Daily Archive: October 10, 2011

A First for the Presbyterian Church: Openly Gay Minister Ordained

Over twenty years after Rev. Scott Anderson informed his Californian congregation the fact that he was gay – consequently resigning from his position in the church – the Presbyterian Church of America has welcomed him back into the fold, with full recognition of his homosexuality. On Saturday, Anderson was ordained to the parish in his …

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Iranian actress sentenced to a year in jail and 90 lashes for her involvement in film about Iranian restrictions on artists

Over the weekend, the Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr was sentenced to a year in jail and 90 lashes as punishment for her role in the 2009 film My Tehran for Sale – premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2009 – which broaches the issue of the persecution of artists in the Islamic republic. Written …

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Step aside: Jewish women ordered to move aside to make way for men on the sidewalk

Why did the Orthodox Jewish woman cross the road? A Yiddish sign ordered her to. This sounds like an awful joke; it is, in fact, an audacious new religious diktat that has been nailed to trees on the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Plastic signs with bold colouring which order women to move aside when a …

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