#todayin: who would have thunk it! Women rare in top positions of religious leadership – @pewresearch

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Not rocket science. But always worth a highlight. From @pewresearch: While many large religious organizations in the United States allow women to be ordained – and to hold leadership positions within the organization – few women have actually served at the very top. We looked at nine major religious organizations in the U.S. that both ordain women and allow them […]

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#research: Women more religiously devout than men, new study finds

#research: Women more religiously devout than men, new study finds… … despite still being excluded from positions of power, influence and leadership in most (all?) religions/ faiths. On the Guardian (emphasis added): Women are more religiously devout than men even though they are excluded from positions of leadership in many faiths and denominations,a new study has found. According to the respected […]

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#womenslives: Modern methods allow the Islamic State to keep up its systematic rape of captives under medieval codes

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Locked inside a room where the only furniture was a bed, the 16-year-old learned to fear the sunset, because nightfall started the countdown to her next rape. During the year she was held by the Islamic State, she spent her days dreading the smell of the ISIS fighter’s breath, the disgusting sounds he made and the pain he inflicted on her body. […]

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Feminists need to learn about religion – @drkristinaune (on @conversationUK)

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It’s an argument. This here feminist (me) is certainly guilty of summarily dismissing all religions (with some grounds, but still…). (Parts of this piece are confusing, at least to me, particularly the section on feminist responses to religion which seems to have missed its point where it starts with “Those who argue…”. In any case, worth posting.) On theconversation.com: Faced with religion, what’s a good feminist to do? Some […]

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“The ideology of these groups is embedded in rigid misogyny and sexism” – Namia Akhtar

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Couldn’t be any plainer. On The Daily Star:  Contemporary terrorist groups like Daesh (ISIS), Boko Haram, Taliban and Al-Qaeda incorporate a political agenda with an ideological twist of Islam, with an interpretation that violates the moral values that Islam preaches. The ideology of these groups is embedded in rigid misogyny and sexism, violating women’s rights, which is alien to the theology […]

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#inhaste: Evangelicals’ support of Trump shouldn’t come as a surprise

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From the LAtimes: “So all that head-scratching isn’t necessary; it should come as little surprise that the candidate of choice for evangelicals so far in this 2016 election season is a twice-divorced, thrice-married billionaire famous for firing people on TV, who belittles the disabled and advocates policies — on immigration, for example, or the environment — utterly at odds with […]

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#todayin: erasure of women: the rebel virgins and desert mothers who have been written out of Christianity’s early history

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Now, here’s some good Sunday reading if ever there was any. Now, whether you buy any of Christianity or not is irrelevant here – think instead of the perspectives of those who do. I. FROM SILK ROBES TO HAIRSHIRTS When Jerome, the Catholic priest and scholar, arrived in Rome in the middle of the fourth century, he discovered a circle of noblewomen living in […]

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Islamophobia is gender violence and a feminist issue (from @FemReligion)

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This is an excellent and important essay exploring the particularly gendered violence of Islamophobia (that is, that anti-muslim violence is disproportionately directed at women) and how Islamophobia is a feminist issue. The case of Larycia Hawkins, an African-American Christian, Associate Professor of political science at Wheaton College in the United States, who published a photo on Christmas day on Facebook wearing a headscarf in […]

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#inhaste: the year we all talked about the Catholic Church (on @newrepublic)

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From newrepublic: In 2015, however, we saw the two genres intersect often in the pages of the country’s most-read publications, much thanks to the larger-than-life presence of Pope Francis. The result was an unusually public debate about the internal workings of the Catholic Church, its ethics and practices, and most crucially its future. But did all that argument—much of it fraught with […]

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Politicking periods (by @Harriet_Burgess/ @5050oD)

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Brilliant, excellent, wonderful, fantastic (seriously!) post by @Harriet_Burgess on opendemocracy about abortion in Ireland and specifically about women in Ireland tweeting Taoiseach Enda Kenny about their periods. The logic behind the move was rational – Kenny is all about telling the women of Ireland what they can and cannot do with their wombs so it makes sense that he would be as concerned with their […]

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#saturdaysatire: Heartwarming Moment 78-Year-Old Celibate Man Forgives Women He’s Never Met

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God bless him (pun totally intended and make no mistake). THIS 78-Year-Old man totally won the internet yesterday with this amazing gesture. Get the tissues ready, it’s a tearjerker. This celibate man named Pope Francis, somehow found the empathy to declare that he wouldn’t want to condemn women he’s never met to a hellish inferno for all eternity even though […]

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