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Monday, April 18, 2011

Religion lies about women

A must read article: Religion lies about women

Some powerful quotes:

The truth is that the Abrahamic religions fear women and therefore go to extraordinary and sometimes brutal lengths to control them, constrain them, and repress them in every way. Show me a non-religious society that feels so threatened by the thought of female sexuality that it will slice off the clitoris of a young girl to ensure she can never experience sexual pleasure. Show me a non-religious society that feels the need to cloak women from head to toe and force them to experience the outside world through a slit of a few square inches. All three Abrahamic religions share the myth of Adam and Eve, the myth that it was through woman that evil was let loose in the world. They share the heritage of Leviticus, which declared a menstruating woman unclean, to be set aside, untouched, a revulsion that remains even today among some orthodox Jews, who will refuse to shake a woman’s hand for fear she may be menstruating. What kind of lunacy is this? It is the lunacy of a Bronze Age mindset fossilized by the reactionary forces of religion. 

...And perish the thought that these religions – in their alleged equal valuing of women – should permit them actually to control their own bodies! Women exist for the purposes of reproduction! So let them reproduce! Let them reproduce, whether they wish it or not. Woe unto the woman who dares to engage in sex without being willing to conceive as a result! Woe unto the woman who uses contraception to control her fertility and manage the size of her family! And a hundred times woe unto the woman who actually dares to terminate a pregnancy she does not want! The question of abortion illustrates perfectly the role of women so far as the church is concerned. A woman’s reproductive organs are not her own, and she may not be permitted to decide what happens to them.

...In the eyes of the Abrahamic religions, the archetypal woman is Eve: disobedient, unreliable, easily led astray, and a seductive temptress of man – man being more noble, yet easy prey to the wiles and seductions of his weaker mate. Woman is the source of danger, the one who corrupts him, the conduit for all that is evil in the world. She is dangerous … yet irresistible; and this very irresistibility makes her more dangerous still. But you will notice that the dangers of sexual temptation are not to be faced equally by men and women: no, religion demands that it is the woman who bears the burden.  

...Religion is one lie after another: the lie of original sin, the lie of eternal life, the lie of hell, the lie of answered prayer, the lie that life can have no meaning without religion, the lie that religion is the source of morality, the lie of creationism, the lie of a spy-in-the-sky who hears your every word and reads your every thought. And to this list we must add the lie that it views men and women as equal. It has got away for so long with the kind of lunatic word-games that allow death-by-torture to be presented as an act of love, and eternal torment in the flames of hell to be seen as a necessary act of justice, that we should perhaps not be surprised that it has also managed to dupe its followers into seeing the systematic suppression and silencing of women as an act of liberation and equality. Nevertheless, it is a lie, like all the others: a cynical and wicked lie. It is time women everywhere woke up to it.

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23 comments:

  1. I've been a Christian since May 19, 1999 and am proud of it. I have no remorse for believing in the truth which is God's word.

    I'm studying New Testament Greek right now and plan on becoming a minister or at least be able to be a deacon.

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  2. Clearly a selective follower Brandon, interesting.

    dirt

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  3. Dirt i swear you read my mind, im working on a final piece for my assessment (art) and this is excatly what i have been working on

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  4. so you're an atheist too. how surprising.

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  5. Interesting conclusion by my merely posting an article that calls into question the misogyny of religion, which btw is MAN made.

    dirt

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  6. Im sorry anon but im with Dirt here, man use religion as a source of continuing misogony.

    The power man use over women they ALWAYS claim it in religious contexts, look at middle eastern countries at the moment, man say women MUST be covered at all times and if they do not they are raped and its their own fault, they are then beaten for shaming the family.

    dont get me wrong i respect peoples freedom of choice BUT in cases like that Dirt is in EVERY RIGHT to fight.

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  7. I honestly do not know how any self-respecting female can be a part of religion, especially the Abrahamic ones. They are founded not on the love of their invisible friend in the desert, but on the control and suppression of the people, most especially women. Frankly when someone professes to be a deeply faithful follower of one of the Abrahamic religions, especially in their charismatic or evangelical forms, I find that doubt is cast on their words, and they lose credibility.

