the war against women

As one whose values were established in my college days during the 1970’s, the views on the Right about women, women’s health, and women’s rights is an anathema to everything I believe. Susan Russell really nails it here.

Oh Lord Not that again
Didn’t we do that in the 70’s
when we were women and you heard us roar
and we got in touch with our bodies and ourselves
and we grew up to be priests and bishops
and doctors and lawyers
and Secretaries of State and Studio Heads
… and here we are again watching our rights be questioned
and our choices be challenged
in the name of religious liberty
and in response to a fictitious
War on Religion.

3 Comments on “the war against women”

  1. stan chaz says:

    I’VE HAD ENOUGH! In this Holy War on Religion, of Religion, and by Religion- I SURRENDER! ‘Cause I’m a lover, not a fighter.  Instead…I’m gonna start my OWN religion, and get in on the good stuff: tax exemptions, and lots of taxpayer money to do what I want, in the name of religious liberty. Most definitely! Hey NEWT -wanna join? We’re gonna have open marriages and multiple wives and all SORTS of neat stuff that you’re just gonna love! But don’t you worry Newt: we’ll have no -I repeat- NO nasty stoning of adulterers in OUR religion. None of that stuff. I Promise! As for SANTORUM, he just LOVES to tell other people how they should live. He’ll make us a REAL fine preacher-man. In fact, if he joins we’ll make him Saint Santorum….AND fix his Google search results! As for Mr. Obama,  it’s obvious that we’ll need to (severely) demonize him, even further. And …why not..his dog Toto too. Last but not least: MITT and RON. Hmmm. Hey, I know. Just for you two guys: if you join, we’ll insist on NO TAXES AT ALL for our members.
    By the way, please don’t mention the REASON that Mitt Romney’s dad was born in Mexico (i.e. The fact is that Mitt’s Mormon grand-dad left the United States in the 1880’s. He went to Mexico BECAUSE laws against polygamy were passed in the U.S. ; And being a Mormon back then, Mitt’s grand-dad just wanted to keep his multiple wives. Hey, who wouldn’t?) Therefore, if we follow the “logic” of the people crying crocodile tears about a non-existent “war on religion”, then the U.S. should have allowed polygamy (and who knows what else) just because a particular religion claimed it as their cherished belief. GIVE ME A BREAK! Or better yet… a TAX-break…for my new religion!
    Seriously: The bottom line is that absolutely NO ONE is coming into our Churches or places of worship and trying to tell believers what to believe…..or forcing them to use contraception. BUT If the Bishops (and other denominations) want to continue running businesses that employ millions of people of varying faiths -or no “faith” at all- THEN they must play by the same rules and rights that other workers have and enjoy (…especially if their businesses use our tax dollars (and skip paying taxes) in the process). This is not a “war on religion”. Never was. It’s a war BY religion.. on women and men who simply want to plan their families and control their future, and keep their jobs and health insurance. Now that’s REAL religious liberty!
    p. s. I come from a religious background. I know that their are MANY good people out there in various faiths (and outside of those faiths)…many good people searching for answers, searching for community, searching for a way….in this all-too-harsh world. There’s only one thing I can say to you: think for yourself, be yourself, trust yourself. Don’t just accept something because it comes from a “voice of authority”. Ultimately, YOU are responsible for your life. That’s why you have a conscience: to choose, not just to follow….

  2. Tahoe Mom says:

    Yes, she does nail it! Oh, Mike, I am So Frustrated. And just a little bit scared. I said I was only going to post one political “rant” this election season and I may have to put in another one or more. This is truly frightening. Thanks for posting this – I may borrow it.

  3. […] you saw my quote from Susan Russell last week on the war against women and appreciated the truth she was conveying, […]

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