Jessica Bluemke grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Ball State University in 2008 with a BA in Literature. She currently works as a writer and resides on the North side of Chicago.
First of all, this is neither made up, nor is it an Onion article. I checked. Twice. On May 13th, congregants of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, NC were treated this heart-warming sermon by Pastor Charles Worley : I… figured a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers, but I couldn’t get it past the Congress. Build a great big large fence, hundred… fifty or a hundred-mile long. Put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop… Read more
In an unprecedented move this week, the Norwegian Parliament voted unanimously to abolish the national Church. Considering that 72% of the population (3.6 million people) are non-believers, it may not be a very surprising move, but it’s still noteworthy. Before the parade starts, though, it turns out that this isn’t a complete separation of the two entities as was initially reported. The country used to financially support the church and participated in selecting certain church officials — this new step… Read more
I am a massive fan of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show. I try to catch every episode, and I think Stewart is consistently on point and relevant. Shockingly, the Catholic League and I do not agree on this. On April 16th, The Daily Show featured an amazing send-up of Fox News Channel’s protest of the term “War on Women”: The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook At the 4:50 mark,… Read more
Earlier this month, the country was all abuzz with news that President Obama stands in support of gay marriage rights. Of course, amid new Internet trends and celebrations, there was a predictable right-wing media backlash. One of the most spectacularly homophobic was the response of Mississippi State Representative Andy Gibson (Republican… of course): Rep. Gipson came out with an impressively transparent reaction to Obama’s pro-gay marriage stance. He didn’t initially masquerade behind the whole “it will confuse and destroy children” argument or… Read more
Attorney Cheryl Bormann is in the midst of defending alleged September 11th conspirator Walid bin Attash, a member of the so called Gitmo 5. It was while meeting with her client that the Chicago-based lawyer began dressing in an abaya — a traditional Muslim woman’s garment that covers everything but the wearer’s face — to avoid distracting her extremely conservative client. Bormann herself is not Muslim. She claims: “I want him to be able to fully concentrate on the proceedings… Read more