Saturday, February 13, 2010

formspring.me: Religion

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What do you think of women who embrace religions (specifically Abrahamic ones), when they portray the role of women in such a disturbing way? (I hope its not a loaded question. I think you agree)
 
Well, it's kind of a loaded question. Aren't all religion questions a little loaded?

If a free woman who has the ability to choose her religious beliefs wants to embrace a religion that poorly portrays women or treats them as second-class, less than human, slaves, etc., that's really up to her, isn't it? I mean, some women don't have a choice, but I don't think that's what you're asking. For those who do, their religious beliefs are their own, and I may disagree 100 percent, just as they would disagree with me 100 percent, but who I am to say what she should or shouldn't believe in? I can explain why I think a religion or aspects of a religion are harmful or oppressive to the woman, and that's about it.

On the other hand, there are women who embrace such religions who are looking to better and improve how those religions treat women. That's a hard road to take, and I wish them luck. I think often times it isn't the actual religion, it's the interpretation and corruption of the religion that permits followers and leaders to think they're better than another part of society. Such as men are superior to women. Correcting that is nearly impossible.

There's so much about religion I have problems with. Treatment of women is right up at the top. I may not understand why a woman chooses to embrace a religion that seeks to control women or treats them poorly, but I'm guessing that woman has reasons for her beliefs. Education can help probably help in some cases, but there are plenty of educated women who believe in these religions. Plus, all kinds of people of all faiths don't follow every single tenet of that faith. People cherry-pick what they want to believe and what they don't. Some of that could be going on, too.

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