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Erica Macilintal
Erica Macilintal

Away from glare of politics, one woman's struggle to balance faith and sexuality

This week, North Country Public Radio has been talking to religious leaders and politicians in our region about the national debate surrounding birth control and sexuality. It's become a big issue for Republicans in the 2012 presidential primary.

Republicans in Congress are also advancing national legislation that would allow all employers, not just religious groups, to deny health insurance coverage for things like contraception if those services violate the beliefs of the company's owners.

These culture-war debates could shape big races here in the North Country this November, including the battle for the 23rd district congressional race. Republican challenger Matt Doheny has accused Democratic congressman Bill Owens, of working "to violate the free exercise of religion."

Republican Assemblywoman Janet Duprey from Peru is also expected to face a strong primary challenge, in part because of her support for same-sex marriage, which is now legal in New York.

This political debate may, at times, seem disconnected from the reality of modern American life. According to the widely-respected Guttmacher Institute, roughly 90% of fertile, sexually active women in the United States are using contraception. But for some women, religious teachings play a profound role in shaping and defining their sexuality. Away from the glare of politics, faith and intimacy can be closely intertwined.

Our Plattsburgh correspondent Sarah Harris sat down recently to talk in-depth with Erica Macalintal. She's a 22-year-old nursing student at SUNY Plattsburgh who will graduate this May. Macalintal is a devout Roman Catholic who says her sexual life has been deeply influenced by the theology of her Church.  Go to full article
I've been bullied and teased to deep depression. I've been kicked when I'm down

Saranac Lake's anti-bullying campaign is only a start

It was a year ago last week that an incident of racially fueled bullying at the Saranac Lake Middle School made headlines and put school officials in the hot seat.

One year later, the school district has completed a series of diversity and anti-bullying programs, activities and training sessions for its students, staff, teachers, principals and school board.

The effort was designed to change the culture of the school district. As Chris Knight reports, however, school officials admit they still have much more work to do.  Go to full article
Rep.-elect Chris Gibson during deployment in Haiti. Photo: Gibson campaign
Rep.-elect Chris Gibson during deployment in Haiti. Photo: Gibson campaign

After their own service, Gibson and Owens divided on Don't Ask Don't Tell

In the coming months, rank-and-file service-members will be dealing with big changes in the military culture, now that don't-ask-don't-tell has been repealed.

Two lawmakers who represent the North Country will have direct oversight over that process. Democrat Bill Owens from Plattsburgh and Republican Chris Gibson from Kinderhook both sit on the House Armed Services Committee.

Both men served as officers in the military and as Brian Mann reports, they have very different opinions about gays serving openly.

(NOTE: This story includes a correction from the broadcast version)  Go to full article
The Rev. Jane Spahr.
The Rev. Jane Spahr.

"The Stories Cry Out:" a minister advocating for equality in her mainline church

The Rev. Jane Spahr is a Presbyterian minister who has spent the last 30 years advocating for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Presbyterian Church.

She's had ministries in the inner city of Pittsburgh, San Rafael and Oakand, California, and in San Francisco, where she served as pastor in the Castro area - the first out lesbian pastor in the Presbyterian Church. She then was a founder and first executive director of the Spectrum Center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender concerns in San Anselmo, California.

She served for 17 years as the minister director of That All May Freely Serve - an organization that advocates for LGBT people who want to serve in the Presbyterian Church. Spahr is now retired, but she still travels widely to communities, colleges and universities - as she says "evangelizing."

She was in the NCPR studios this morning with the Rev. Kathleen Buckley, chaplain at St. Lawrence University, to talk with Martha Foley.

(Also on campus this week: the Shower of Stoles Project -- a collection of liturgical stoles representing the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith. 450 stoles are on display this week in various places on the St. Lawrence University campus - the student center and the chapel among them.)  Go to full article
Annik, a Montreal sex worker, has her own website.
Annik, a Montreal sex worker, has her own website.

Montreal's Legal Sex Industry Attracts Americans & Sparks Controversy

For many people in the North Country, Montreal is a favorite city for weekend getaways, famous for its jazz festival and its winter carnival. But the city is also an increasingly popular destination for tourists and businessmen looking for sex. As Brian Mann reports, most forms of prostitution are legal in the city. But a child-sex scandal in Quebec has sparked a closer scrutiny of Montreal's sex industry.  Go to full article

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