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Nine years after Katrina, New Orleans’ Voodoo community is rebuilding

Last Friday marked the 9th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the natural disaster that killed almost 2,000 people and displaced 400,000 people, most of them low-income African-Americans and people of color. This tragedy left a hole in the city of New Orleans and exposed the legacy of our country’s at times sickening racism, hurting diverse and rich communities that we rarely hear about in mainstream media.

One of those was the Voodoo or Vodou community. Before Hurricane Katrina hit, there were about 2,500 practitioners in New Orleans. Today, there are closer to 350. 

Last Friday marked the 9th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the natural disaster that killed almost 2,000 people and displaced 400,000 people, most of them low-income African-Americans and people of color. This tragedy left a hole in the ...

Why is the Obama administration still funding anti-gay, anti-choice conservative religious groups?

Over at The Nation, Andy Kopsa has a damning long-read about how the Obama administration is still funding anti-gay, anti-choice conservative religious groups–despite the President’s promises that, under his watch, tax payer money wouldn’t go towards groups that discriminate, proselytize, or are just plain ineffective. 

Over at The Nation, Andy Kopsa has a damning long-read about how the Obama administration is still funding anti-gay, anti-choice conservative religious groups–despite the President’s promises that, under his watch, tax payer money wouldn’t ...

The Mormon Church excommunicates woman for calling Mormon Church sexist

No, this isn’t a headline from The Onion. How does the Mormon Church respond to a woman critical of the Church’s treatment of women? By ex-communicating her. I guess they want to show and not tell.

No, this isn’t a headline from The Onion. How does the Mormon Church respond to a woman critical of the Church’s treatment of women? By ex-communicating her. I guess they want to show and not tell.

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Lifetime’s “Preachers’ Daughters” Shows Everything That is Wrong with Purity Culture

This week, I came home to my sister watching a show On Demand, Preachers’ Daughters, that followed the lives of three different daughters who had one or both parents as pastors. As someone who grew up in a family that regularly attended a Pentecostal church, I was interested in seeing how Lifetime would choose to portray several families that are–presumably–very religious. Fully aware of the many shortfalls of reality TV in regards to sensationalism, sexism, race, etc., I still found myself watching the show long after my sister had left the room. Instead of a series showing different facets of the trials and tribulations teenagers face as the child of a pastor, I found myself watching nearly ...

This week, I came home to my sister watching a show On Demand, Preachers’ Daughters, that followed the lives of three different daughters who had one or both parents as pastors. As someone who ...

“If you were telling the truth about this, God would have kept you conscious to bear witness to the abuse against you.”

Kiera Feldman has a disturbing piece in The New Republic on sexual assault at Patrick Henry College, aka “God’s Harvard,” a tiny elite evangelical school “with an outsized influence as a training ground for the religious right and a pipeline to conservative jobs in Washington.”

The majority of PHC students have been homeschooled in the teachings of the Christian patriarchy movement, in which women are called on to “submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church.” A “main drive behind the founding of PHC,” Feldman reports, “was the demand from homeschooling parents for a college that promoted courtship culture, in which male students ask female students’ fathers ...

Kiera Feldman has a disturbing piece in The New Republic on sexual assault at Patrick Henry College, aka “God’s Harvard,” a tiny elite evangelical school “with an outsized influence as a training ground for the religious right and a ...

Video: 13-year-old calls for marriage equality at his Bar Mitzvah

13-year-old Duncan McAlpine Sennett used the bible to argue for marriage equality. It’s pretty simple: “The definition of traditional marriage has changed a lot since the days of the Torah, so why can’t it change just a little bit more so everybody can marry who they love?” Fabulous question. 

13-year-old Duncan McAlpine Sennett used the bible to argue for marriage equality. It’s pretty simple: “The definition of traditional marriage has changed a lot since the days of the Torah, so why can’t it change just a little ...

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Hard truths and no more lies: talking to boys about violence

This past weekend, I found out what a “THOT” is.

I was invited to speak at Union Baptist Church in Trenton, N.J., for a conference they held to address black youth and violence. Trenton is a city no larger than eight square miles, with a population of around 80,000, and has had more than 30 murders this year. Black children are dying and being exposed to violence at an alarming rate. I’m glad my friend, a youth minister at the church, recognized this and organized this conference.

This past weekend, I found out what a “THOT” is.

I was invited to speak at Union Baptist Church in Trenton, N.J., for a conference they held to address black youth and violence. Trenton is ...

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