Why We Need a Religion-Free Bible – Reason # 4: The Oppression of Women In The Name of God and Religion
Tomorrow (Wednesday, October 24th), The Religion-Free Bible Project is encouraging women to lend their support to the creation of the Religion-Free Bible (RFB). The RFB is being created and written as a “crowdsourcing” venture so that the voice of women can play a central part in shaping the paraphrase. For too long, women have been shut out of opportunities and positions of leadership and influence in religion, and The Religion-Free Bible Project wants to do something to change that.
– Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths, creating an environment in which violations against women are justified. The belief that women are inferior human beings in the eyes of God, gives excuses to the brutal husband who beats his wife, the soldier who rapes a woman, the employer who has a lower pay scale for women employees, or parents who decide to abort a female embryo.”
– former President Jimmy Carter
“One of my favorite fantasies is that next Sunday not one single woman, in any country of the world, will go to church. If women simply stop giving our time and energy to the institutions that oppress, they could cease to be.”
– Sonia Johnson
“Women are the only oppressed group in our society that lives in intimate association with their oppressors.”
– Evelyn Cunningham
“The original oppression of Woman was based on crude denigration. She caused Man to fall, so she became a scapegoat. No, not a scapegoat which might be blameless but a culprit richly deserving of whatever suffering Man chose thereafter to heap on her.”
– Chinua Achebe
“The whole tone of church teaching in regard to women is, to the last degree, contemptuous and degrading.”
– Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“The ritual denunciation of women constitutes something on the order of a cultural constant, reaching back to the Old Testament as well as to Ancient Greece and extending through the fifteenth century. Found in Roman tradition, it dominates ecclesiastical writing, letters, sermons, theological tracts, discussions and compilations of canon law; scientific works, as part and parcel of biological, gynaecological, and medical knowledge; and philosophy. The discourse of misogyny runs like a rich vein throughout the breadth of medieval literature.”
– R. Howard Bloch
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