Sunday news roundup

Some religion, gender, and sexuality news from the past week:

Freedom for Christian Women Coalition calls on Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood to apologize for harmful teachings of female submission.

Argentina legalizes gay marriage despite opposition from Catholic leadership.

A federal judge upheld Eastern Michigan University’s decision to expel a Christian student in their counseling program who refused to work with gay patients.

In a similar case, a Christian student at Augusta State University’s school of counseling has alleged that she was threatened with expulsion because of her religious views on homosexuality, and is filing suit against the school. Jennifer Keeton claims she was ordered to take sensitivity training or face expulsion after she stated in class that homosexuality is an immoral lifestyle choice.  More on these two cases in a future post!

Phillis Schafly claims President Obama is “subsidizing” illegitimate babies to increase his voter base. Great commentary from Robin Marty at RH Reality Check: “Remember, these are the people who fight against birth control, and say that there should be no access to abortion. Oddly enough, it doesn’t look like they want people to have babies, either.”

Encouraging news:  New poll from Public Religion Research Institute finds slight majority of Californians support marriage equality. Latino Catholics were the most supportive out of religious groups of gay marriage (57%), followed by white mainline Protestants and white Catholics (54% and 51%)  Latino Protestants were much less likely than Latino Catholics to approve of marriage equality (22%).

Anne Rice Quits Christians, Still Dates Jesus. More at Huffington Post: “In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control . . . In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.”

I think we’ll see a lot more Christians making this choice in the future (and many already have).  I have a lot of respect for progressives who work for change within the institution of the church, and I think their work is tremendously important.  But for some people remaining in the church feels tantamount to endorsing oppressive doctrines and discrimination, and working for change outside the church seems a more coherent option.

5 Comments

  1. Gah, somehow I submitted before I was finished… [I took the liberty of editing your comments together - Grace ]

    The prop 8 court decision will be released tomorrow. I’m looking forward to what Judge Walker has to say in the ruling, not just the actual ruling itself. From what I’ve read the defense was pretty weak, being mostly “it isn’t natural” and “it’ll destroy marriage, even tho we have no proof and by definition is actually the exact opposite.”

    • Hi mb, thanks for the comment, and welcome to the blog!

      It’s also my understanding that the defense’s case in the Prop 8 case was incredibly weak, and that the plaintiffs’ lawyers got most of the ‘experts’ the defense brought in to admit on the stand that not allowing gay marriage is discrimination. Should be an interesting ruling, for sure.

  2. http://firedoglake.com/2010/08/04/breaking-prop-8-overturned/

    Vaughn Walker rules: “Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license.”

    “The state does not have an interest in enforcing private moral or religious beliefs without an accompanying secular purpose.”

    !!!

    • Very exciting! I’m really impressed with the bits I’ve read of the ruling so far, Judge Walker (and his clerks!) obviously put a lot of work and thought into it.

  3. I hate to balance good with bad, but here’s another piece of news I came across today:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6733BS20100804