Sexism in Protestantism

Inequality in the Christian Church Many people think that the Christian Church is sexist. It does not treat men and women equally. The teaching of St Paul is often quoted to support the way some churches today treat women. From the extracts below, it would seem that he believed that the role of women was different to that of men, and secondary to it. St Paul said: Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to enquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 Now I want you to realise that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonours his head. And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonours her head – it is just as though her head were shaved. If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head. A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. 1 Corinthians 11:3-7 [For women] the very consciousness of their own nature must evoke feelings of shame.–Saint Clement of Alexandria, Christian theologian...

Sexism in Catholicism

Catholicism Undervalues Women by Frank Bruni MAY 6, 2015 Like a Pringles vendor sounding an alarm about obesity, Pope Francis fashioned himself a feminist last week. You are not reading The Onion. It was an epic mismatch of messenger and message, and I say that as someone who is thankful for this pope, admires him greatly and believes that a change of tone even without a change in teaching has meaning and warrants celebration. But a change of tone in defiance of fact should be flagged (and flogged) as such. And neither Pope Francis nor any other top official in the bastion of male entitlement known as the Vatican can credibly assert concern about parity between the sexes. Their own kitchen is much too messy for them to call out the ketchup smudges in anybody else’s. Francis actually went beyond concern. He vented outrage, calling it a “pure scandal” that women didn’t receive equal pay for equal work. He left out the part about women in the Roman Catholic Church not even getting a shot at equal work. Pay isn’t the primary issue when you’re barred from certain positions and profoundly underrepresented in others. Pay isn’t the primary issue when the symbolism, rituals and vocabulary of an institution exalt men over women and when challenges to that imbalance are met with the insistence that what was must always be — that habit trumps enlightenment and good sense. Let’s be clear. For all the remarkable service that the Catholic Church performs, it is one of the world’s dominant and most unshakable patriarchies, with tenets that don’t abet equality. For women to...

Sexism in the BIBLE: chapter and verse!

“Sexism in the BIBLE” Sexism in Judaism (old Testament) Genesis 3:16 Says that all women must suffer great pains during child-birth due to Eve eating the fruit of knowledge. (As if it is somehow just those humans should not pay for their ancestor’s sins nor is a woman dying in labor somehow befitting of a crime she did not commit.) The verse finishes of by saying a husband shall “rule” over his woman, stripping us off all power in between the sexes. Genesis 19:8 Tells of a man named Lot who offers his daughters to a crowd of would be angel rapers. Later, Lot impregnated his own daughters after God kills his wife for simply looking back at the remains of her city. Genesis 38:16-24 Tells a very interesting story of a man named Judah whom lived with his widowed daughter in law. His daughter in law was grieving and wearing the veils of mourning which Judah (a rather stupid man) mistook for the clothing of a prostitute. He ended up impregnating his daughter in law and she left the city. On a later date Judah sees the young woman again and demanded she be burned for being a prostitute (I like how only the woman is punished when THEY BOTH engaged in the sexual act). It wasn’t until Judah recognized the woman as his daughter in law and she was with his child, which he decided not to kill her. Basically, Judah can commit incest, use a prostitute (in his mistaken perception), and impregnate a MUCH younger woman, yet he thinks she is the one deserving of death....

The word FAITH?

The word FAITH?   “first off, I nether need, use or value it”   Some people may try and say but we can use faith without religion like saying “I have faith in humanity.” To me, the word faith is paramount to a feeling/emotion, it has no “evidence” value in the acquisition of knowledge of the establishing of truth nor does it in itself explain what the feeling is one is referring to. Humans are emotional pattern seeking beings that like to attach beingness to non being things, experiences or feelings which is why there is both beliefs in ghosts and gods. But we need to see the truth that this is just unfounded emotionalism that no matter how real it can seem even when we want to believe it is not real. Remember you just cant wish things into reality. Your feelings just don’t makes things real. Let’s take the statement I have faith in humanity. What is the thing you are expressing in the emotional word faith as it could be positive or negative it is incomplete as faith is not a complete expression: such as saying “I have faith in humanity” could be I have faith in humanity and its need to destroy itself or I have faith in humanity as a self-destructive self-centered entity. faith in, hope in, belief in, guessing in, wishing in, desire in, expectation in, wanting in, etc. Faith is unnecessary there are better words with more meaning and less confusion or religious undertones.  Theists like to claim I cannot see the truth of theism, because I don’t have faith. Believing in the...

Australia & Aboriginal Religion

Australia & Aboriginal Culture Australian Aboriginal Prehistoric Sites The earliest evidences for life on Earth from Australia is 3.48 billion years old only slightly bet by 3.7 billion years old from Greenland. 500,000 Years Ago – Canberra (Australia), found zigzag pattern engraved on shells likely by Homo erectus showing that they were capable of producing things seeming to hold abstract thought. Also found was a polished shell that may have been used as a cutting or scraping tool, itself demonstrating the technological use of varied items. These finds could be needed evidence, which is like a doorway into cognitive advancements in creativity long before modern humans. 75,000 – 55,000 Years Ago – (Australia), found evidence that the Aborigines are descendants of people who left Africa, before Asians and Europeans became distinct groups. Moreover, genetic analysis and archaeological evidence has shown Aborigines inhabited Australia for 55,000 years and human remains dated to about 45,000 years ago found near Lake Mungo help further support this conclusion. 60,000 Years Ago – Lake Mungo (Australia) found mitochondrial DNA evidence from a 60,000 year-old-male so primitive that it raises questions some believed recent African origin for humans showing we may need to rethink how we came to be modern humans. A main theory multiregionalism, which suggests that people coming from Africa interbred with earlier humans already living in in other places. Of course, these earlier humans “our ancestors” first arose in Africa, then around 100,000 years ago or so then spread throughout the world and subsequent later humans mixed with the more primitive humans leading to us. While the “Out of Africa” is, most...