Rose French writes about religious and spiritual matters for the Star Tribune. Before arriving in the Twin Cities this fall, she covered religion for the Associated Press in Tennessee, where she wrote about the Southern Baptists, United Methodists, Gideons and other religious groups and issues.
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A Reddit user posted a photo online of a Sikh woman with facial hair earlier this week with the caption “I’m not sure what to conclude of this.” Apparently, he did not understand why Balpreet Kaur and other Sikh women do not alter their bodies, no matter how unfashionable they are.
Kaur eventually heard about the photo and joined the online discussion, explaining why baptized Sikh woman “do not reject their bodies.”
She wrote, “Yes, I realize that my gender is often confused and I look different than most women. However, baptized Sikhs believe in the sacredness of this body – it is a gift that has been given to us by the Divine Being [which is genderless, actually] and, must keep it intact as a submission to the divine will.”
The user who posted the photo, whose handle is “european_douchebag,” posted an apology saying, “Put simply it was stupid. Making fun of people is funny to some but incredibly degrading to the people you're making fun of. It was an incredibly rude, judgmental, and ignorant thing to post.”
As of Thursday morning, the post had more than 1,200 comments on Reddit.
Rumors are circulating that the Harvard Theological Review refused to publish Karen King's "Gospel of Jesus' Wife," but the Religion News Service reports the rumors may not be true.
In an email to RNS, Harvard Divinity School spokesman Jonathan Beasly said King’s article will be published in January "if testing of the ink and other aspects of the fragment are completed in time."
Several online blogs claimed that the research was rejected by the journal. One blogger quotes Craig A. Evans, a New Testament scholar, saying “the decision of the editors of Harvard Theological Review not to publish Karen King’s paper is very wise. Perhaps we will eventually learn more about who actually produced the text.”
However, Evans based this information from a source of a source, as the blog pointed out.
Earlier this month King publically announced the discovery of a scrap of papyrus suggesting that Jesus had a wife. Scholars immediately began questioning the authenticity of the fragment. The New York Times reported that King had shown the papyrus to small circle of experts, but “she and she and her collaborators say they are eager for more scholars to weigh in and perhaps upend their conclusions.”
Rose French is on vacation this week, so this blog post is being brought to you by her editor, Maureen McCarthy.
I'm looking through the religious news of the day while Rose is away and came across this interesting piece on the Huffington Post about Muslims reckoning with the fasts of Ramadan in a land where the sun never sets.
Meanwhile, here's what Rose found about what's happening locally with our long summer Ramadan: