Sunday, March 31, 2013


Since it's Easter today, I guess a post on religion would be pertinent. However, since it's late and I'm tired and grouchy, I think I'll put Jimmy Carter's decision to leave his religion because of its gender inequality here for your consideration. It's pretty interesting and makes some good points, including the following:

"This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women’s equal rights across the world for centuries.
The truth is that male religious leaders have had - and still have - an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world. This is in clear violation not just of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but also the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, Moses and the prophets, Muhammad, and founders of other great religions - all of whom have called for proper and equitable treatment of all the children of God. It is time we had the courage to challenge these views."

Aw. Thanks, Jimmy.

Also, here's a nice article about the first Thai woman to be ordained as a Buddhist monk. She heads a female temple in Thailand--built buy women, for women. I want to go to there. She says, "Religion is never complete without the participation of women." What a great lady!

As you can tell, I have a fairly strong investment in religion, and am trying to figure out a way to reconcile that with how it's traditionally been very problematic and detrimental to women in particular. Anyway, that's what I've been thinking about this Easter. Have a good week!

Oh, also, I'm writing a paper on Naomi Shihab Nye's political and environmental works. Here's one of my favorites.


Relative to our plans for your country,
we will blast your tree, crush your cart,
stun your grocery.
Amen sisters and brothers,
give us your sesame legs,
your satchels, your skies.
Freedom will feel good
to you too. Please acknowledge
our higher purpose. Now, we did not see
your bed of parsley. On St. Patrick's Day
2003, President Bush wore a blue tie. Blinking hard
he said, "reckless aggression."
He said, "the danger is clear."
Your patio was not visible in his frame.
Your comforter stuffed with wool
from a sheep you knew. He said, "We are
against the lawless men who
rule your country, not you." Tell that
to the mother, the sister, the bride,
the proud boy, the peanut-seller,
the librarian careful with her shelves.
The teacher, the spinner, the sweeper,
the invisible village, the thousands of people
with laundry and bread, the ants tunneling
through the dirt.

-Naomi Shihab Nye (You and Yours)

1 comment:

  1. Not going to lie, when you put "buy women for women" I thought you meant that they purchase woman as lesbian slaves at this all woman monastary. Then I reread it and saw "built buy women for women" I realized you had only made a grammatical mistake. Haha xD