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Opus Dei accused of lobbying to prevent Irish abortion reform

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Guardian reports:

Leading doctor and politician John Crown says secret Catholic sect is trying to prevent limited abortion being made legal

Public support for abortion reform has grown in Ireland since Savita Halappanavar died from blood poisoning after a Galway hospital refused to terminate her pregnancy. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

The secret ultra-conservative Catholic sect Opus Dei is mobilising within the Irish professions to stop the republic reforming its abortion laws, one of the country’s most prominent doctors has warned.

John Crown, a leading cancer specialist and member of parliament, accused the powerful organisation of trying to exercise influence on the medical profession and politicians to prevent limited abortion being made legal for the first time in Ireland.

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Why burqas / niqabs are controversial

Reading Time: 6 minutes Burqas are back on the agenda in the UK. This is because there was a recent furore within the British legal aystem. A Muslim woman was barred from serving on a jury because she refused to remove her veil. In a controversial ruling, a judge said she could not sit on an attempted murder trial because her full face covering (niqab) concealed her expressions.

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The disgrace of papal blessing for Ugandan homophobia

Reading Time: 6 minutes Earlier this month, Pope Benedict XVI joined Twitter in an effort to galvanize the faithful and modernize the Catholic Church for a younger, increasingly secular generation, making him the last person after your grandpa to join the social networking site. The Vatican also hired a former Fox News correspondent to bring their communications strategy into the 21st century, since that network did such an impressive job during the 2012 US presidential election.

Posted inGeneral, Sex & Gender

Epigenetics May Be a Critical Factor Contributing to Homosexuality, Study Suggests

Reading Time: 3 minutes I have commented before on homosexuality, particularly with regards to the moral proclamations of Christianity, here and here. I think the subject is incredibly interesting in light of the ideas of genetics, and within the context of free will. In my first book (available from the amazon bar on the right) about free will, I set out a case for the denial of free will. Most Christians and people who find homosexuality ‘wrong’, ‘unnatural’ and suchlike will invoke the notion that people choose homosexuality (h/s), like a new jumper or a political party to vote for. Of course, to me, all of these things are causally determined.

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Church of England general synod votes against women bishops

Reading Time: 6 minutes The general synod of the Church of England has voted against the appointment of women as bishops.

The decision came at the end of a day of debate by supporters and opponents – and a 12-year legislative process.

The measure was passed by the synod’s houses of bishops and clergy but was rejected by the house of laity.

Controversy had centred on the provisions for parishes opposed to women bishops to request supervision by a stand-in male bishop.

Posted inEducation, General, Sex & Gender

Open Access to Our Bodies, Ourselves, and Our Scholarship

Reading Time: 6 minutes For over a month now, I have been thinking about the intersections between issues of interest to Digital Humanities (DH) scholars, feminists, and sex educators/researchers. I’m not the only one to consider these connections, but my positioning as a scholar who does DH and gender/feminist studies, while also writing for a Kinsey-affiliated sex blog, might […]