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“Dear Kim. Please stop using the term ’empowerment’ when you really mean ‘marketing’.”

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That’s not empowerment. That’s two, very privileged, mean girls in a bathroom taking pictures of themselves and giving the world the finger.

Jacqueline Lunn, Mama Mia

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1 April 2016 | So, let me get this straight.

Kim Kardashian and Emily Ratajkowski posted a joint topless nude selfie on Instagram this morning and we’re all meant to sit back, have a look at the black stripe over their boobs, their middle fingers in the air and that omnipresent bathroom mirror and say, “Oh, Thank God for female empowerment. How empowering. Just look at those two women empower. I need to get me some of these empowerment black strip things. Thank you Kimmy, you have made me see the empowerment light.”

Jacqueline Lunn: journalist, writer, editor, student, author of The Unknown Woman and Under The Influence.

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How Our Complacency Led Mississippi to Pass An Anti-LGBT Hate Law on Steroids

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Hopefully we’re (LGBT citizens and activists) realizing — and the seemingly misdirected LGBT leadership is realizing — that those opposed to LGBT equality will not stop, (that they) will come up with ever more ugly and successful campaigns — like “bathroom panic“ — to strip us of our rights. Because, after them, our biggest enemy is our own complacency.

Michelangelo Signorile, Huffington Post

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04/07/2016 | Mississippi didn’t need its new “religious freedom” law “protecting” those in the state with a “sincerely held religious belief or moral convictions” in continuing its ongoing discrimination against LGBT people. The new law states specifically that those who believe that marriage “should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman” are empowered to discriminate in hiring, housing and public accommodations against gay couples, and it defines gender “as determined by anatomy and genetics at the time of birth” and “protects” blatant discrimination against transgender people in all areas.

But legal experts believed that kind of abominable discrimination in the name of religion had already been written into law because Mississippi had passed a draconian Religious Restoration Freedom Act (RFRA) in 2014 — literally referred to at the time as Mississippi’s new “religious freedom“ law, just like this one is now — something that’s been lost in the discussion this week. It’s important to raise it now, however, as it points back to the complacency of the media, big business and many in the LGBT community.

Michelangelo Signorile, Queer Voices Editor-at-Large, Huffington Post. His book, It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality, is due out in paperback with a new afterword, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Pope Affirms Traditional Marriage

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The Pope rejects the role of a scold, and looks askance at those who bury their head in the letter of the law. At the same time, he wants us to appreciate the wisdom of the church's teachings on marriage, the family, and sexuality. He has not changed the bar, but he is asking us to help everyone clear it.

Bill DonohueNewsmax

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Friday April 08, 2016 | Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, "The Joy of Love," does not change a single teaching of the Catholic Church, but he does call on Catholics to be more understanding of the irregular family unions that so many find themselves in these days. 

The Holy Father acknowledges that there are those, in and out of the church, who harbor "an immoderate desire for total change without sufficient reflection or grounding." These Catholics will be disappointed, if not angry, that they did not get what they wanted. 

Bill Donohue is the president and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. 

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A pastor in Texarkana, Arkansas, finally says it like it is truthfully.

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One World Voice

March 23 | A pastor in Texarkana, Arkansas finally says it like it is truthfully.

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One World Voice: a foundation dedicated supplying food, medical supplies, housing, and water wells in areas with high poverty and genocide striking the communities. 

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What Happens When Abortion Opponents Turn Lies into Law?

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  • Abortion opponents across the country are telling lies and then turning those lies into dangerous laws. These opponents claim the laws will help women’s health, but they really make it harder for women to access abortion care. They must be stopped.
  • Special Project | The War on Women: Week Ending March 26, 2016

Sarah Lipton-Lubet, National Partnership for Women and Families

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March 3, 2016 | Over the past five years, abortion opponents have quietly passed hundreds of restrictive laws. These laws try to deny a woman access to abortion care, even when that means lying to her, delaying her care, requiring tests she doesn’t need, making it cost more than it should, and shutting down reproductive health clinics. As a result, abortion care is being pushed out of reach for many.

Some legislators are transparent and acknowledge that the bills they support are designed to stop abortion altogether (such as outright abortion bans), but others are not. As a result, a large majority of abortion restrictions are promoted under the guise of supporting “women’s health” or “informed consent,” using lies about abortion, about women who decide on abortion and about the trusted health care professionals who provide abortion care. When these lies are turned into laws, doctors are forced to lie to their patients, health care clinics are shut down, and women are denied care.

Sarah Lipton-Lubet, President, National Partnership for Women and Families 

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Now, somehow, we’ve come to a decidedly indecent place that, yes, even in an emergency, a corporation’s beliefs are more important than a woman’s life.

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