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  1. I challenge anyone, to find me a girl/woman who would not want the choice of whether or not to get an education.
  2. I challenge anyone, to find me a girl/woman who would not want to choose IF or WHOM she marries.
  3. I challenge anyone, to find me a girl/woman who would not want to choose IF and WHEN she has children.
  4. I challenge anyone, to find me a girl/woman who would not choose to have control over her own body.
  5. I challenge anyone, to find me a girl/woman who would not say that women’s rights are human rights.
  6. I challenge anyone, to find me a girl/woman who would not want to decide whether or not she is genitally mutilated?

 

Of course this is a challenge that no one will take, because there are no women to be found that do not want the freedom to make their own choices about what is done to their bodies. The same freedoms that are afforded men in every country on this planet are denied women in a large percentage of them…this is beyond unacceptable, it is outrageous in the extreme. How did our world get into such a condition as to deny half the population equal human rights? Why would any man ever think that his humanity is somehow deserving of more freedoms and that his gender gives him rights over another persons body? Has the intelligence of men become so twisted, as to think it is reasonable to assume that half the population, which brings forth the life of the other half, is somehow inferior? Read the rest of this entry »

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Empower Women

Their intellect a resource

Their bodies give life

 

The key to a better future for all humanity means empowering women and educating men. To be assured of a world where humans can thrive and flourish, the greatest resource we have needs to be empowered.

 

Empowering women means:

 

  1. More educated women.
  2. Less unwanted marriages, pregnancies, and abortions.
  3. Lower population growth.
  4. Improved quality of life for everyone.
  5. Greater intellectual resources.
  6. Increase in ethical and moral values.
  7. Less violence and abuse.

 

Educating men to:

 

  1. Respect all people’s human rights.
  2. Learn that violence is never okay except in self defense.
  3. Treat women as you wish to be treated.
  4. Work together as equals for the benefit of all.
  5. Act in an ethical and moral way to women.
  6. Take responsibility for and control your own actions.
  7. Understand that women’s bodies are their own, they do not owe you sex.

 

 

The history of patriarchal rule shows that it has failed to establish a society where all people live up to their potential and flourish. Men need to grow up and take responsibility for how they treat women; they need to use their intelligence to empower women to work with them as a team instead of cutting off half the population. Cutting off half the resources of a population can be compared to only allowing a power generating plant to run at half capacity, thus producing only half of the energy needed to supply the whole population…this would be utterly ridiculous, but that is exactly what men are doing when they keep half the population from living up to their full potential. Too many men use religion as a tool to control women, without realizing they are diminishing the quality of well-being for the whole community. It is only when women are empowered to walk in their full capacity as human beings will the world realize its full potential. EMPOWER WOMEN to walk in their full potential – EDUCATE MEN to respect women as equals.

mb_dyson_opinion-200x0Losing my Religion for Equality is an excellent article by former president Jimmy Carter, describing why he left the Southern Baptist Convention. I have reposted the article in full and bolded the sections which I have chosen to comment on.

“Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.”

 While it is true that women and girls have been discriminated against on account of biblical teaching, one does not need to do any twisting to find passages of Scripture that are biased against women denying them equal rights. While I agree that the minds of those that want to dominate and control women are twisted, the Bible lends itself readily to their misogynistic whims.

I HAVE been a practicing Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world. So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when the convention’s leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be “subservient” to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service.”

The reason men can claim that women are responsible for original sin is because that is what the Bible clearly teaches. The apostle Paul states in 1Tim.2:13&14 that Adam was created first and Eve was the one who was in the transgression, he also states that women are to be subservient to men. The nature of many men in positions of authority is that they will use any opportunity available to them to dominate and control women, but the Bible has been handed to them on a silver platter containing everything they need to justify their control of women, this is because its words were written by men. Read the rest of this entry »

integrity3imagesWomen’s bodies are not a commodity as many patriarchal societies believe, and no man has a right to violate the integrity of her body in any way. Throughout history the value of a woman has been placed upon her sexual purity and it is when men violate her integrity that she becomes devalued. There is no such devaluation for a man, because it is men who have set the standard of a woman’s worth and it is men who created the division of inequality between the genders. The Bible clearly reinforces this practice of division between male and female in all areas of life which reveals its human origins. What starts out in the second chapter of Genesis with male and female being as “one flesh” quickly devolves into the woman being ruled over by the man and becoming his possession, thus setting clear lines of division between the genders and making certain natural functions of a woman’s body considered unclean and shameful. Even in the New Testament Jesus makes it clear to his audience that the best condition for man is to be unmarried (separated from the woman), as does the apostle Paul who confirms the sentiment that it is only good to marry if one cannot contain their sexual desires, but the best way is to remain unmarried as he is. This does nothing but exacerbate the already existing division between male and female, which is also contrary to the idea of unity put forth in Genesis 2. Read the rest of this entry »

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2012 was a tumultuous year of great achievements and horrible tragedies for women. Here are some of its biggest moments: a year in women.

