Posts tagged ‘Islam’
I was recently browsing through the book “When God was a Woman” by Merlin Stone. In this book, Stone gives a historical view on how men initially gained control of society and began the journey of suppressing women’s rights. Stone explores what life was like in a society which worshiped a female creator and why later male religions fought to suppress that earlier worship. I can’t help but wonder how different this world would be if God continued to be a woman instead of becoming a male warrior God who committed atrocities to make Hitler and Saddam’s actions pale in comparison.
In a previous blog “Humans owe their long existence to women – not men”, Stellar1 addressed the effects of women on the survival of humans:
According to anthropologist Robert Sussman of Washington University and co-author of the 2005 book “Man the Hunted,” early humans were more often prey than predators. The article says the evidence is in the “many fossils and skulls containing holes made by big cats and talon marks from raptors.”
Humanity as a whole has struggled with the issue of gender equity in the modern era. Combined with the teachings of the majority of the holy scriptures of today’s major religions, progress is slow in coming. Of course, there are nations classed as non-religious or secular nations where women are also viewed as second class citizens. However, I should point out that it is not their lack of religious beliefs driving this belief but more the views and traditions of that particular culture.
Similarly, theism itself does not classes women as second class citizens but the beliefs of specific theist religions. In fact, one can be a theist and believe in gender equity just as one can be an atheist and believe the opposite.
A core value of this blog is that we:
Afford the same access rights, privileges and power to both genders
This is a 2 hour video from UK’s Channel 4 entitled “Who wrote the Bible?” Since I’ve only watched the introduction so far, if you finish it before I do, please feel free to post a review.
Reader salahudin has replied to my Harmonization by Omission article with some fascinating perspectives on apostasy. Apparently, there is a small but growing movement among Muslims who seriously question their own faith. As an apostate Muslim from Pakistan, salahudin shares the perspectives of a skeptical freethinker that is a real eye-opener for me. Salahudin is a member and contributor of the blogsite towelianism, which is much like our own agnosticatheism site, but geared toward Islam. Check them out here:
Note how similar the objections to Islam are to the objections to Christianity. Also note how dissimilar it is…
Original Source: MapsOfWar
- The de-Convert
Granted, I have a bias (like everyone does) on this issue, and mine happens to be a Christian one. Yet, before any tenets of the arguments were discussed, the first thing I noticed was the anger – and this theme continued throughout the whole documentary. Perhaps they caught the atheists on a rough day, but I have never seen a group of people so consumed by anger. I truly feel bad for them. Unfortunately, this anger led to disrespect. Interestingly, the atheists were the ones sporting the “Holier than thou” attitude as it was evident through their remarks, reactions, and body language. The Christian debaters trumped the atheists in regards to civility.