Thursday, December 31, 2015

Republic of Gilead 2015 Retrospective

I'm amazed at all the joyful, heartbreaking, and controversial events that took place in 2015. The Religious Right had a busy year, but fortunately so did its opponents. Let's look back on Republic of Gilead's coverage of events in 2015.

The Catholic Church

  • The Catholic Church's Pontifical Council for Culture hosted a plenary assembly on "Women's Cultures" on February 4-7. The misguided conference was a laughing stock.

  • Pope Francis launched a new tribunal intended to hear cases of bishops who failed to protect children and vulnerable adults from clergy sexual abuse.

  • In June, the Catholic Church officially released Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si. Some right-wing figures looked askance at the encyclical.

  • In September, Pope Francis visited the United States, making stops in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York. Clergy abuse and the environment were among the issues he discussed.

Reproductive Rights

  • An anti-abortion group called the Center for Medical Progress launched a smear campaign against Planned Parenthood, accusing the organization of selling fetal tissue for profit. The smear campaign revitalized anti-abortion activism in the U.S.



LGBTQ Equality

Anti-LGBTQ Activism

The Christian Patriarchy Movement

I want to thank all my readers for visiting Republic of Gilead in 2015. Let's continue to warily watch the Religious Right in 2016!


  1. Happy New Year, Ahab! Thanks for all of your hard work. The RR provides so much fodder, but I think freethinkers, including progressive people of various faiths, are moving the world forward. Onward!

    1. Michelle -- Happy New Year to you too. I'm glad that people are using their brains and questioning the Religion Right's narratives.

      With the election AND the current crop of candidates, I just know I'll have tons of blog material in 2016.

  2. Kim Freakin' Davis indeed. Thanks for pointing out the upside to all this extremism. Hoping for saner voices in 2016. And ditto Michelle, thanks for all your hard work, Ahab. Happy New Year!

    1. Donna -- Happy New Year as well. Let's hope that 2016 is a great year for sanity.

  3. It's been quite a year, one marked by encouraging milestones in the march toward equality and mind-boggling forays into rightwing insanity. I'm grateful for your tenacity and insights in reporting on all of it, Ahab. Wishing us all a wonderful new year with happier things to report! Or if that won't happen, more time and motivation to write better satire. : )

    1. Agi Tater -- Thank you so much. 2015 was a bumpy ride, but there were many things to be happy about. I'm looking forward to blogging (here and at Sheep Dip) in 2016.


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