Huffington Post: Catholic Church Bulletin Says You’ll Go To Hell If You Vote Democrat
New York Times: The Religious Right’s Trump Schism
Boston Globe: How the religious right embraced Trump and lost its moral authority
It should be obvious that Donald Trump would be incompetent and dangerous as president of the United States. His history of hateful rhetoric and foolhardy proposals should convince us that he is unsuited for one of the world's great seats of power. Hillary Clinton, while imperfect, is the much more competent and experienced choice.
Recent polls give us reason to be optimistic. Most election polls show Hillary Clinton with a substantial lead over Trump, according to the New York Times. A recent Gallup poll found that 69% of respondents were dissatisfied with the Trump campaign. Ultimately, though, polls mean nothing. Votes mean everything.
The candidate we Americans choose for president tomorrow will wield immense power over policy, foreign relations, military deployments, Supreme Court justice appointments, and the image of the U.S. across the world. As voters, we have a responsibility to choose our next president wisely. Our collective decision will have massive ramifications for the U.S. and world.
Tomorrow, go out and VOTE for Hillary Clinton.
Back in January, my father was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, and received chemotherapy treatments soon thereafter. As the year went on, my father declined, growing weaker each month as the cancer spread through his body. My mother served as his primary care giver (with the help of a visiting nurse and home care aid) during his final weeks. I took over yard work, errands, and other chores for my parents, leaving little time for my blog.
My father passed away during the early morning hours of Saturday, October 29th. My mother and I have spent the past week arranging the cremation, clearing out my father's belongings, and taking stock of finances and home repairs.
With so many responsibilities demanding my attention right now, I have little free time to blog. I'm not abandoning the blog, but I won't be able to post as often, at least for the time being.
Please keep my mother and me in your thoughts.
In the BBC documentary America's Hate Preachers, Hannah Livingston spends several months observing hate preacher Steve Anderson of of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona. The result is a disturbing and insightful look at extreme fundamentalist Christianity.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Friendly Atheist: Phyllis Schlafly, Anti-Feminist Conservative Activist, Is Dead at 92
Slate: Phyllis Schlafly Dead at 92
Deadspin: Phyllis Schlafly Finally Croaks
Right Wing Watch: How Phyllis Schlafly Paved The Way For Donald Trump
Think Progress: This bizzaro Ruth Bader Ginsburg could have been a destructive force. But she lost in the end.
Monday, September 5, 2016
Figures and organizations from the Religious Right are mourning Schlafly's passing on Twitter.
Phyllis Schlafly will be remembered for her courageous leadership in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. pic.twitter.com/1T8gD0iPzl— Tony Perkins (@tperkins) September 6, 2016
Thankful for the long life of @PhyllisSchlafly. She was not afraid to stand alone. Now she sees in full and stands in Glory. 1 Cor. 13:12.— Jim Daly (@DalyFocus) September 6, 2016
Rest in peace Phyllis Schlafly. Her legacy lives in the #prolife movement that continues fighting for the protection of all, born & unborn— Susan B Anthony List (@SBAList) September 6, 2016
An American original. God bless Phyllis Schlafly: https://t.co/rCM8M6WJjw— Peter LaBarbera (@PeterLaBarbera) September 6, 2016
Saddened by death of @PhyllisSchlafly--read her book "Choice Not an Echo" as a teenager. Changed my life. I loved her. Will miss her.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) September 6, 2016
RIP Phyllis Schlafly, conservative icon & a dear friend. She changed the course of history.— Ralph Reed (@ralphreed) September 5, 2016
She Went Down Swinging! - Phyllis Schlafly.— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) September 6, 2016
May she rest in peace.
Iconic. Heroic. No one can fill her... https://t.co/15byfCjx32
THE GREAT PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY IS GONE AT 91!!! My obit for this wonderful woman: Phyllis Stewart Schlafly, 1924-2016- https://t.co/yOTZERmTfX— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) September 6, 2016
Sunday, September 4, 2016
KTRE 9: Lufkin business owner refuses service to gay couple, explains why in ad
Des Moines Register: ACLU warns Iowa schools about anti-gay Christian group
Metro Weekly: Anti-gay activist writing God-centric government textbooks for public schools
Religion News Service: New Jersey priest suspended for supporting gay groups
Pink News: Church of England vicar suggests gay pride encourages child abuse
Friendly Atheist: Christian Charity That Rejected Huge Donation From Atheists is Now "Extremely Behind on Funds"
And the Wisdom to Know the Difference: Shall We Stop This Bleeding?
The Ring of Fire Network: Trump’s Campaign Staff Is Literally Filled With White Supremacists
Vice: Kim Davis's Hometown Just Had Its First Pride Celebration
Think Progress: Mere Months After Orlando, Evangelicals Declare New Commitment To Rejecting LGBT People
Huffington Post: ‘Christian’ College Gives Heave-Ho To Professor For Supporting LGBT People
Saturday, September 3, 2016
In a study of 653 university students ages 18-30, most students identified as Christian, with 52.2% identifying as Protestant and 23.9% identifying as Roman Catholic. A smaller percentage identified as atheist (10.4%) or agnostic (13.5%). Students completed surveys gauging their religiosity as well as their political ideology on social and economic issues. The students' rape my acceptance was measured by the Illinois Rape Myth Acceptance Scale–Short Form, which involved students rating statements on a scale such as "If a woman is raped while she is drunk, she is at least somewhat responsible for letting things get out of control", and "Although most women wouldn’t admit it, they generally find being physically forced into sex a real ‘turn-on'".
Researchers found that after controlling for political ideology, Protestants and Catholics demonstrated higher acceptance of rape myths than their atheist and agnostic counterparts. Higher religiosity was correlated with greater acceptance of rape myths. The authors speculate that people who are more involved in Christian church activities are exposed to patriarchal teachings more often, which may reinforce toxic attitudes about sexual violence.
Studies like these remind us how patriarchy poisons Christian communities. Misogynist attitudes and teachings in Christian churches are just as poisonous to clergy as they are to congregants. Two studies of American Christian clergy found that sexism was associated with negative attitudes toward rape victims.
While some Christian denominations respect women, many more still need to jettison their misogynist attitudes and doctrines. Too many faith communities still believe that men should have authority over women, that husbands are entitled to their wives' bodies, that female bodies exude temptation, and that rape victims are culpable for their victimization.* Communities that espouse Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull tenets are especially egregious.
This is unacceptable. Rape culture (and its sibling, purity culture) are reprehensible. We must challenge them wherever we find them, be it in secular society on religious settings.
* = As if attitudes condoning violence against women weren't bad enough, sexual violence against male victims isn't even on the radar of many churches. Men who have been victimizated find themselves out in the cold, hushed into silence or shamed.