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Queer Take

Regular Witness columnist Irene Monroe is a Ford Fellow and doctoral candidate at Harvard Divinity School. As a self-proclaimed 'public theologian,' one of her outreach ministries is this column, which tries to inform the public of the role religion plays in discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. As Monroe notes, "Because homophobia is both a hatred of the other and it's usually acted upon 'in the name of religion,' by reporting religion in the news I aim to highlight how religious intolerance and fundamentalism not only shatters the goal of American democracy, but also aids in perpetuating other forms of oppressions such as racism, sexism, classism and anti-Semitism."

Irene may be e-mailed at revimonroe@earthlink.net .