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Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Newspaper Edits Female World Leaders Out of Charlie Hebdo March

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Newspaper Edits Female World Leaders Out of Charlie Hebdo March | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
Yesterday's historic march across Paris included over 40 world leaders expressing solidarity for France after the Charlie Hebdo massacre., but if you read Haredi newspaper Precursor, you'd believe that none of them were women.
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Church of England Breaks Tradition, Appoints First Woman Bishop

Church of England Breaks Tradition, Appoints First Woman Bishop | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it

The Church of England appointed its first ever female bishop on Wednesday, overturning centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over the issue.


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The Meditations of Europe's Last Brewmaster Nun

The Meditations of Europe's Last Brewmaster Nun | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
For 45 years, Sister Doris Engelhard has dedicated her life to God and beer.
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America's Forgotten First Witch

America's Forgotten First Witch | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
Almost half a century before the Salem Witch Trials, the Colony of Connecticut executed the first person accused of witchcraft in America. This was a victim named Alse Younge about whom nearly nothing is known except her dubious place in history as a macabre footnote.
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No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and

No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it

No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and pretend it’s about your ‘religious freedom.’ If you don’t like birth control, don’t use it. Religious freedom doesn’t mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs.


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When Evangelicalism Makes Things Easy For Sexual Offenders – and Hard for Their Victims

When Evangelicalism Makes Things Easy For Sexual Offenders – and Hard for Their Victims | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy Feminism

Evangelical teachings on repentance and forgiveness create a tremendous problem when it comes to rape or other forms of abuse. If you commit a sin and repent of it, God forgives you. I remember hearing Psalm 103:12 quoted constantly: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Of course, this was always said in a positive way—isn’t it awesome that God forgives us no matter what? But it doesn’t must mean God forgives us. It also means God forgives rapists, child molesters, and so on—fully and completely.
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Kola Boof on Spirituality

Kola Boof on Spirituality | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it

Kola Boof, a woman of controversy ~ author, activist, mother, harlot, opportunist, poet, womanist.


Kola graces us with a rare interview, which offers insights into a spiritual woman, something often not seen in this woman with such a sensational life story...

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Christian Doctor On Why He Performs Abortions: ‘I Came To A Deeper Understanding Of My Spirituality’

Christian Doctor On Why He Performs Abortions: ‘I Came To A Deeper Understanding Of My Spirituality’ | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
Dr. Willie Parker didn't perform abortions for the first 12 years of his practice. But then he changed his mind because of his faith.
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Sudanese woman who is eight-months pregnant to be flogged to death

Sudanese woman who is eight-months pregnant to be flogged to death | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
A pregnant woman in Khartoum, Sudan faces execution for ‘leaving Islam’ according to laws set down by the country's president Omar al-Bashir (pictured).

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malek's comment, May 15, 2014 3:21 PM
true, the usual suspects have their usual victims
Deb Bailey's comment, May 15, 2014 3:56 PM
Yes. Very well said.
M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, May 15, 2014 7:50 PM

"Leaving Islam" punishable by death in Sudan. This guy looks miserable..

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Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say

Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
The test results do not prove that Jesus had a wife, only that the fragment of papyrus with the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife,’” is most likely not a forgery.
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SARAH SILVERMAN IS VISITED BY JESUS CHRIST - YouTube

Jesus Christ visits Sarah Silverman to discuss women's reproductive rights. For more information on how you can get involved, visit http://www.ladypartsjusti...
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The Real Reason Evangelical Christians Are Trying to Thwart Women's Right to Birth Control

The Real Reason Evangelical Christians Are Trying to Thwart Women's Right to Birth Control | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
By ROB SHRYOCK

When did politics enter the evangelical birth control debate?


"... a 1968 document produced at an evangelical conference co-sponsored by Christianity Today and the Christian Medical and Dental Association that said, “Whether the performance of an induced abortion is sinful we are not agreed, but about the necessity of it and permissibility for it under certain circumstances we are in accord. … When principles conflict, the preservation of fetal life ... may have to be abandoned to maintain full and secure family life."


