Forgiveness is a big word designed to cover a great deal of ground in many areas of life. You can be forgiven a loan, your sins, a misstep in a relationship or at work. “I forgive you,” is a powerful statement, but can it ever be true? Even in a religious context, the empirical evidence of forgiveness is not available; it’s a matter of faith and belief.
The horrific and preventable death of Savita Halappanavar due to septicemia from a miscarriage at Galway University Hospital in Ireland made me once again shake my head in appalling astonishment. Why didn’t licensed health professionals provide Savita an emergency abortion as she requested? The tone deaf response continues to ring in my ears: “Ireland is [...]
Conceding the notion of a GOP war on women is true, Margaret Hoover, great granddaughter of the late President and Republican activist asks, “What has happened within the party infrastructure that has malfunctioned so desperately, so that this minority of representatives are in such positions of power that are so out of step with the majority of Republicans?”
Expressing support for the legalization of pre-marital sex in Morocco can get you killed. That’s what the editor of Morocco’s Al-Ahdath Al-Maghribia daily newspaper discovered when he expressed this support during a televised debate. Article 490 of Morocco’s penal code, based on Islamic law, criminalizes sex outside of marriage, with a man and women recently being jailed [...]
Jimmy Carter: feminist. While I have many reasons for being a fan of the 39th President, I gained another this week, and not one I fully expected. The former president has parted ways with the Southern Baptist Church over their treatment of women. We have been hearing for awhile now about the church prohibiting women [...]
Jewish culture has a long history of tolerance and social justice that I deeply admire. Of course, some Christian communities do as well – the United Church of Christ makes social justice one of its hallmarks. But Reform Judaism has always had a special place in my heart for its commitment to the oppressed and [...]