Bans on conversion therapy for gay and lesbian youth have been taking place in many locales, and this week, Canada’s largest province went further by including trans* youth as well. Adults can still choose to seek treatment, but they can’t bill Ontario’s public health insurance plan (OHIP) for it. Or as far right spokespeople are … Continue reading The Tyranny of Banning Reparative Therapy
Legislators in North Carolina are pushing a bill that would allow magistrates to refuse to marry couples on religious grounds. This touched a nerve for one couple who, in 1976, had been previously denied a marriage license on the grounds of magistrates’ religious beliefs. In The News & Observer, Carol Ann Person explains: “So why … Continue reading Wedding Blues
A brief follow-up to an earlier post, care of Raw Story: “The Islamic Community Center of Phoenix said it was hosting a gathering that includes a multi-faith prayer service and speakers to “show that when one of us is mistreated, our community responds with a message of Love and Not Hate…” Some 200 people showed … Continue reading Follow-up: Anti-Muslim Demonstration in Phoenix
“Coinciding interest opportunism” refers to the growing convergence between far right religious fundamentalism, corporate-fixated neoliberal market fundamentalism, historically revisionist nationalism, and other extremist ideologies in a way that is meant to coincide, co-opt and manipulate each other, either due to common interest or cynical power-building. In a weird example of coinciding interest opportunism, the anti-abortion … Continue reading The freedom to discriminate, but not the freedom to be a socialist.
In an interview with the American Family Association’s media arm OneNewsNow, the head of the Center for Family & Human Rights (C-FAM), Austin Ruse warns that if international charities are required to play nice with LGBT people, the poor and needy are going to be left to fend for themselves: “According to Ruse, the impact … Continue reading “Or the Charitable Work Gets It”
A Unitarian minister has been arrested for refusing to marry a same sex couple, in Alabama. No, wait, that’s not right: for wanting to marry a same sex couple. From Think Progress: “In February, the Rev. Anne Susan DiPrizio, a Unitarian minister offered to marry a lesbian couple at the Autauga County Probate Office after … Continue reading The Arrests Have Begun?
The freedom to deny others their freedoms and dignity is just hypocrisy. This site supports freedoms — religious or otherwise — but not to the point where those freedoms negatively impact the freedoms of others. No position is taken on religions themselves, but with specific tenets, claims or interpretations that do harm to others. Consequently, … Continue reading Position & Moderation Policy
Can you imagine the furor if armed Muslims started surrounding churches before services were to begin? The Washington Post reports: “About 250 mostly armed anti-Muslim demonstrators — many wearing T-shirts bearing a profanity-laced message denouncing Islam — faced-off against a roughly equally sized crowd defending the faith in front of a Phoenix mosque Friday night. … Continue reading Hundreds of Anti-Muslim Demonstrators Surround Phoenix Mosque