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Dear Pope: Check This Out

Dear Pope: Check This Out

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I don’t know if you follow the National Football League in the U.S., but I think you will be interested in this.

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Women’s Work Is Never Done

Women’s Work Is Never Done

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March 8 is International Women’s Day. So I was pleased this past week to be in New York City for events surrounding the 54th Annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Not only is women’s work never done, our agenda continues to expand.

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It Looks Like a Duck, Walks Like a Duck...

It Looks Like a Duck, Walks Like a Duck...

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It seems that we have a really difficult time in our culture calling rape “rape.” Plus we are inclined to give celebrities a free pass when it comes to sexual assault.

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"Don’t Let the Light Go Out . . ."

"Don’t Let the Light Go Out . . ."

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Jews have just completed celebrating Hanukkah, the festival of lights. Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. And we all celebrate the passing of the winter solstice which assures us that, in the northern hemisphere, the days will surely get longer now.

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Life Is Precious

Life Is Precious

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Last week Carolyn Scott Brown, the Director of Educational Resources at FaithTrust Institute, and I went to see the new movie, Precious.

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“The Bible Says . . .”

“The Bible Says . . .”

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“The Bible says I can have sex with my 8-year-old child . . .” “The Bible says I can beat my wife because she is to be subject to me . . .” These and other biblical justifications haunt my consciousness.

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Not Done Yet -- The US Violence Against Women Act Since 1994

Not Done Yet -- The US Violence Against Women Act Since 1994

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This month is the 15th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the U.S.

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The Elders Name Religious Tradition and Practice as Sources of Harm to Women and Girls

The Elders Name Religious Tradition and Practice as Sources of Harm to Women and Girls

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“. . . we believe that the justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a higher authority, is unacceptable.”

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"Bad News for 'Bad Men' . . ."

"Bad News for 'Bad Men' . . ."

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Good news for women. Lavetta Elk, 26, is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe from Wounded Knee, SD. Sgt. Joseph Kopf, an Army recruiter, raped Elk after she inquired about joining the Army. In April, Elk was awarded $600K in damages for the “pain and suffering” she endured. The basis of this verdict was the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868.

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“Where Are We?”

“Where Are We?”

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As I was presenting a workshop recently on how we should challenge the roadblocks which the church can present to battered women and affirm the resources, I noticed one participant was very quiet and reserved.

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Rick Warren’s Teaching

Rick Warren’s Teaching

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Since Rick Warren was invited to give the Invocation at the Presidential Inauguration next week, he has been attracting some attention and scrutiny. Warren is the Senior Pastor at Saddleback Church in California.

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Is the Gospel of “More Sex” Really Good News for All?

Is the Gospel of “More Sex” Really Good News for All?

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So Pastor Ed Young of the Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, got the attention of the media. And his church members. He called for a week of “congregational copulation” to take people’s minds off the economy. Pastor Young has added his blessing to our already highly sexualized culture.

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“Rape and Miniskirts: Déjà vu All Over Again”

“Rape and Miniskirts: Déjà vu All Over Again”

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Let’s begin with the bottom line: lack of modesty in dress doesn’t cause rape. But this doesn’t stop Father Sergio Roman from condemning miniskirts.

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Sex Offenders in Church in Georgia Part 2

Sex Offenders in Church in Georgia Part 2

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In my last blog, I took the position that the Georgia law that criminalizes all volunteer activities in a faith community by registered sex offenders is problematic because it allows the state to determine how we do ministry. Several of you disagreed.

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Sex Offenders in Church in Georgia

Sex Offenders in Church in Georgia

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The state of Georgia is trying to protect its children from sex offenders. To that end it passed legislation in 2006 (updated in 2008) that is viewed as the toughest in the U.S. There is only one problem: the law criminalizes all volunteer activities by registered sex offenders in religious organizations.

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Muslim Rape Victim Punished

Muslim Rape Victim Punished

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International media recently carried the newstory about a Saudi Arabian woman who was gang raped and then sentenced to six months in prison and 200 lashes after she spoke out to protest the lenient sentences given her attackers.

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No Harm, No Foul? Part 1

No Harm, No Foul? Part 1

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Why is professional misconduct wrong? Because someone gets hurt. When any of us in a ministerial or teaching role betrays trust, exploits or abuses, we cause harm to another person.

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Politics, Religion and Rape

Politics, Religion and Rape

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As presidential politics play out, Republican candidate Mike Huckabee has been challenged to answer questions about his involvement in the release of convicted rapist Wayne DuMond after DuMond’s religious “conversion.”

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A Celebration and an Update

A Celebration and an Update

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This month, there was a celebration in Malicounda Bambara, Senegal, of the 10th anniversary of the village’s public declaration to abandon female genital cutting (FGC).

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Where Are These Men? Part 2

Where Are These Men? Part 2

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The Fathers’ Day Poll released by the Family Violence Prevention Fund that I discussed in last week’s blog suggests that the majority of men are aware and concerned about sexual and domestic violence.

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