♥ I begin with a quote from the fabulous Fanny Fern: Religious Tolerance.—It would do no harm if Christians who are disposed to judge harshly of each other, were to read occasionally the accounts handed down to us of enormities committed some centuries ago, and even in later years, in the name of religion, upon those of differing creeds; the perpetrators sincerely believing at the time that they were doing God service. When we are tempted to shut the gate of heaven in any fellow-mortal’s face, let us recall these things, at which humanity and Christianity should alike shudder. Said a good old man, in dying, of a son who had embraced another faith than that taught him, “Well, it matters not by which road John gets to heaven, if he only reaches it at last.” It seems to us that this, taken rightly, is the true spirit.
Take note, ye fundamentalists of all stripes. Take note.
♥ Speaking of Project Gutenberg: From the BALL-ROOM to HELL. Must be read to be believed.
♥ Akin still in race; in other news, world still round. He said what he thought of women. Now it’s up to voters to decide whether they agree. I wish more politicians would have truth-serum moments; it’d make Decision 2012 a lot easier.
♥ Thomas M. Millar at Yes Means Yes discusses a point the previous article raised: the Religious Right Rape Scale. Come on, this had to be written almost four years ago because there’s already so much dispute over what’s rape. (Incidentally, Peterson’s essay was run by Millar. Now that, my darlings, is a man!)
EDITED TO ADD: Peterson’s essay was not run by Thomas Millar — in his own words: I should not be confused with Mark Millar, the comic author. Also, Latoya Peterson’s essay “The Not Rape Epidemic” and my “Toward A Performance Model of Sex” originally appeared in the same anthology, Yes Means Yes. However, I wasn’t the editor. Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti edited the book. Several of the contributors to the book then worked on the blog; of those, only Jaclyn and I remain regularly active there, though some of the other contributors will post something every year or so.