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Purity Culture as Rape Culture: Why the Theological Is Political

Relationship guides and purity pledges are a cottage industry in evangelicalism, but the influence reaches far beyond just evangelicals.

By failing to equip women to understand their own agency and bodily autonomy, the evangelical purity movement creates an environment that is ripe for rape.

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Hate Crimes Rise as Homophobia Spreads Across Africa

Hate crimes against homosexuals are connected to the political, social and legal environment in which they live. And in Africa religious groups are talking about morals but simultaneously stirring hatred directly leading to violence against homosexuals.

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Catholics, Evangelicals Pledge to Ignore Gay Rights and Abortion Laws

Human rights advocates stated that a pledge signed last Friday by religious leaders that they won’t abide by laws supporting gay marriage or abortion “perpetuates the fallacy that equality and religious liberty are incompatible and that civil rights are another burden on religious people.”

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Human Beings are Moral Actors

Personal choices always involve morality.

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Sex-Positive Evangelicals? Oh, Yes

Despite a strain of “sin or not?” nit-picking, sex advice on Christian websites often emphasizes female pleasure and benefits of healthy sexuality.

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Caveat Emptor: Roe v. Wade at 36

A new, shiny packaged document promoting “common ground” between the pro- and anti-choice movements is missing something critical: abortion. It’s an important concept to discuss on the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

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On The Betrayal of King’s Legacy and Culture Wars, A Reverend Speaks Out

Unlike the recent document claiming reconciliation between evangelicals and progressives the only way democracy has ever been expanded in the US, according to the Rev. Sekou, is by the defeat of conservative evangelical positions.

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Can Common Ground Prevail?

When it comes to the abortion conflict in the U.S. a fascinating new consensus is emerging: the need for common ground. And while the common ground movement has yet to formalize there are signs of its potency, to be sure.

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Roundup: Young Evangelicals Support Cizik; Texas Governor Supports Anti-Choice License Plates

Texas Governor supports anti-choice license plates; young evangelicals support Richard Cizik; Illinois Supreme Court will hear pharmacists wanting to refuse to provide emergency contraception; opposition to Warren evidence of a “homosexual desire to silence the church,” says Tony Perkins.

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The Obamagelical Revolution

The surge of Evangelical support for Obama reflects stunning changes among voters who have traditionally voted for the most right-wing of Republicans. Are these culture warriors laying down their swords?

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