Posts tagged ‘politics’
Even as I answer some male comments on this and other blogs, I feel that niggling worm of doubt, the one in every woman’s brain, telling me, “don’t offend them” “be a good girl” “don’t make the men mad” and then I began to realize that I’ve been so brainwashed by patriarchy that I fear my own thoughts! My gender has been brainwashed so well, that I don’t realize I’m self-censoring until long after the fact. I then think, “whoa! wait a minute! What do I care what a bunch of hypocritical mega-pastors or male pastor wanna-be’s or fundie male mouthpieces for the big P are going to think about me or what I post here?”
I mean, the self-censoring impulse is scary because it is so ingrained and unconscious. For those who never have to censor their own writing (ALL YOU big P(atriarchy) and F(fundie) C(hristian) MEN OUT THERE), they just wouldn’t understand what that means…
Fundamentalism in your country must be a real problem, people who fervently believe dogma are dangerous. Religion in Australia has been in decline for some time. The Romans are hanging on to their faithful while the protestants fade away. A few of the eastern religions have a toe in the water, but the population is predominately Apathetic. Fundamentalists are rightly considered as the lunatic fringe, though they do have a very minor political party, Family First associated with the AOG and others.
ephiphanist, check out this video for a glimpse into what we’re still dealing with in 21st Century America:
Today I read a column by Paul Krugman of the New York Times entitled, “For God’s Sake,” in which the writer points out all of the many ways the Religious Right (RR) has infiltrated almost every part of the American government – thanks in large part to the fact that Bush is so indebted to many of these extremists.
Krugman said, “The infiltration of the federal government by large numbers of people seeking to impose a religious agenda — which is very different from simply being people of faith — is one of the most important stories of the last six years. It’s also a story that tends to go underreported, perhaps because journalists are afraid of sounding like conspiracy theorists.”
It’s scary to think these extremists are controlling the strings of our politicians – all the way to the top within Congress and the White House. So many Americans are naïve enough to think their politicians are looking out for the good of the people, when in reality our elected officials are too often obliged to men like Pat Buchanan and Jerry Fallwell who have their own selfish agenda.
In response to Time Magazine’s new cover story “The Case for Teaching The Bible” by David Van Biema, I’d like to simply list a few of the stories and passages our children may be exposed to if the Bible is taught in Public Schools. In other words, let’s let the Bible speak for itself.
Not only will our children learn the beatitudes attributed to Jesus in Matthew, they’ll learn this one:
Psalms 137:8-9 O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed,
Happy is the one who repays you as you have served us!
Happy is the one who takes and dashes
Your little ones against the rock!
Our daughters will learn they are subjected to the boys in their class:
1 Corinthians 11:3 Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God…
The Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, General Pace (USMC) recently said that homosexual acts are immoral. According to the article, Pace said “I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts…” This is a personal opinion. Should personal opinion come into play when debating whether or not to support the thousands of gay troops, some of whom are fighting in Iraq?
I am tired of Christians labeling the gay lifestyle as immoral and using that to justify bigotry, intolerance and even hate-crimes. Why do they label it as immoral? The short answer is that the Bible says that homosexuality is a sin and therefore immoral…