Religious people are the best people
Let's call this the Peyoteros revenge, or "unintended consequences bite", shall we.
Now, I am, of course, appalled (as would any right thinking person be) that the societal benefits of co-payment free birth control and insurance coverage for medical advice about the same) should be undercut by a law specifically intended to vindicate the influence of religion in the sphere of secular behaviour. Read more about Why Hobby Lobby will probably win, and why it should.
The Rev. Patrick Conroy worked for a Jesuit group ordered to pay $166 million over child sexual abuse claims, though he was not personally accused of misconduct.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is reconsidering her support for a Catholic priest nominated as House chaplain after learning that he works for a Jesuit group ordered to pay $166 million for more than 400 claims of child sexual abuse. ...
... Plaintiff’s attorneys involved in the massive lawsuit said Conroy has not been accused of abusing any children or even covering up for other priests. In fact, Conroy blew the whistle on at least one case of abuse at a prior job.
Hemant is all over this issue because he goes to a lot of college campuses to speak and college kids are generally the most enthusiastic atheists out there today. So what do you think? Is there a legitimate "need" for "humanist" chaplains on campus like there are religious chaplains for students? Read more about Humanist Advocates on Campus
I haven't even made it through the comments yet, but I just have to pass along this great Sunday blog topic from my girl, Greta Christina. Why won't she call me, oh why oh why? Heh, anyway:
Atheists and unbelievers: What, if anything, would make you believe? Worship? Read more about Sunday Atheism Blogging
Happy Easter to all those who celebrated it yesterday! Here in Noo Yawk, it was 70 degrees and sunny - better weather than we've had in months. We felt the renewal and rebirth of Spring as the forsythia burst into riots of sun-colored blossoms in the Park, and the pitter-patter of little tourists' feet was heard from the Cloisters to the Statue of Liberty. Read more about Dogma
Now, as President Barack Obama begins his last-ditch effort to pass final legislation, Doerflinger and his bosses are sending a clear message: If the Democrats want to succeed, they must include the House provision, or something equally restrictive, on abortion.
Each time a girl opens a book and reads a womanless history,
she learns she is worth less.
– Myra Pollack Sadker
It's Women's History Month! That means we will have even more reason to talk about women: women of the past, present and future.
The woman I'd like to talk about from my past was my mother. I lost her on March 9, 1996, but I can't help remembering her, not just because I loved her so and said farewell to her long before her time, but also because I see her in the mirror every day. (All the cliches are true.) Read more about Women of the Past, Present and Future
Yes, it's true. I'm going to watch this shameless display of male supremacism on Sunday, and you know what? I'm going to enjoy it, too! Read more about Revoke My Feminist Creds: I'm Watching the SuperBowl
The Rt Rev Stephen Venner called for a more sympathetic approach to the Islamic fundamentalists that recognises their humanity.
The conservative pastor who delivered President Barack Obama's inaugural convocation address won't condemn a proposed Ugandan law that punishes homosexual acts with death....
"The fundamental dignity of every person, our right to be free, and the freedom to make moral choices are gifts endowed by God, our creator," Warren remarked. However, it is not my personal calling as a pastor in America to comment or interfere in the political process of other nations."
The State of Texas awaits the jury's decision on his sentence, but even the NYT cared enough about the outcome of the Eldorado, Texas, trial to report the verdict. The jury found him guilty in fewer than four hours. Read more about One Down: Schleicher County Jury Convicts Jessop of Child Rape
Rebecca Musser, an attractive, poised blond in her early 30s who left the sect, testified Jeffs pressured her to marry again soon after the death of her spiritual husband, who was a church leader and Jeffs’ father.
“Within one month of his father’s death, he started marrying his father’s young wives,” Musser said during a hearing out of earshot of the jury.
Then in her mid-20s, she butted heads with Jeffs because she didn’t want to remarry, she testified in the trial of Raymond Merril Jessop, 38, a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.