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Entries in fundamentalism (5)

Tuesday
Mar082011

Women's Bodies Suffer Under Immoral Gazes of Righteous Men

Lisa Catherine Brown

Transparency About My Bias

I completed the Pew Research Survey Anne has posted on AOC and my results confirmed what I already know about myself:  I am more accepting of changes in family structure than 97% of the public.

Yes, this progressive married mom with four kids and a happy husband living in Michigan is an open-minded woman willing to explore new ideas and ways of thinking. In fact, I am more progressive than Anne, making us a good balance for each other.


Less intimidating, put this way – my response indicates that I am an ACCEPTER along with 31% of the American public. From this perspective, I am far from alone in accepting change in societal norms, values and judgments.

Artist unknown

The Modesty Survey

Yesterday I came across a survey disturbing to me in many ways – The Modesty Survey, a project of Rebelution, Timothy 4:12, a teenage revolution against low standards.

In case you don’t want to dust of your bible here is the Timothy 4:12 passage that Rebelution includes in it’s title graphic:

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Tuesday
Sep212010

New Perspective: Religious Life in the Tenth Parallel

Soldiers stand guard after December 2008 post-election riots in central Nigeria leave hundreds dead.Updated: Sept. 21, 2010

At least 10,000 Nigerians have died during Christian-Muslim violence during the past decade. The most populous country in Africa, Nigeria is evenly divided between Christians and Muslims.

Eliza Griswold, who has spent the last five years traveling to Nigeria to examine the causes of religious violence, explores the fact the Muslims and Christians in Africa are involved in a numbers game, in her book “The Tenth Parallel”.

The tenth parallel north, the line of latitude seven hundred miles north of the equator, is the defining metaphor of our time, according to Griswold.

An ideological front line stretching across two continents and nineteen countries, this is where Christianity and Islam collide—a profound encounter that shapes the lives of more than a billion people. It’s not just geographic; it’s demographic.

Hear Griswold explain the fundamentals of her views in this Blogging Heads interview withNell Freudenberger.

The Tenth Parallel

Griswold offers thinking people a new context for understanding what’s going on in our world, at a time when big words like poverty, religious conflict or global development are ambiguous, overwhelming concepts.

While CNN focuses on Nigeria — the most visible paradigm of a self-destructive country breeding terrorists like Uman Farouk AbdulMutallab — Griswold directs our attention to the tenth parallel north. She also puts religion front and center as the major influence in this zone.

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Wednesday
Mar172010

Fundamentalists Fight Women's Rights Far Beyond Israel

It’s not the case that Haaretz.com is our go-to website for news on Israel. They just come up in our Google News searches. Good SEO and writing in English, I assume.

Researching the status of women in Israel yesterday, trying to understand the composition of the Israeli Knesset, the article Bill would reward parties that boast more women appeared.

The read brings to mind the Fundamentalist Conservatives in Egypt denying the rights of women to become judges, now thrown out by Egypt’s supreme court, but with another attempt at reconciliation scheduled for next week.

via Flickr’s Belgian_Sun_FlowerWomen’s Reservation Bill in India

I’m thinking also about last week’s vote in India on the Women’s Reservation Bill, delayed with fighting and a floor sit-in by seven Conservative members of India’s Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament), now expelled by their Janata Dal-United party.

Note the decisive action taken against the seven members in India. For once bad boys paid the price: expulsion from the group.

Yes, I know their argument was framed around a desire for quotas for members of different castes, and also religious quotas for Muslims, Hindus and presumably other religous affiliations. 

Women’s rights will always be last in the minds of many men who believe we deserve none. At least in India, the men tried to disguise their determination to keep women out of politics by arguing for a broad blanket of quotas.

India’s Women’s Reservation Bill has moved to the Lok Sabha, the India’s Lower House of Parliament, where the same foes will fight its passage. Attempts to reduce the quota from 33% to 20% female representation have failed. The bill remains undiluted and is expected to pass.

In America where you would never know that abortion is legal, listening to the patriarchy on television saying that they answer to God and the Vatican — not the US Supreme Court — there’s a reasonable chance that a health care bill will pass.

The Vatican Strong-arms America

Perhaps the Vatican will not prevail in dictating America’s health care for women from Nancy Pelosi’s office, surely one of the most scandalous moments in American history. Given the Vatican’s pitiful record on women’s rights worldwide, I was chilled to the bone by their aggressive move against American women.

The Vatican’s concerns are on breeding new Catholics, not women’s health and wellness. The rights of a fully-grown woman with an IQ of 180 — the next Albert Einstein — are of lesser value to the Catholic patriarchy, than an unfertilized egg and wandering sperm.

Having their own hands full with errant bad boys doing far more harm to God’s creatures than I ever will, I’m in no mood for Catholic lectures on female morality.

Hopefully, I’ve made it clear that I have no ax to grind with Israel, more than any other patriarchy in the world. As US Commender of our forces in the Middle East Gen. Petraeus testified yesterday, the dispute between Israel and its neighbors does have an “enormous effect” on other regional issues.

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Wednesday
Mar102010

Fundamentalism, Free Speech & The Jihadist

Colleen LaRose, aka Jihad Janehttp://bit.ly/9p1RGr

Trapped at MuslimConverts.com

Ironically, I’m held hostage — metaphorically-speaking — at the MuslimConverts.com website, Google’s top choice for the search ‘Muslim converts+veil’.  Perhaps Google should serve up a better option than this one.

My arrival seeks to confirm my belief that disproportionate numbers of women who convert to Islam choose to wear full coverage clothing. This possibility came up in July 2009 when Anne of Carversville first began its dialogue about burqas.

We heard from many Muslim women who wore niqab or burqa — often against the wishes of their Muslim husbands or his family. That dialogue was rich, fruitful, loving and I’ve remained friends with some of the women.

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Tuesday
Dec222009

"Women of the Wall" Protest Exclusion from Praying at Jerusalem's Western Wall

Supporters of a group of religious activists called Women of the Wall gathered at the holy site in Jerusalem for prayers on Friday. Conservative Jew Nofrat Frenkel, 28 and a fifth year medical student, was the first woman to be arrested last month on Nov. 18th, during prayers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Her crime was wrapping herself in a tallit or fringed prayer shawl, a ritual garment traditionally worn only by men.

The Women of the Wall, who meet for prayers at the Kotel at the start of every Hebrew month, are at the vanguard of a feminist struggle in Orthodox Judaism. via NYTimes

The group prayed in large numbers last Friday, the first day of the Hebrew month of Tevet. “We are pushing the envelope. History is made of moments like this,” said nat Hoffman, chairwoman of Women of the Wall, which was founded in 1988.

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