I’m proud of my Church’s statements yesterday affirming equal rights under the law for all LBGT persons. So why do I not feel 100% jubilant? Where they lost me is in playing the victim card.
Author Archives: Jana Riess
About Jana Riess
Since 2008, Jana Riess has been an acquisitions editor in the publishing industry, primarily acquiring in the areas of religion, history, popular culture, ethics, and biblical studies. From 1999 to 2008, she was the Religion Book Review Editor for Publishers Weekly, and continues to write freelance articles and reviews for PW as well as other publications.
She holds degrees in religion from Wellesley College and Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in American religious history from Columbia University. She speaks often to media about issues pertaining to religion in America, and has been interviewed by the Associated Press, Time, Newsweek, People, the Boston Globe, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and Newsday, among other print publications, as well as “Voice of America,” the "Today" show, MSNBC, and NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Tell Me More,” and “Talk of the Nation.”
She is the author, co-author, or editor of books including The Twible: All the Chapters of the Bible in 140 Characters or Less . . . Now with 68% More Humor!; Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor; What Would Buffy Do? The Vampire Slayer as a Spiritual Guide; Mormonism for Dummies; and The Writer’s Market Guide to Getting Published. She blogged for Beliefnet before coming to RNS in 2012.
When I was a kid, everyone was “free range” — our parents said good-bye to us in the morning and hello again at dinner. Today they would be arrested for it.
“I honor my daughter’s choice to become an atheist,” says guest blogger Mette Ivie Harrison. “She has already taught me a lot in her life and I suspect she will teach me still more.”
It’s unclear what the excommunication of Mormon Stories founder John Dehlin will accomplish for the LDS Church as an institution.
One of the board members of Ordain Women was recently given a choice by her stake president: either quit the board and remove her past posts that advocate for Mormon women’s priesthood ordination, or lose her temple recommend.
Two-time presidential contender Mitt Romney told major donors on Friday that he is once again running for the nation’s highest office. Color me stupid, but I did not see this coming.
Last night’s Golden Globes win for the TV series “Transparent” is helping to raise awareness of transgender identity, but it’s an uphill battle for social acceptance.
Guest blogger Ron Raynes says it is possible for a gay man and a straight woman to enjoy a happy marriage. He and his wife have done so for 34 years.
Yesterday’s terrific Deseret News article went a long way toward destigmatizing mental illness and the “early return” missionary. Bravo.