The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said on Monday that a Mormon women's group calling on the church to accept female ordination will not be allowed to protest on temple property during a church conference in April.
Ordain Women, a group of LDS Women that describes itself as "a space for Mormon women to articulate issues of gender inequality" with the goal of publicly calling "attention to the need for the ordination of Mormon women to the priesthood," is organizing the Salt Lake City protest on April 5, an event the group also sponsored last year.
The church announced their decision in a statement, arguing that "activist events like this detract from the sacred environment of Temple Square and the spirit of harmony sought at General Conference. Please reconsider." more >>
BAGHDAD — Human rights groups have condemned an Iraqi bill that would permit girls younger than nine from the country's majority Shiite population to marry.
"Passage of the Jaafari law would be a disastrous and discriminatory step backward for Iraq's women and girls," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, in a statement. "This personal status law would only entrench Iraq's divisions while the government claims to support equal rights for all."
Known as the Jaafari Personal Status Law, the bill was approved by Iraq's Council of Ministers on Feb. 25, and would permit girls to marry, with their father being the only authority who could approve or deny the partnership. The proposed legislation would affect the country's Shiite population, which makes up between 65 and 70 percent of the country's 32 million people. more >>
A Michigan pastor has criticized Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit edition for sexually degrading women and promoting unrealistic and unhealthy appearance expectations.
Laurie Haller, a United Methodist minister in Birmingham, Mich., and 33-year subscriber of SI lambasted the magazine for promoting "women as sexual objects and reinforcing stereotypes of beauty."
"This attitude not only does not contribute to the health and welfare of girls and women, but it condones and even encourages men and boys to treat women as mere instruments of sexual pleasure," wrote Haller on her blog last month. more >>
Rave Ministries, an organization focused on teenage girls, will launch AprilRAVES next month, a 30-day challenge to commit to giving hand-written notes of encouragement to others.
Following the success of the ministry's "No Makeup November" campaign that attracted thousands to participate last year, the group of young women behind Rave wants to continue building a community of supportive girls. Their intent is to motivate one another amid the negativity they are exposed to through social media.
"We decided to make this campaign about writing notes because written words have extreme power. You can re-read them over and over again. On days when life is horrible and you feel all alone, you can pick up notes and read them and be reminded that the Lord made you for a purpose and someone noticed that," Becca Daniel, leader of the organization, told The Christian Post. more >>
Author Camille Paglia, a self-described "notorious Amazon feminist," recently said about today's gender-bending days "What you're seeing is how a civilization commits suicide" (referring to the demonization of men by aggressive feminism). She added that today's generation has "no models of manhood." It appears that the emotional lava flowing out of the volcanic reaction to broken male culture in the '60s is turning from bright orange to a hardened and desolate landscape of ash. The gender scenery is shifting again.
Our generation has seen monumental shifts in the roles men and women play. Television shows like "Father Know Best" exemplified a seemingly simpler era when men brought home the bacon for the women to fry it up in a pan. Along the way, a rise in feminism gave women opportunity, while seriously jeopardizing their feminine soul with illusions that they could better men than actual men. The collateral damage of this gender-bending experiment was that the nation's family unit has suffered, millions of children being raised without dads, men in retreat, and a titanic void of positive male role models.
We're living in a new masculinity age, that ironically, needs the best of old-fashioned male culture while jettisoning the thinking and behaviors that caused so many women and children to suffer for centuries. Men today have both a massive opportunity and a daunting challenge of picking up the slack for decades of retreat and withdrawal at a every level of relationship. The self-serving features of alpha male have been rejected. The over-soft and sensitive features of omega male created by feminism is now annoying to women. The hunt is on for a new blend of tough and tender, committed but compassionate, relational and rugged. Where's the model for that guy? more >>
The only thing remotely religious about the Project ROSE program that seeks to rehabilitate sex workers in Arizona is that it is hosted by the Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix. It is also completely voluntary.
Recent media reports on the three year old project that was conceived through a partnership between the Arizona State University School of Social Work, the Phoenix Police Department and a number of other public and private agencies, however, have painted a different picture.
"Project ROSE is a Phoenix city program that arrests sex workers in the name of saving them. In five two-day stings, more than 100 police officers targeted alleged sex workers on the street and online," charged a VICE report. more >>