The Confusing Gay Landscape - NYTimes.com -
Just when you thought life couldn’t get more stressful, the family decides to visit. At the end of finals week. And get pissed at you for not taking care of all of their plans earlier.
We Are All Nuns - NYTimes.com -
The Vatican issued a stinging reprimand of American nuns this month and ordered a bishop to oversee a makeover of the organization that represents 80 percent of them. In effect, the Vatican accused the nuns of worrying too much about the poor and not enough about abortion and gay marriage.
What Bible did that come from? Jesus in the Gospels repeatedly talks about poverty and social justice, yet never explicitly mentions either abortion or homosexuality. If you look at who has more closely emulated Jesus’s life, Pope Benedict or your average nun, it’s the nun hands down.
Bishops Play Church Queens as Pawns - NYTimes.com -
The pope needs what the rest of us got from nuns: a good rap across the knuckles.
There Are No Atheist in Fox-holes | USU REASON -
Really nice discussion about the experience of an atheist soldier becoming the brunt of the microaggressive phrase, “there are no atheists in foxholes,” and being singled out by his superiors as likely to commit suicide because he identified as atheist.
Is Christian a Religion?: The Cross on Sunrise Rock » Sociological Images -
Scalia’s comments reveal a common phenonemon that we’ve discussed in terms of race and gender, but not yet religion. As Jay Livingston pointed out at MontClair SocioBlog (where I stole this title), one can only think of Christian symbols as non-specific if one things of Christianity as somehow normal, neutral, and for everyone. In the U.S., because Christianity is the dominant religion, many people simply see it as default. You’re Christian unless you’re something else. Something else that marks you as different and specific, Christianity does not.
This is one way that dominance works. It makes itself invisible.