Women are inching ever closer to equality, but the statement made famous back in 1995 by Hillary Clinton: “Woman’s Rights are Human Rights” is still foreign to many men who think that a woman’s place is beneath that of a man and consequently deserve to be abused and denied an education. Globally, 1 in 3 women will be physically or sexually assaulted by men in their lifetime, these statistics are a black mark and a shame on the male gender. The violence against women has a variety of causes, but one thing is clear it needs to STOP! Women make up half the worlds population and give birth to the other half, consequently every male on the planet owes his life to a female, so why the oppression, violation and denial of human rights? There is no simple answer, but the place a solution needs to start is with the education of men. Men should be taught by other men that it is shameful to treat women in an abusive and degrading way, and anything done against another person without their consent is considered a violation of their human rights, even in marriage. There is never, ever any excuse or justification for any man to raise a hand against a woman except in self defense, yet the violence continues and the majority of men who have a voice to speak remain silent. For women to heal, and to thrive in this world, gender based violence must be stopped, and women must have full human rights in all areas of life. A woman’s body belongs to herself and no one has a right to violate it in any way. Read the rest of this entry »

 

As long as a woman regards the Bible as the charter of her rights, she will be the slave of man. The Bible was not written by a woman. Within its leaves there is nothing but humiliation and shame for her.   ~ Robert Ingersoll

 

For far too long women have settled for second best when it comes to rights afforded them in the Bible, because they have been deceived by men. The same lame reasoning and tired excuses are used over and over again, such as “The Bible gives women more rights than they had in other cultures of the same time period”, or “God’s natural order is for men to be the leaders”. These and countless other worn out justifications used by men to deny women their equal human rights, need to be rejected and exposed for what they are…constructions made from the minds of men who want to control women. It’s time for the women of the world to know that they are indeed entitled to the same human rights as men and to stand up for those rights, regardless of what an ancient book like the Bible says. The first place to start is by taking a second look at the masculine nature of the biblical god. Read the rest of this entry »

 

 

In Luke 10:27 Jesus tells the lawyer that the summation of the law is contained in “loving your neighbor as yourself”. The lawyer then proceeds to query Jesus and asks “who is my neighbor?” to which Jesus replies by reciting the parable of the Good Samaritan, implying that anyone regardless of race is your neighbor. This answer is a much more expanded interpretation of neighbor then one finds in the Old Testament version, which only applied to ones Hebrew brethren. Now, to carry the meaning of neighbor one step further we need to ask if women were included in the general idea of ones neighbor. Did loving your neighbor as yourself apply to women? I think the answer is obviously not, because nowhere in the Bible are women treated in the same manner as men would want to be treated.

 

Jesus might very well have included women in his understanding of neighbor, but we know for certain that neither Paul, nor Peter did by the words that they wrote in these verses.

 

1Cor.11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

 

Eph.5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

 

Col 3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

 

1 Tim. 2:11-14 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

 

Titus 2:4-5 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

 

1Peter 3:1-7 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands;

 

Under no circumstances would men feel they were being treated in a manner equal to loving one neighbor as oneself, if the roles were reversed and those verses instead read “Husbands, submit yourselves unto your own wives in everything”. What a far different society we would live in today if the Golden Rule of treating ones neighbor as themselves had been taken to apply equally to women as well as men. My motive in bringing up these questions are to try and encourage people to look at the religious teachings they so blindly follow and find out what their sacred texts really contain. I believe most people –especially men – would be very surprised to know just how biased the Bible really is.

 

I have a dream that someday all women wherever in the world they live and whatever religion they practice, will stand beside men in equality. For far too long man’s religion has governed and ruled what the role of women should be, leaving the woman herself out of the equation. As a woman, my heart longs for the day when my sisters can breathe the fresh air of freedom as partners with their brothers, instead of gasping to breathe the polluted and stale air of inequality that is suffocating them. No matter how advanced our civilization becomes, or how egalitarian our governments are the Bible can never change its words, because they are forever frozen in the era in which they were written. That is the grave error in limiting and confining a creator to the pages of an ancient book, without room to change and grow. The words of Paul will forever constrain a woman to be in subjection to a man and keep her from expressing full human equality with him, and say that it is better for a man not to touch a woman, but to live a life of celibacy (if one wishes to view the Bible as inspired by God).