    Funny that "atheist" is as dirty a word for some as "lesbian" and "feminist" is -- quite often for the same people.

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  8. Every culture has had some form of religion. It's a way to enforce the laws of the society. I guess from the 3 main religions out there I like Judaism the best, because at least they're not out there trying to convert people, or as likely to become fanatical nut-cases. But of course women aren't treated equally there either.
    It's interesting how more and more we're seeing how Mother Nature is really the one pulling the strings, which I've always believed. One thing for sure is she's unpredictable.

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  9. "I honestly do not know how any self-respecting female can be a part of religion, especially the Abrahamic ones."

    Ditto that, but for all people. I'd like to start a non-religious movement based on civility and respect.

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  10. I was raised as a Reform Jew (a sort of liberal version of Judaism- happy Passover), had a woman Rabbi, and was never really exposed to religious misogyny, but I do recognize it's a huge problem.
    btw, I'm against transexualism entirely and I'm gay.

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  11. Right on DD!

    anon @ 3:30-
    "Ditto that, but for all people. I'd like to start a non-religious movement based on civility and respect."

    There is a 'religion' out there that practices that- it's the Unitarian Universalism. They kinda take the God out of religion allowing all members to choose who or what they believe in or don't- but practice equallity for all and do a lot of social justice work.

    My partner and I just discovered our local UU 'churches' and started attending regularly. For me, it's been surprisingly great- I'm a devout atheist, but want to be around like minded people for social justice changes and environmental changes.

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  12. Personally I dont think taking God out is the answer when the problem has always been that man put man in.

    dirt

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  13. So what is it that you suggest ?

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  14. lol wow, you figure that out all by yourself dirt?

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  15. I suggest female filter everything they believe in through a heavy feminist filter, BEFORE believing.

    I also quote Sexton when she stated that "need/is not quite belief".

    dirt

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  16. or......do what humans did for thousands of years back when they lived peaceful lives, back before men with sky gods and wars came, back in "the garden" that life was before male gods with weapons and narcissistic personality disorders were forced on everyone:
    Worship a GODDESS!

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  17. Though I should add, I've dabbled in Buddhism and believe in nearly everything it stands for, apart from the re-incarnation part.

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  18. This is what I am saying!
    We agree on at least this subject.

    The religions of man are anethema to all humanity. They teach men to opress and feel entitled to do so and it teaches women to submit to such opression.

    Women need to completely form their own spiritual comunities and raise their sons in new age enlightenment. Only by changing the males of tommorow will the daughters of tommorow be free.

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  19. "or......do what humans did for thousands of years back when they lived peaceful lives, back before men with sky gods and wars came, back in "the garden" that life was before male gods with weapons and narcissistic personality disorders were forced on everyone:
    Worship a GODDESS!"

    ....Back in the garden Adam believed in God and then God made a woman out of man (Adam). Out of a mans rib woman was made.

    You can't blame everything on men. A woman was the first one to sin and then tempted a man (Adam) to sin right along with her. Now that doesn't mean that women are to blame but neither are men. That was just how it was supposed to be. They both sinned against God as they both knew that eating the fruit of knowledge would do harm (Sin) but they both did it and could not hide theme selves in the eyes of God. God didn't say that Adam was better and he didn't say Eve was better. he said they both sinned and threw them both out of the garden of Eden. He didn't choose who was more of a sinner than the other. He already knew that this was gonna happen as God knows all things and knew all things to come.

    Men aren't better than women and women aren't better than men. I don't know how you can come up with this as God loves ALL of His CHILDREN...MALE AND FEMALE!
    I don't get it!

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  20. lesbianplusfeministApril 20, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    "A woman was the first one to sin and then tempted a man (Adam) to sin right along with her."

    Are you fucking joking? You really believe these ridiculous woman-hating stories happened in real life?

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  21. (i know and is this the same Brandon who mentioned going to 'dungeon parties' in an earlier thread? what an all-around creepo)

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  22. not that anything is wrong with dungeon parties per se (not my cup of tea- things like that seem too contrived)- it's just the juxtaposition
    people with fervid and highly selective conservative religious beliefs combined with a dark kinky sexual side tend to be the creepiest people on this earth

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