Sex, Slavery and the Black Body Count–An Interview with Theologian Kelly Brown Douglas

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“You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.” So said white supremacist Dylann Roof to black members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston as he systematically executed nine, leaving one woman and a … Continue reading

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Simple Intervention Cuts Unplanned Pregnancy by Half

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A single half-day training that teaches medical clinics how to provide better birth control can radically improve outcomes for patients, cutting unplanned pregnancies by half according to research published in the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet. Better Birth Control Improvements … Continue reading

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Churches Get Creepy Facial Recognition Software to Track Members

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If selling afterlife perks is your business, then getting people to believe, attend and give “voluntarily” is the whole game. Churches just got a new way to figure out who is sleeping in on Sunday morning: facial recognition software that … Continue reading

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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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Not Choice but Choices: An Interview with Abortion Counselor and Advocate Charlotte Taft

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“We focus on abortion as if that were the conversation, but we have been bamboozled into putting our focus there.” When you think about abortion, what comes to mind? A woman’s right? The Religious Right? Feminists, or fetal photography, or … Continue reading

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The God Debate

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On May 20 I participated in a four person debate about the existence of God at Western Washington University. On the ‘yes’ side were Mike Raschko and Mark Markuly from the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. On … Continue reading

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