Category Archives: Christianity in the Public Square

Faith Leaders Seek Safe Abortion for Rape Victims in Conflict Zones

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Religious leaders to Obama: Clarify or repeal the Helms Amendment–It’s a matter of compassion! During violent unrest that followed Kenya’s 2007 election, Jaqueline Mutere, a widowed community organizer and mother of four, was raped. For women caught in conflict zones or … Continue reading

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Uncoupling: Why the Right Feels Threatened by Consent, Queers, Contraceptives, and Child Protection

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The conservative Christian obsession with sex and procreation can be traced back to a single Iron Age gender script. Stories of patriarchal Christian leaders groping, fondling, masturbating on or otherwise harassing or assaulting women—and having clandestine sex with men–seem to … Continue reading

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The Making of an Anti-Theist Mom

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What makes a Seattle mother spend her days trying to chip away at Bible belief rather than digging holes in the garden? When my husband sent me the Pew Report news that the percent of Americans who call themselves Christian … Continue reading

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American Family Association Posts then Deletes Explicit Theocratic Aspirations

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Did a recent graphic by the anti-gay, pro-religious-freedom American Family Association make their intentions a little too clear? The American Family Association (AFA) proudly describes itself as one of the largest and most effective “pro-family” organizations in the United States. … Continue reading

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Conservative Christians Pass the Plate for Anti-Gay Indiana Pizza Parlor, Raise $800,000 in Two Days

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When Crystal O’Connor, the owner of an Indiana pizza parlor said she wouldn’t cater a gay wedding because she is a Christian, the story went viral. Not surprisingly, one immediate response was laughter: “What gay couple would have pizza catered … Continue reading

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Children as Chattel–The Common Root of Religious Child Abuse and the Pro-Life Movement

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On the surface, valuing embryonic life and abusing children are at odds, but with a biblical view of childhood, these positions can go hand in hand. Why do the same people who fight against abortion argue that parents should have … Continue reading

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Moderate Christians Condemn Hate Mail and Threats against Military Religious Freedom Foundation

Shocked by hate mail to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Christians apologize, pray, say ‘not in our name—or the name of Jesus.’ After years of receiving graphic hate mail and threats laced through with Bible verses—including wishes that her children … Continue reading

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