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The Inscrutable Madame Blavatsky: An Interview with Gary Lachman

The Inscrutable Madame Blavatsky: An Interview with Gary Lachman | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it

Helena Petrovna von Hahn was born in 1831 into a family of the lower Russian nobility. Around her eighteenth year, she fled a brief and unconsummated marriage to an older man, Nikifor Blavatsky, and embarked on what by all accounts was a twenty-odd-year-long global quest for secret knowledge, triggered by her reading of her great-grandfather’s occult library and her own mystical experiences. During this time, she said, she met her Master Morya in London, who charged her with a mission: to reach Tibet, where she would be tutored in the control of her psychic abilities. She surfaced in New York City in 1873, where she lived in a woman’s cooperative on the Lower East Side. A meeting with Colonel Henry Steel Olcott led to a lifelong Platonic relationship, and in 1875, she, Olcott, and William Quan Judge founded the Theosophical Society. The rest is history.

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An interview with Gary Lachman, part of the band Blondie and author of Madame Blavatsky: The Mother of Modern Spirituality, a biography of the pioneering nineteenth-century spiritual figure H.P. Blavatsky (also known as HPB).


Book here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0087GJNX4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0087GJNX4&linkCode=as2&tag=glamkitllc-20

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An interview with Gary Lachman, part of the band Blondie and author of Madame Blavatsky: The Mother of Modern Spirituality, a biography of the pioneering nineteenth-century spiritual figure H.P. Blavatsky (also known as HPB).


Book here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0087GJNX4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0087GJNX4&linkCode=as2&tag=glamkitllc-20

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Servant of God, or Prostitute?

Servant of God, or Prostitute? | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it

The Devadasi, a centuries-old caste of sacred temple priestesses, struggles to have it's own renaissance. One woman leads the way...

 

The origins of the practice are often disputed, but historians agree that in India by the 10th century this caste of sacred temple servants enjoyed great wealth & property as signs of respect & clout.

 

Considered married to the Hindu deities, the Devadasi were talented dancers, singers & even viewed as political advisors. At the core of Devadasi faith is the belief all men are incarnations of the male deities & so in addition to performing sacred temple ceremonies, Devadasis offered sexual services. In the act of making love, a man & a Devadasi enact the sacred marriage of god & goddess which therefore allows them to become divine themselves.


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History of the Yoni in World Faith

History of the Yoni in World Faith | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it

Although we do have hard and clear evidence - archeologically speaking - that the veneration of women, of the yoni, and of Goddesses have been the primal and primary form of religion around the globe, it has been the East - specifically ancient India with its Tantric teachings - where this seems to have found its most exalted and open expression.


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Also addresses this important question: Simply put, how can a woman raised in a culture that diminishes the value of and beauty of women's genitals try to move past those negative self-thoughts?

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The words of God do not justify cruelty to women

The words of God do not justify cruelty to women | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
Discrimination and abuse wrongly backed by doctrine are damaging society, argues former US president Jimmy Carter

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One of the few times I will say "Amen".

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 27, 2013 2:05 PM

One of the few times I will say "Amen".

Jennifer Boyd's curator insight, December 15, 2013 10:17 PM

These are not the words of God; they are the words of men with an agenda.

 

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In 1913, She Told Him They Couldn't Be Together. 100 Years Later, THIS Was Just Discovered.

In 1913, She Told Him They Couldn't Be Together. 100 Years Later, THIS Was Just Discovered. | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it

While searching through the attic of his father’s house, a son came across boxes of old items. The most interesting were piles of love letters sent from a man named Max. From 1913-1978, Max and Pearle wrote each other. All his letters begin with “My Sweet Pearle” and end with “Forever yours, Max”. These letters were supposed to have been burned when Pearle passed away in 1980, but the family didn’t honor those wishes, and one of the greatest love stories began to unfold.

In 1911, a woman named Pearle Schwarz met a man named Maxwell Savelle at the Country Club. They fell madly in love. Unfortunately, Maxwell would not convert to Judaism (his parents were Southern Baptists) and so they could not be together. They went their separate ways – Maxwell went into the Navy and Pearle continued to pine for him until she died. She never let go.

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Wolves in Lamb's Clothing: Redeeming the Images of Catherine of Siena and Angela of Foligno

Wolves in Lamb's Clothing: Redeeming the Images of Catherine of Siena and Angela of Foligno | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it

Blessed Angela of Foligno (1248 – 1309), a Franciscan tertiary, and Saint Catherine of Siena (1347 – 1380), a Dominican tertiary. They were Catholic holy women from medieval Italy.


