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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Christian fundamentalism and it's similarities to fundamentalist Islam

I found this article on the Third World Traveler website. Called God's Warrior Twins, the author of this piece, Kimberly Blaker, discusses how the religious right of the United States is using the rise of fundamentalist Islam to justify their subjugation of the basic rights of the American citizen while trying to their own version of a state religion.
If you look at how women and children are treated in both societies, more similarities than differences will be found. Both societies are highly patriarchial and lend themselves to the systematic victimization of women. Under the rule of the Taliban, women could be beaten for something as simple as not wearing their burkas in public or wearing white socks. Honor killings by family members were not uncommon in Taliban society. Young boys as young as six years old were taken from their families and sent to religious schools called madrasah, where all they learned for three years was the Koran.
As for women in fundamentalist Christian families, until recently, they were required to follow a rather strict dress code which often made them uncomfortable. Abuse is more often than not pardoned and dismissed by the clergy when they ask for help from their clergymen. Often, women in fundamentalist Christian homes are not allowed to work outside the house. Christian fundamentalism is often more a predictor of possible child abuse than any other factor. Yes, the idea is to literally beat the Hell out of the children.
Fundamentalists, both Christian and Islamic, are trying to subvert the very core of what it means to be an American. Our country was founded on the ideals of religious freedom for all our people, contrary to popular belief, not on the principles of Judeo-Christian law. Thankfully, the most hypocritical, so-called Christian will soon be out of office. That would be POTUS, the President of the United States himself.
Our founding fathers were Freemasons who saw what state religions were doing to the continent of Europe and designed into the very Constitution of the United States the separation of the church and state, and that is how things should stay. If the fundamentalists have their way, that will not happen and the U.S. will slip into the Dark Ages while the rest of the world moves on.

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At 5:58 PM , Anonymous Grandma Braun said...

I beg to disagree with your entire thesis. First of all, the Bible does not teach that women are to be subjugated to their husbands and that the husband has the right to beat his wife into subjection, as does the Koran. In Christianity, the wife yields authority to make decisions for the good of the household voluntarily as the husband show the sacrificial love for her that Christ demonstrated by dying for His bride- the Church.
Also, if you examine world history, you will find that in most societies, the women were subjugated and treated as property until Christianity offered a much higher value of equality established by Christ. I was married for 46 years to a Christian man and thank the Lord continually for that privilege.
I pray you may read the Bible to get your information about Christianity and the elevated status that it affords women.
Also, it is not true that our country was founded upon Free Masonery. If you examine the documents of our founding Fathers, you will discover that our country's foundation was the Bible that teaches all men are created in the image of God and though the image has been marred by sin, we can't blame God or Christianity for those who deviate from the Truth.

At 1:19 PM , Blogger Diane said...

my two cents as a christian pastor: what grandma braun states is certainly a legitimate interpretation of wives submission in the Bible. As someone who has also worked with battered women, I do think that some (note some) fundamentalist Christians use these kinds of verses as an excuse for abuse; it's a dirty little secret in some churches and pastors and priests in the past have not called them on it because of the husband's "headship." I think this is getting better, but there is still a lot of work to do. I don't want to debate on the relative merits of Christainity/Islam; obviously, I am a Christian. My point in my own article had to do with when the state becomes involved in the church, it is to the detriment of both.

At 1:50 PM , Anonymous Mark E Flowers said...

I agree with the two women that posted on this topic. There are people that do not interpret the Bible correctly when it comes to women and their roles in the household. A woman is subject to her husband and she should be submissive to him, but the interepretation of submissiveness in the bible is "deep love and respect for" Not the submissiveness as the world perceives submissiveness. You have to study the bible and get a revelation of its word. Women should not be battered or beaten into submission. If the Man, being head of the house would love his wife as Christ loved the Church, she would fall into divine order of what God said of how husbands and wives should treat each other. Women who submit to their husbands, have a God-given power for following the Word of God. Read the book of Esther and it will tell you how highly favored she was to God and to her husband the King. Everytime she approached the King, he would grant her any petition that she wanted up to half of his kingdom and possessions. That is the power of submission to your husband.


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