Women and Religion.

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I caught a bit of Wafa Sultan on The Brian Lehrer Show yesterday morning. Sultan has capitalized on her 2006 YouTube rant against Islam and it’s treatment of women by writing a new book, called “A God Who Hates.”


In the Womb.

I’m going to hope that, unless you grew up in my hometown,* you never had to deal with the frustrating experience of having scripture quoted back at you in response to everything you said. I know I have probably seemed in previous posts as though I hate religion, but I think The Bible has its [...]

Opting Out of Providing Care.

Despite the fact that most Americans might hope that Bush lays low in the final days of his historically unpopular presidency, he’s decided to try to push through at least one last-minute agenda: a plan that would allow health care providers to refuse to perform abortions and other procedures they object to on moral or [...]

Where Wright May Be Right

Okay, so the AIDS thing is a little off the deep end (though I understand where the fear comes from), but I will say this: Rev. Jeremiah Wright is right about a lot of things.

Among them is that recent attacks on him are really attacks on the black church as an institution. That’s [...]

Obama to Give Speech on Race, Wright.

Barack Obama and Reverend Wright.

Via Ben Smith:

Barack Obama will give a major speech on “the larger issue of race in this campaign,” he told reporters in Monaca, PA just now.

He was pressed there, as he has been at recent appearances, on statements by his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

“I [...]

Bridging the Divide: The Black Jews of Far Southwest Chicago.

(Sally Ryan/The New York Times)

Niko Koppel* authored a pretty dope article in the NYT spotlighting the work of Capers C. Funnye, Jr., the rabbi of the 200-member Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in Far Southeast Chicago, which is made up predominantly of black Jews.

(Nah, not the weird [...]