 

Looking back at Christian history through the eyes of men who shaped its views, one finds that it is littered with hatred and disgust for women…from the words of Clement of Alexandria in the second century AD, “Every woman should be filled with shame by the thought that she is a woman“, to the words of Martin Luther in the fifteenth century “The word and works of God is quite clear, that women were made either to be wives or prostitutes.”,  it is quite clear how Christian men have perceived women. Great insight is given into the intent of Scripture when men throughout the ages have interpreted them in a similar manner when it comes to the rights and equality of women. Having religious texts that purport to be inspired by a deity, is the main reason that religions remain mired in primitive thinking, the only way to escape their grasp is to simply ignore large portions that are outdated. A true deity would never be locked into a mindset that is limited by the whims of the human intellect, which is why a dark shadow is cast upon the credibility of the biblegod being real. The only way women can be freed from this ominous cloud of religious oppression, is to use their wisdom and reject myths that keep them in bondage to the tyranny of men who wish to control their lives.

All history attests that man has subjected

Woman to his will, used her as a means to

Promote his selfish gratification, to

Minister to his sensual pleasures, to be

Instrumental in promoting his comfort; but never

Has he desired to elevate her to that rank she was created to fill.

He has done all he could

To debase and enslave her mind;

And now he looks triumphantly on the ruin

He has wrought, and say, the being he has

Thus deeply injured is his inferior” ~ A.K.

 

 

There is no excuse that will ever justify the status that the Bible has placed upon women of being denied equality with men. No matter how much good people say the Bible has done to elevate women’s roles from those of non-Christian nations, and supposedly how much better they are treated than their non-biblical counterparts, women are still relegated to “second place” in Scripture. It’s on par with saying “it’s okay to have slaves as long as they are treated well”…I say: NO it’s not okay to own another human being no matter how well they are treated by their masters.

 

If the Constitution of the United States, written by men has contained within its declarations that “All men are created equal” (which I know had to be worked out to get into men’s heads that the words All Men meant both men and women), I see no reason why a book that is supposed to be inspired by God, could not have had within it pages an equally powerful statement. Instead what do we find at its very beginning? A decree from its god that men are to rule over women…Gen.3:16 “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”, that tells me that the founders of this country had much higher standards than what was attributed to the biblegod.

 

The harm that has befallen women because of the license that the Bible has given men to dominate them and own them as property is beyond measure. History would have taken an entirely different course if men and women could have stood side by side as partners developing ideas that would shape a common future. Instead of allowing women to choose their own path and make their own choices, the Bible gives men the right and free reign in running women’s lives and since it tells men exactly what they want to hear in terms of having power and control they adamantly say it must be from god. An old Chinese proverb says that “Women hold up half the sky”, it is time that the female gender rightfully take their place as equals beside men, and that men acknowledge a woman’s rightful place as their equal in all areas of life.

 

“The truth is male religious leaders have had, – and still have –  an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the later. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world”  ~ Jimmy Carter

Throughout the Gospels it is written that Jesus speaks out against the way religious leaders were interpreting many of the Old Testament laws that were given to the Jews by their god Yahweh, so why didn’t he also speak out against the inequality of women that was also written in the law? For example when the Jews sought to stone the woman caught in adultery they were carrying out the law given to Moses by Yahweh; instead of rebuking those who were carrying out the law, Jesus should have condemned the law itself and rebuked his father who gave it. Jesus could have said: this woman is of equal value to a man, so why is not the man here also to be stoned? If Jesus would have set a precedent by speaking up and declaring that women are of equal value to men and deserve equal human rights, he could have changed the course of history with respect to women. Never in all of his words did Jesus ever resend one law with respect to women, nor did he ever condemn one atrocity against women commanded by Yahweh whom he called his father. Under the Law of Moses a man could condemn a woman to a death by stoning if she could not prove her virginity upon marriage, was any such law written for men…of course not…did Jesus ever mention that? No.

 

For all the magnificent words spoken by Jesus about his love for humanity, he failed miserably when it came to promoting equal human rights for women. Because of his negligence in regards to women’s rights, the apostle Paul also refused to speak up for equality of women, and instead reaffirmed the secondary position of women being in subjugation to men and considered property…this in turn has led to the continued discrimination against women in the Christian church up until today. Just imagine what could have been accomplished by a few positive words on the equality of women spoken by Jesus? It wouldn’t have taken two thousand years for women to gain equal rights, with no thanks given to the authors of the Bible. Not only was the status of women as property upheld by Jesus, but also the legitimacy of slavery was endorsed by him which leads to the inevitable conclusion that the god Jesus called his father did not believe in human equality.

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