challenging religious privilege in public life

Valerie Tarico


Christian conservatives want to regulate sex – and deny it to the poor

Religious conservatives want an exclusive right to dole out the privilege of sexual pleasure and intimacy - and leave a lot of people out.

Who Aborts the Most Fertilized Eggs? Families Like the Duggars

A woman who values fertilized eggs or who believes her deity does should use the most highly effective contraceptive available.

The connection between conservative ‘fetal personhood’ beliefs and pagan penis worship

Conservative Christians' insistence that life begins at conception appears to be aimed at elevating the status of fetus over woman.

Why I am Pro-Abortion, not Just Pro-Choice

I believe that abortion is a positive social good. And I suspect that a lot of other people secretly believe the same thing. It’s time…

Why Conservative Christians Feel Threatened by Consent, Queers, Contraceptives, and Child Protection

Some people say that the best evidence against the Bible’s God is that his public relations team is so inept. I think they are stuck.

When the American debate about abortion was sane – and why that changed

People blame the Roe v. Wade decision, but the broad cultural wars against women weren’t an inevitable result of what the Court decided in 1973.

15 sexual hang-ups we can blame on the Catholic Church

One of the most fundamental ways conservative religion hooks people is by creating deep psychological hang-ups about sex.

Religion’s Dirty Dozen – 12 Really Bad Religious Ideas That Have Made the World Worse

To paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, these twelve dubious concepts belong in the dustbin of history just as soon as we can get them there.

Denied Contraception, Catholic Mother of Disabled Child Questions Faith – Gets Abused by Believers

'The Apostle Paul was shipwrecked, tortured and thrown in different jails. You? Well you were told to not use birth control and your faith crumbled.'

Holy Freeloading! 10 Ways Religious Groups Suck on the Public Purse

Religion is big business. There are lots of options (over 30,000 variants of Christianity alone), and if the scale is right it can pay really,…