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We don’t have the facilities to accommodate other people. We haven’t got any invitations to black, Muslim events. Of course we are not invited to Jewish events and stuff.

israelfacts:

Despite objections from Israel and the United States, UNESCO granted endangered World Heritage status and critical funding for repairs to the Church of Nativity, the site seen by Christians as Jesus’ birthplace, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Thirteen members of the World Heritage Committee out of twenty one voted in favour of the move at a meeting in St. Petersburg. The decision was met by a standing ovation. (Reuters)

israelfacts:

Despite objections from Israel and the United States, UNESCO granted endangered World Heritage status and critical funding for repairs to the Church of Nativity, the site seen by Christians as Jesus’ birthplace, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Thirteen members of the World Heritage Committee out of twenty one voted in favour of the move at a meeting in St. Petersburg. The decision was met by a standing ovation. (Reuters)

[TW: rape, child abuse]
Declaring that “life must always be protected”, a senior Vatican cleric has defended the Catholic Church’s decision to excommunicate the mother and doctors of a nine-year-old rape victim who had a life-saving abortion in Brazil… The unnamed girl’s mother and doctors were excommunicated for agreeing to Wednesday’s emergency abortion yet the Church has not taken formal steps against the stepfather, who is in custody. Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, the conservative regional archbishop for Pernambuco where the girl was rushed to hospital, has said that the man would not be thrown out of the Church, because although he had allegedly committed “a heinous crime”, the Church took the view that “the abortion, the elimination of an innocent life, was more serious”.

An Open Letter to Bill Frezza

newageamazon:

(In response to this piece on Forbes)

Mr. Frezza, I don’t even know where to begin.

I guess I can start by saying “huh?”  I’m not sure if it was your word-soup of a column or if, in fact, nothing you said made any sense.  Because despite your attempts to do the contrary, all I got out of it was “STOP BEING WHORES AND MAKE BABIES FOR JESUS!”

Though, I do appreciate your allowing homosexuals, transgender people and bisexuals to forgo procreation. But will I need some kind of bisexual ID card in the future if I don’t have children but end up with a male partner?  Just to be sure you approve of my decision not to have children, of course.

You ask Sandra Fluke to show you her furniture in what I can only assume was an attempt at humor.  You also seem to equate “birth control” with “radical feminism” at which point I must ask if you’ve ever in your life used a condom.  A prophylactic, if you’d like. If you have, well then, sir, I would like to welcome you to Team Radical Feminist.

If you haven’t, I’d like to remind you of the number of men who HAVE.  Lots of them.  All the time.  So why aren’t you and your ilk doing your damnedest to attack Trojan?  Or any place that offers free condoms (well, I suppose we can include Planned Parenthood in that, but we both know that’s not why conservatives want it defunded and shut down)  After all, they’re providing men with a way to have consequence free sex, shooting their sperm everywhere they wish without actually risking impregnating a woman.

You try to claim this is all about the family and has nothing to do with misogyny.  That’s obviously not true.  You’re all right with consequence free sex, so long as it’s men that are having it.  Which brings me to this question: who the hell are they going to have their consequence-free sex with?  Each other? 

I notice THAT’S something you don’t address, either.  That these slutty pill-using radical feminists are obviously having sex with someone.  Someone with SPERM.  Who can IMPREGNATE them.

But yet your article doesn’t mention the men having sex with us sluts.  Do you suppose we hunt them down, tie them up and force them to fornicate with us for non-procreative reasons, while they howl in despair “No!  No, I must put a baby in you!”?  No, of course you don’t.  You’re too busy claiming that societal views and expectations of fatherhood have “evolved in symmetry” and that obviously men want to have sex for the making of babies rather than the filthy base reason of PLEASURE.  Especially you upstanding conservative men, none of whom have ever had recreational sex, especially not while committing adultery, possibly with a sex worker…who, you know, would probably be willing to tie you up, if you were into that sort of thing.

Finally: You end your column urging the conservatives to “squeeze a laugh out” of the “radical feminists.”  Look, I already have conservatives wanting to prod my vagina.  I don’t want them squeezing anything while they’re down there, okay?

New Hampshire House Votes to Strip Women of Contraceptive Coverage Rights

liquidiousfleshbag:

Since 2000, New Hampshire has had a contraceptive equity law. This law ensures that all insurance plans cover FDA approved contraceptives to the same extent as other prescriptions. The law also ensures that consultations, examinations, and medical services related to contraception provided on an outpatient basis are covered to the same extent as other outpatient services. New Hampshire’s contraceptive equity law was passed with bipartisan support by a Republican legislature and a Democratic governor. It was enacted without a religious employer exemption—a measure that even religious leaders did not protest at the time. And, in the past twelve years, there has been no attempt to challenge or amend the law…until now.

Yesterday, the New Hampshire House said “yes” to a measure that will greatly undermine women’s access to preventative care by adding a religious employer exemption to the state’s contraceptive equity law. And to add insult to injury, the proposed exemption is extremely broad and undefined. It would allow any employer to remove a woman’s existing contraceptive coverage if the employer has a religious objection to contraception. Yes, that’s right. This exemption would extend beyond even religiously affiliated employers to include ANY employer who might not agree with the use of contraceptives. Such a large loophole would even allow a car dealership owner to strip an employee of the contraceptive coverage she’s relied on for over a decade simply because the owner has a problem with that employee taking control of her reproductive life.


A medieval monument to religious pluralism, hidden in the mountains of Afghanistan
What’s remarkable is that the writing on the minaret and  archaeological remains nearby strongly suggest that the city harbored a  population of Muslims, Christians and Jews. Writing on the minaret is a  detailed transcription from the Koran that celebrates the life of Mary,  mother of Jesus, highlighting the connections between Islam and other  religions. Nearby there is a Jewish graveyard, which is another hint  that people of different religions were living peacefully together.

A medieval monument to religious pluralism, hidden in the mountains of Afghanistan

What’s remarkable is that the writing on the minaret and archaeological remains nearby strongly suggest that the city harbored a population of Muslims, Christians and Jews. Writing on the minaret is a detailed transcription from the Koran that celebrates the life of Mary, mother of Jesus, highlighting the connections between Islam and other religions. Nearby there is a Jewish graveyard, which is another hint that people of different religions were living peacefully together.

latimes:

As ultra-Orthodox flex muscle, Israel feminists see a backsliding: Women who thought Israel’s battle for gender equality was mostly won warn of a new assault from the fast-growing ultra-Orthodox, seeking to expand religious-based segregation into the public realm.
Photo:  An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks past a vandalized poster in Jerusalem. Images of women have been vanishing from the streets of the city. Credit: Sebastian Scheiner / Associated Press

latimes:

As ultra-Orthodox flex muscle, Israel feminists see a backsliding: Women who thought Israel’s battle for gender equality was mostly won warn of a new assault from the fast-growing ultra-Orthodox, seeking to expand religious-based segregation into the public realm.

Photo: An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks past a vandalized poster in Jerusalem. Images of women have been vanishing from the streets of the city. Credit: Sebastian Scheiner / Associated Press