These two women had mystical visions and practiced extreme mortification. While such behaviors may seem strange and somewhat detrimental to the modern feminist scholar, we must examine these behaviors from the context of the time period of Angela and Catherine. This paper will attempt to contextualize the actions and texts of both women, to show that though they appear on the surface to be the submissive ‘lambs’ of the Church which today’s feminists vilify, underneath the ‘lamb’s clothing’ of orthodoxy they are more akin to the ‘wolves’ contemporary feminists are seeking for inspiration. Angela and Catherine submitted to the Church by practicing imitatio Christi, becoming part of official orders as tertiaries and revealing their actions and visions to confessors.


In their behavior and writings, both women supported the ideals of the Church. This conformity allowed Angela and Catherine to avoid charges of heresy and to carve out a space for themselves within the Catholic Church. However, both women threatened to cross the line into heterodoxy with their critiques of the Church and the extreme degree to which they took their asceticism. In addition to their sanctity amongst the laity, both women were able to usurp some of the Church’s spiritual authority through their actions and texts. Thus, though both women wore the ‘lamb’s clothing’ of conformity, they were ‘wolves’ underneath.

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Article has link to PDF of paper.

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Cranmer: Should Christians be feminists?

Cranmer: Should Christians be feminists? | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it

Last week the delightful Vicky Beeching tweeted something about receiving abuse for having the audacity to advocate a feminist theological stance. His Grace pitched in, asking: "Who are these infallible zealots declaring that one may not be both feminist and Christian? Do they have idea of the meaning of either term?" This brought further censure and derision upon his own head. Perhaps a little clarification is required...

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Women of the Wall denied access to Kotel

Women of the Wall denied access to Kotel | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it

Thousands of young seminary girls crowd women’s section, prompting police to prevent entry of prayer activists.

 

Several hundred members of the Women of the Wall feminist prayer group were blocked from entering the women’s section of the Western Wall on Monday morning, with police saying the move was due to thousands of young Orthodox girls who had taken over the site. It was the first time in the group’s 25-year history that it was denied access to the women’s section for its monthly prayer session, Haaretz reported.

 

Police said that between 5,000 and 7,000 seminary girls had thronged the women’s area, on orders from their religious leadership, in order to deny access to the Women of the Wall. In addition, police said, about 1,000 ultra-Orthodox male protesters were in the Western Wall plaza seeking to disrupt the controversial prayer service, which is held by the Women of the Wall at the start of each new month (Rosh Chodesh).

 

Women of the Wall have increased their public profile this year after a series of confrontations at the Wall and subsequent legal rulings in their favor. The group, according to its website, seeks “the right, as women, to wear prayer shawls, pray and read from the Torah collectively and out loud at the Western Wall,” an objective that is vehemently opposed by the ultra-Orthodox.

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Christian Pastor: Feminists Really Just Want a Man to Put Them in Their Place

Christian Pastor: Feminists Really Just Want a Man to Put Them in Their Place | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it

When it comes to authority, there is no equality. You say, “How does your home run?” A dictatorship. Any questions? It’s a monarchy, okay? Mono. One boss. Okay? That’s how my home is run. That’s how every biblical home is run, by the way, okay? And you say, “Oh, your wife must hate you!” No, women love that. Because they were born to fill that role. Just like I was born to be the husband and the leader, my wife was born to be the wife and to be submissive and subject to me. And she’s gonna be most happier doing what God created her to do, just like I’m going to be most happy doing what God created me to do!

 

And, you know, you say, “Well, that’s not true, because I talk to all these women that are just, you know, they just want to be a feminist and stuff…” You know what? Here’s what I’ve found over the years: The women who are screaming the loudest that they want to be a feminist and that they don’t want a man telling them what to do, on the inside, are really screaming the loudest, please tell me what to do. Please put me in my place. And, you know what? If you don’t believe that? You’re just ignorant. It’s that simple.

 

And, yeah, I’m sure that there are some reprobate lesbians out there that have a different view. But let me tell you something: A normal woman, on the inside, wants to follow a leader. She wants to follow a husband. She wants a man there that she can look up to, not look down on…

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Women to blame for earthquakes, says Iran cleric

Women to blame for earthquakes, says Iran cleric | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
Women behaving promiscuously are causing the earth to shake, according to cleric, as Ahmadinejad predicts Tehran quake

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