Posted in Women's Rights, tagged Abuse, Afghanistan, Anita Bryant, Dick Cheney, Equality, Feminism, Fundamentalism, Human Rights, Inequality, Islam, Islamic Faith, Mohseni, Pat Robertson, Patriarchal, Patriarchy, Politics, Rape, Religion, Religious Conservatism, Religious Right, Religious Violence, Shia, Women, Women's Rights on January 6, 2010|
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I admit I don’t pay as much attention to the news as I should, (it’s typically so depressing), so it came as a surprise when I learned via the 2009 Harper’s Magazine Yearly Review that in August of last year, a law was passed in Afghanistan allowing wives who refuse their husband’s sexual advances to be starved. No, we haven’t fallen into a time warp and landed in the middle ages. And yes…I said starved.
From an article I found at the U.K.’s Guardian:
The new final draft of the legislation also grants guardianship of children exclusively to their fathers and grandfathers, and requires women to get permission from their husbands to work. It also effectively allows a rapist to avoid prosecution by paying ‘blood money’ to a girl who was injured when he raped her.
Many things ran through my mind while I read this. One of the first things (and something I call on everyone reading this to consider) is my belief that the opinions and actions of the men who endorsed and passed the bill, the fundamentalist Shia leader Ayatollah Mohseni and Afghanistan’s president, do not represent the majority of those who follow the Islamic faith. (This is reasonable as only about 20% of the country’s population regards Mohseni as their spiritual leader.) These two (Mohseni especially) are conservative religious freak shows who have elevated themselves places of power and influence, similar to the Pat Robertsons, Dick Cheneys, and Anita Bryants of America’s past and present. What’s so unfortunate is how much harm the whims of two men are inflicting on Afghanistan’s 15 million+ women.
Does anyone know what the status of this law is today? Is it still in effect?
Other interesting and informative links:
Women’s Learning Partnership – Afghanistan
Total population of Afghanistan and population by gender (use filters to sort): NationMaster.com
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Posted in Quotes, tagged Abraham, Channeling, Christ, Christianity, Esther Hicks, Evangelism, Faith, Fundamentalism, Gay, Gay Marriage, Gay Rights, GLBT, God, Gospel, Holy Word, Homosexuality, Intentional Living, Jerry Hicks, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Law of Attraction, LGBTI, Opportunities for Growth, Positive Thinking, Queer, Recommended Reading, Religion, Religious Tolerance, Spirituality, The Astonishing Power of Emotions on April 23, 2009|
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Many people speak of unconditional love but rarely live it. Instead, when they see a condition that causes them to feel negative emotions, they demand a change in the condition; but in doing so, they set themselves on a long and uncomfortable path of attempting to control others in order to feel good.
When controlling others is necessary in order for you to feel good, you must confine yourself to a very small world over which you can gain control, and then you must give more time and energy than you possess to this impossible effort.
–The Teachings of Abraham in the book The Astonishing Power of Emotions by Esther and Jerry Hicks
Neo-Conservatives/Christ-Cons may not be the only who “attempt to control others in order to feel good,” but they’ve certainly been the most visible. They’ve been losing the Culture Wars for decades by refusing to recognize the truth in the statements above. Until they replace their dogged determination to control with completely unconditional love, they will continue to experience anger, sorrow, and fear as they watch the world progress beyond their subjective views of morality.
Women will never lose the right to choose. State legislatures will continue to recognize equal rights for lesbians and gays. The world will never work exactly how the Neo-Cons think it should (thank God). When they accept these things and recognize that the doctrine they follow is just as fallible as they are, maybe then they’ll emerge from their “very small worlds” and turn their focus to living their own lives.
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Posted in Christianity, tagged Abortion, Agnostic, Agnosticism, Apostasy, Apostolistic, Atheism, Atheist, Baptist, Bible, Catholicism, Christ-Cons, Christian, Easter, Evangelism, Faith, Feminism, Fundamentalism, Gay Rights, God, Gospel, Holy Word, Iowa, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Jon Meacham, Meacham, Neo-Con, Neo-Conservatives, Neo-Pagan, Newsweek, Pagan, Pentecostal, Praise, Religion, Religious Tolerance, Spirituality, Vermont, Wiccan, Witch, Witchcraft on April 9, 2009|
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Both the Christian and secular media worlds are ablaze as Jon Meacham’s article The End of Christian America makes its rounds.
From the blogosphere this morning:
Well, I thought of the wrath God must feel for those arrogant blasphemers who reject His law and I also thought about how righteous His judgement will be.
—Shotgun Smith on his response to “some woman in Australia who thought that the death of Christianity was undoubtedly a good thing.”
Easy there, turbo. I’m guessing you didn’t read the entire article, as I suspect many of your Christian brethren won’t. To say the article is about the “death of Christianity” is incorrect and a bit pessimistic.
From page 36: “Let’s be clear: while the percentage of Christians may be shrinking, rumors of the death of Christianity are greatly exaggerated.”
The article actually discusses the decline of Christianity in our country and theorizes that this has occurred due to the lack of distinction between church and state.
While arguing that the influence of either too much secularism or too much religion creates imbalance in the political system, Meacham reminds the reader that “As crucial as religion has been and is to the life of the nation, America’s unifying force has never been a specific faith, but a commitment to freedom – not least freedom of conscience.” In simpler terms, our Founding Fathers neither envisioned nor intended to create America as a strictly Christian Nation, but rather as one in which each citizen had freedom and liberty.
I infer from this that the author sees a correlation between Christianity’s decline and how religious conservatives have long used politics to force their morals and values on the public. It’s easy to see why secular society, resenting attempts by Christian political leaders to forcibly remove Constitutional liberties (a woman’s right to choose, the right of same-sex couples to wed, the need for stem cell research funding, etc.) would want to distance itself from Christianity.
I also speculate that though they may never realize it, the Christ-Con’s sole saving grace is their failure to accomplish their over-arching aim: to rebuild the bulwark of 1950’s Christian America. Had they succeeded in stamping out all beliefs and practices that don’t coincide with their own, it wouldn’t be long before another group rose to power and did the same to them. And schadenfreude aside, that would be a bad for us all.
Oppression of anyone is oppression of everyone.
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Posted in Queer Perspectives, tagged Adam and Eve, Adam and Steve, Bible, Christianity, Evangelism, Fundamentalism, Gay, Gay Marriage, Gay Rights, GLBT, God, Holy Word, Iowa, Jesus, Jesus Christ, LGBTI, One Man One Woman, Queer, Religion, Religious Tolerance, Scripture, The Gay Agenda on April 3, 2009|
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Iowa is now the third state in the U.S. to affirm the basic human dignity of committed lesbian and gay couples by recognizing their right to marry. Iowa Supreme Court Justice Mark Cady deserves commendation at the highest level for recognizing and acting upon the need to strengthen the separation between church and state.
The beauty and sanctity of religion is diminished when it’s used to hurt people. Until they “get” this, evangelical Christians will continue to witness an exodus from their ranks and the crumbling of their antiquated institution.
How would Jesus feel about these signs? Would he agree they further his messages of love, charity, and forgiveness? I doubt it, somehow.
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