The Patient Body: “A Different Kind of Life”: The Tragedy of Charlie Gard

“The Patient Body” is a monthly column by Ann Neumann about issues at the intersection of religion and medicine. This month: The tragic life and death of Charlie Gard Continue Reading →

Intubated Women, Catholic Health Care and What it Means to be Alive

The Catholic Church understands far better than patients’ rights advocates do how religion, gender and sexuality work in society. If the debate about health care were focused on men’s bodies, the Church understands there would be a resounding call to make their hospitals subject to legal and medical standards. But because it’s about women’s bodies, the public conversation on all sides gets confused over issues of shame, pain, inconvenience, autonomy, social responsibility and voice. Continue Reading →

Hello Daily Links

Whattayaknow?! Mormons handle money differently than the rest of us. Same with the Mennonites, and the Jews.

Is the Fall true or just factual?  Or both?  And what does that mean for Catholicism? Or, as the always witty @danielsilliman asked via twitter, in response to this, aliens?

Charisma confuses mission work in North Korea with human rights work.  Yes, freedom of conscience should be a human right, but just dropping Christian flyers into North Korea isn’t really human rights work, folks.

Country music star Collin Raye is the new national spokesperson for the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.

Birth panels:  Conservative Catholic groups dissatisfied with the rigor of the conscience clauses in the Obama Administration’s health care bill are organizing to support Jeff Fortenberry’s “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.”  It would “permit a health plan to decline coverage of specific items and services that are contrary to the religious beliefs of the sponsor, issuer, or other entity offering the plan.”  It would expand denominational health care nationally, prohibiting patients from receiving the full range of medically sound treatments (or meaningful referrals, or informed consent) at denominational hospitals.  Four of the top 10 HMOs in the US, by the way, are Catholic.

Celebrate Yom Kippur with all the dirty hippies in Zuccotti Park tomorrow night.

Everybody’s hating on Jim Wallis and Evangelicals.  Here’s why.  (They’ve apparently forgotten what persecution does for him!)

Some good #OWS Links:  Metamovement.  Blame yourself. Is America. Everything. Continue Reading →

Stories the Religious Left Must Tell Itself

Changing the Script: An Authentically Faithful and Authentically Progressive Political Theology for the 21st Century, by Daniel Schultz. Ig Publishing (2010) $15.95

Reviewed by Brent  A. R. Hege

For as long as there has been a religious right barging its way into Americans’ lives, bedrooms, pocketbooks and polling places, there have been religious progressives wondering how perceptions of their faith had been hijacked and twisted into something virtually unrecognizable. The record of the religious right is as long as it is upsetting: from creationism in public schools ( the Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1925 to the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case of 2005) to Judge Roy Moore and efforts to eliminate the wall between church and state; from the Terri Schiavo fiasco to Proposition 8, the tendrils of Christian conservatism have reached into virtually every corner of American life. Many critics ask, often with exasperation and even resignation, where is the religious left? Where is the alternative vision, the principled opposition, the united voice of a sane and progressive religious movement raised in righteous protest?

Yet the voice of the religious left is present; in the church, in the academy, and in the public square. Continue Reading →