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The sexism of Southern Baptists …

You know, I am all for people pursuing their religious beliefs, and practicing their beliefs and living  life as they see fit, but things like these piss the hell out of me.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1203/p20s01-ussc.html?page=2

It’s an article about a Texas university that’s offering classes on “being a good homemaker,” as part of sociology classes – although a Bible college, it’s still pretty disturbing – especially the quote below.

“Feminists are right to be concerned about how this agenda plays out among nominal Southern Baptists,” says Dr. Brad Wilcox, a sociologist at the University of Virginia. “But this model works quite well for traditional religious couples. Conservative, Protestant, churchgoing women are happier than other wives, generally, and their work around the home is more appreciated than that of women who are not married to churchgoing, Protestant men.” 

In short, what this class is teaching are the “roles” in which women must have  in the homes – that husbands are the bread winners, and wives are supposed their roles and “submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband.” At this divinity college, women are learning to be homemakers, and the majority of the staff members are men. It’s also a theological college, but as the patriarchy would have it, none of the women are allowed to pursuit those divinity degrees. Why? Because God said so. Essentially, these people are saying at men and women have different roles, and it’s not interchangeable – that they’re equal under the eyes of God, but the women must submit to their husbands, and be “discreet, chaste homemakers.”What the fuck? Doesn’t that sound eerily like “separate, but equal?” As we all know, separate but equal isn’t.

 I support religion, and I believe that in the end, people are responsible for their own search of the truth …but when said beliefs and “truths,” are used to push women back into the private sphere, while men are still the movers and shakers of the world, I have a problem with that. I have a problem with treating women like servants, as if they’re not intelligent or capable enough to do the jobs that men have been “assigned” to be the public spheres.

More importantly, it gives men an excuse to not share the division of labor that women endure in the private sphere. Let’s face it – cleaning the toilet, doing laundry and accomplishing the mundane bullshit of life aren’t exactly exciting for most people. Somehow, to claim that women naturally enjoy cleaning toilets is just an insult to them.  

At the end of the day, these Southern Baptists can claim religion as an excuse for their practice, but in truth, I’ll call it what it is: sexist, discriminatory, archaic and misogynistic.Women aren’t objects. They’re people – the same people as men, and should be afforded every opportunity to do what they want, instead of what the patriarchal, religious and sexist institution wants them to do. Anyone who thinks otherwise is sexist and probably an idiot … 

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40 days of anti-choice protest

Since Sept. 26, anti-choicers, in an effort to bring to light the “tragic” facts of abortion, have protested at abortion clinics and Planned Parenthood everywhere, with the intentions of changing the minds of those who have reached the decision to terminate a pregnancy. As well, they intend on making their voices known – as a way to influence politicians hoping to get elected, to climb on their bandwagon.

See: http://www.40daysforlife.com/about.cfm

Where are we as pro-choicers? We’re silent. We’re sitting there and staring back, as if the right to choose is something that’s secured for every woman, everywhere.

Although their protests are built-up as silent vigils, any of you who’ve escorted patients to an abortion clinic know it’s not true. Often times, it’s loud, obnoxious and in violation of a woman’s right to choose. Their tactics are uncanny, extreme and can be very upsetting.

I don’t mind dialogue, and I don’t have a problem with people who share different ideologies than ours. But when the revert to name calling and carrying signs with pictures of aborted fetuses, the dialogue is gone, and there’s nothing left but pure passion – that kind of passion that tears America apart, rather than heals us as a nation.

So, I am asking you – the pro-choicers whom I’ve grown to know and love, to volunteer your time at various clinics, acting as a cushion between the religious wrong, and the women who need our compassion and love – not judgment and insults.

Pro-lifers often want to be vocal about their ideals – yet they don’t want to take actions. They want to raise signs and call names, and pray for everyone, but they would never take the time to adopt. Only if they’d stop for one second and think about it – they’d know that Planned Parenthood is more than just about abortions – it’s about responsible parenting.

Let’s show them we can take a higher road. Let’s volunteer at these places, not as counter-demonstrators, but as those who are there to love and support – as those might not ever understand the decision of an abortion, but have chosen to honor the sacredness the decision between a woman, her family and her God.

Let’s be the shining of examples of what it means to love and accept. Let’s volunteer at a Planned Parenthood today.



Working with the religious right!

Before I start on my note, I have a Public Service Announcement to make: these puppies were found in the middle of the street a few days ago. They need homes. If you want one, let me know. I’ve got the hook up.

This morning, I am proud to announce a new social service project I’d been working on, set to kick off Monday – as it was the day Columbus found the new world – and it is my hope that with the new project, a we will find our new world as well. I’d love for you to join me.

For the last few weeks, as many of you know, I’ve been working hard in reaching out to the religious right to find common grounds on issues we can work together, toward a better world.

We may have found such with a Christian co-worker, who — although we have very little in common, shares my passion for wanting to change the world. This Monday, we will be in Hampton Roads neighborhoods with homeless persons, to clean up the neighborhoods. The idea is to hire these homeless persons for about three or four hours, to go around with bags and cleaning up the neighborhoods. I see this as a project that can be expanded from Hampton Roads to other areas, including Washington, D.C., once I relocate.

This project works for many reasons: first and foremost – it allows homeless people to earn money and a sense of worth. Secondly, it makes our community look much nicer, and is an environmental project. But most importantly, it’s the first step in uniting the religious right and the social liberals, encouraging them to work together toward a better America.

At the end of the day, the right cares about America very much – just as much as we do, but because of the gap in cultural differences, we’ve been removed in one another’s lives. This project is the first step of many, to bring the two sides together for a good cause.

I realize that to change the world, we must do so in a political sense. But the personal is political, and we must start uniting in a personal sense before we can do so in a political sense.

My goal for this is to start with Hampton Roads and eventually expand, bringing student groups and religious organizations together. If successful, we will apply for non-profit status, and I hope, become an NGO one day. In working together, perhaps we’ll be able to see one another has fellow human beings, rather than the enemy. Then, and only then, can we start to work together in other spheres, to make the world a better place.

I know many of you will be reluctant to do this, because of your past history with religion, which might have been hurtful to you. But let me say this – at the end of the day – it isn’t about you – it’s about what we can do to make America a better place. We all hurt – but there are others who are hurting more. It’s important to put our feelings and differences aside, so we can ease the pain of those other people.

If you are interested in helping on Monday, let me know. If you want to do this in your area, let’s work together – because we all do better when we work together!