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  1. This poster was put up in the library at Desert Ridge High School in Mesa, Arizona. The writing at the bottom was done by a student. Reads like one of Lori Alexander's flow charts.
  2. http://www.sltrib.com/home/3862919-155/former-child-bride-onetime-polygamous-trust Former child bride Elissa Wall, who was forced to marry her 19-year-old cousin when she was just 14, has settled for $2.75m in the $40m lawsuit she brought against the FLDS trust. Life changing for her; still not sure it's received the publicity it deserved. Not sure how I feel about this outcome. Regardless, I'm glad Elissa is healthy and happy and doesn't have children from that marriage to further complicate things. ETA: I would love to see us have a Quiver Full of Fundamentalist Mormons sub forum. There is so much to talk about, but it does get rather lost in everything else when anything comes up here.
  3. In light of the large number of sexual assaults that have been covered up and subsequently revealed to the media at Baylor University, their president has been demoted, their football coach has been fired, and their athletic director has been sanctioned and placed on probation. https://www.texastribune.org/2016/05/26/baylor-releases-report-handling-sexual-assault-cas/ GOOD. Wish they'd fire them all. Maybe girls at other universities have some hope for justice now, too.
  4. well if this is true it is some fucked up shit. http://gawker.com/men-s-only-harvard-club-says-barring-women-protects-the-1770703379?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link
  5. We can't do what we want to do poor us. We can't discriminate according to our belifs poor us. BALTIMORE (AP) - U.S. Roman Catholic bishops vowed Monday to defend their religious liberty in the face of growing acceptance of gay marriage and what they called attempts by secularists to marginalize faith. Bishop William Lori, leader of a new national religious liberty committee, condemned federal and state policies that he said interfered with the church's ability to provide social services, from health care to immigrant support to international aid. In Illinois, government officials stopped working with Catholic Charities on adoptions and foster-care placements after 40 years because the agency refused to recognize a new civil union law. Illinois bishops had sued the state but on Monday said they would stop the legal fight and no longer provide state-funded services. In New York, the bishops, along with Orthodox Jewish leaders and others, have complained that the religious exception in this year's law allowing gay marriage is too weak to be effective. On the federal level, the bishops have been pressing the Health and Human Services Department during its public comment period for a broader religious exception to part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul that mandates private insurers pay for contraception. "We should not be obliged to provide services or other initiatives that are contrary to our conscience," said Lori, bishop of Bridgeport, Conn. "We don't need the government forcing our hand." Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the bishops are not just reacting to Obama's policies, but to a broader society in a "drive to neuter religion" and "push religion back into the sacristy." "That's a cultural issue that the church has been concerned about forever, not just in the United States," Dolan said. But Dolan said he discussed the church's concerns with Obama when the two men met last week in the Oval Office. The archbishop said Obama was "extraordinarily friendly" and "very ardent" in reassuring Dolan that the administration would look into the problems. "I left there feeling a bit more at peace with this issue than when I entered," Dolan said. Religious freedom was the main focus at the fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which has public sessions through Tuesday. The new religious liberty committee that church leaders formed met for the first time. Anthony Picarello, general counsel for the conference, will oversee that work, which will include hiring a lobbyist and another attorney. Picarello had worked for seven years at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a public-interest law firm based in Washington, and also served on an advisory committee for Obama's Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Bishops hope to persuade federal lawmakers to retain the Defense of Marriage Act, which passed in 1996, and launched a new website called Marriageuniqueforareason.org. Obama has said his administration would no longer defend the law, calling it "counter to the Constitution." Bishops said it was wrong to describe their religious convictions as discrimination. "The church has nothing against compromise, but we can't compromise principle," Dolan said. The bishops are confronting the Health and Human Services Department on another front. The government agency recently decided not to renew a contract held since 2006 by the bishops' refugee services office to help victims of human trafficking. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing to stop the agency from making grants to groups who "impose religiously based restrictions on reproductive health services" for human trafficking victims. The women are often raped and forced into prostitution by their captors. The bishops' conference has called the decision biased against Catholic beliefs. Agency officials vehemently deny any bias and say the sole criteria for evaluating potential grantees was which group could best serve the victims. Administration officials note that the vast network of Catholic social service nonprofits, including the bishops' conference, receives hundreds of millions of dollars in government funding in amounts that have increased in the last couple of years. "We should not be at a disadvantage competing for contracts because we bring certain convictions to the table," Lori said.
  6. I don't know whether or not we had a discussion thread about this. I don't know if it's just where I live, but lately, it's been "cool" in my school for girls to say they hate girls. I often hear them saying "Girls suck, they're sluts" or "Girls make shitty friends, I'd rather hang with guys." Even outside school and around my neighborhood, girls as young as 12-13 have been saying things like this. Granted, I know a number of girls who like to gossip and cause drama, but that is no excuse to blame the thing on the entire women population. Another thing that comes to mind is the Non-Thinking Housewife. I was also thinking, that maybe we're in a culture that teaches us to dislike girls and being a girl. For one, being girly and feminine (not counting fundie culture) is usually connected to being vapid and dumb. Then, there's slut-shaming. There's also the whole "boys are easier to raise than girls" thing. Smart, headstrong girls are usually called bitches, while their male counterparts are respected. So, do you guys have anything to say about the issue?
  7. Well, that douche-waffle Dominique Strauss-Kahn has had the charges against him dropped. Why, you might ask? Well, because the woman he raped dared to lie about something in her life, which of course means that she is available as a male fuck-toy from here on out - consent or not. More proof that you don't have to be a fundie man to have the fundie mindset. As always, Twisty Faster analyzes and snarks the issue more eloquently than I could ever hope to. http://blog.iblamethepatriarchy.com/2011/07/05/same-shit-different-day-part-the-second/ This is the kind of thing that makes me want to go postal. Sexual consent is one of the most misunderstood concepts in society. And for that, I Blame the Patriarchy.
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