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For Michigan Senate Republicans, Bullying is Wrong…Unless It’s in the Name of Religion

Following in the footsteps of 45 other states, Michigan was poised to adopt legislation that would require schools to develop an anti-bullying policy. At the last minute, however, language was added to the bill that places LGBTQ students in more danger instead of less: a specific allowance for bullying that is done in the name of religious belief.

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When Church Becomes State

Why does the religious right demand government interference in matters of sexuality and yet eagerly block government involvement in matters of welfare? By eliminating government assistance, they hope to force the public to turn to the church.

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Pam Spaulding: Arizona Pastor Calls for Violence Against Gays, Congressman, President

Pam Spaulding of Pam’s House Blend reports on an Arizona Pastor who spews hatred toward–and even calls for killing of citizens, congressman and the president–from his pulpit, all while taking those nice tax exemptions.

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Jill Stanek Doesn’t Want to Prevent Abortions

Steven Waldman proposes the following hypothetical situation: more premarital sex and fewer abortions. Would pro-lifers accept this trade-off?

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Interpretations of Islamic Law Deny Women Choice in Indonesia and Malaysia

In most Muslim-majority countries, abortion is generally prohibited with exceptions made where the health of the mother is at risk, but doctors often aren’t aware of the legal exceptions.

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Roundup: Sundown for Colorado Fundamentalists, TV and Teen Pregnancy

The sun may be setting on the political influence of fundamentalist churches; Study finds significant link between TV and teen pregnancy; 43% of women report sexual problems; 13 year-old rape victim stoned to death in Somalia for adultery; John Chittick walks the world speaking with teens about HIV/AIDS.

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Huckabee’s Signature Tells Women to “Submit”

Mike Huckabee, a leading contender for the Republican party’s presidential endorsement, signed a 1998 statement urging wives to “graciously submit to their husband’s sacrificial leadership.”

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Reclaiming Religion

The 4th Asian Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights threw open doors to the various forms of religious intimidation used to hold women down by the chains of culture, belief and honor.

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