muslim

The Realities of Being a Secular Muslim in the Modern World

Religion and spirituality are incredibly personal, human endeavors; a way to make sense of our surroundings, of our communities and the global tragedies that occur.

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religiosity

It’s Time to Destroy the Religiosity Scale

A few days ago and for the first time in the eleven years that I have been wearing hijab, I went out without it. I

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Women beyond belief

Women Beyond Belief – A Book Review

In 2014, Hobby Lobby fought to exclude certain types of birth control coverage for women based on a religious belief that women shouldn’t have it.

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Exposing Accelerated Christian Education: An Interview with Jonny Scaramanga

A Reddit user, Trinaaz, recently posted an image from his niece’s school textbook. It says marriage should be a heterosexual union between a leader of the

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religious freedom

Religious Freedom for the Religious Left

On August 4th, a judge threw out a lawsuit filed by the Satanic Temple seeking religious exemption from Missouri’s 72-hour abortion waiting period. The Satanic

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christian

Christian Privilege: Personal Edition

I came out as an atheist on Openly Secular Day last April. It’s been nice to finally be honest about who I am and what I think, but it

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christian

Christian Privilege: Christmas Edition

The other day my daughter wanted her Christmas drawing put up on the wall with her other works of art. My son also held up

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Christian Privilege: Political Edition

Mayor Mike Daniels of Pleasant Grove, Utah, illegally used city resources and public funds this month to circulate a religious letter promoting Christ to city employees.

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You Don’t Owe Your Father Your Virginity

Oh look, another thing in the news right now that I get to dissect because of my fundamentalist religious background. Oh goody.  This week it’s

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Lessons on Womanhood Courtesy of My Christian Alma Mater

When San Diego Christian College, my alma mater, came into the news a while back for firing a pregnant employee, Teri James, for something 97%

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The Lost Sheep: My Failed Attempts to “Pray the Gay Away”

When news of Kim Davis, the now infamous Kentucky clerk who went to jail because she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, erupted

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Hijabs and the Feminist Movement: Can They Get Along?

Earlier this year, I was dismayed to read reports of a gunman who shot and killed three Muslim college students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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How the Duggars Use the Bible to Support a Sexual Abuser and Silence Women

Content warning: rape, sexual molestation, religion, and more Bible verses than a Sunday morning I was asked to write this piece on the Josh Duggar

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My Pastor Told Me an Education Would Just Bring Student Debt into My Marriage

It happened while I was sitting at the little dining table in the corner of my pastor’s home. I had my back to the bucolic

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Balancing a Religious or Ethnic Identity with Your Feminism

Do you have an identity that you strongly identify with? Yes? Good, me too. Do you have an identity that you strongly identify with and

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Loving a Loving God

I was raised in a Christian household.  As a child, I remember going to church and knowing who God is.  I can’t exactly remember having

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If God is a Woman

Around this time of year I get to thinking about the Christian version of “God”. The way I was raised was with a “god in

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Winter Solstice Wonderland: A Not-All-About-Christmas Story

It’s that time of year again. A time where we all come together, eats lots of garbage, listen to the same songs over and over

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7 Ways Feminists and Conservative Christians are Alike

I was raised in a conservative evangelical church which taught that Christianity and feminism were mutually exclusive.  Growing up I heard more than one polemic

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