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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Magdalene And Thistle Farms Offer Prostitutes A Chance For Regrowth

by Melinda Clark
The Huffington Post

For many women on the street, prostitution was where they turned when they had no other options. But in Nashville, Tenn., there is another choice for these women -- Magdalene.

Magdalene is a private residential rehab center that takes its motto of "love heals" very seriously.

Founded in 1997 by Becca Stevens, an Episcopal priest who knows the horrors of abuse from her own childhood, Magdalene is a sanctuary for women with criminal histories of prostitution and drug addiction.

At Magdalene, women receive two years of free housing, therapy, medical care, education and employment -- everything they need to prepare them for the transition back into a community.

Does God Hate Women?

by Sally Quinn
via The Washington Post

Does God hate women? This is a question that never occurred to me until I began to study religion. What I found seemed shocking. In every major faith women are or have been treated as second-class citizens.

That may not be God’s doing, of course. It might be purely a reflection of how some male-dominated religious hierarchies carry out the seeming commands of God.

But what gives anyone the right to decree that women cannot be priests (as in the Catholic Church) or not be allowed to drive (as in the stricter interpretations of Islam). Is it God’s will that Muslim women in certain theocracies have few rights?

While I do not share Ms. Quinn's enthusiastic endorsement of Jimmy Carter, I do feel that it's important when considering the roles of women within organized religion to consider that while RELIGION teaches that women are inferior...GOD does not.