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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Religion Pretends to Offer Choice to Women

Interestingly, I find myself following tweets about Michele Bachmann’s ideologies. I have been directed to the Reality Check website several times in the past few days. Information I am gleaning indicates that Bachmann’s is an anti-feminist movement of the Republican right wing of religious fanaticism. She and her followers are against abortions and against freedom for women in general. She promotes women’s strict biblical adherence to their husbandly wishes, which quickly translates to “loss of self.” She knows nothing of women’s rights beyond staying pregnant and barefoot. Maybe Michele herself is exempt somehow, but others are not so fortunate if they listen to her religious spiel.

Religion is quickly going backwards, not only in the eastern cultures such as Muslims, but now Christianity appears to be jumping on the fanatical bandwagon of “submissive women.”
When I first heard of Bachmann's movement, I thought surely women are smarter than to buy into such antiquated thinking.

When I read, I Spy With My Little "i" ... The Not-So-Subtle Misogyny of THE FAMiLY LEADER's Marriage Vow, I felt afraid for the vulnerable woman or girl who found herself with an unwanted pregnancy. If she walked into one of these pretend “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” she would be misled into needless delays in receiving an abortion, because at these “pretend” choice clinics, abortions are not provided. As many people know, the sooner an abortion is performed the better, and abortion is especially desirable within the first three months of pregnancy.

Michele’s husband, Marcel Bachmann lists himself as a clinical therapist, even though he is not registered anywhere as such, according to another article at the Reality Check’s Website. Nevertheless, the Bachmann’s fanatical religious family seems to promote the idea of being qualified based on scriptures Christians will use to "prove" that God is the entity that “qualifies” them. I know the scriptures, because this is also the view of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, another fanatical right wing fundamentalist religion who are against abortion. I know, because I am a past-member of that organization. If a young JW girl “got into trouble” her parents would take her to the elders for counseling. These elders have no professional qualifications, and are lucky if they have finished high school. No doctorates here. Just the Bible which they say is the “Sword of the Spirit” and the only weapon needed to overthrow Satan and his machinations (Ephesians 6:10-18). The JWs also quote 2 Timothy 3:16, 17: “All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.” These fanatical religions sincerely believe that the Bible alone can provide greater qualifications to counsel than any PhD.

If you want to know what changed my mind about the rightful place of abortion clinics, it is the touching story of a woman who found herself in a position of having to choose. While still in University, the young woman found herself pregnant and feeling completely unprepared for motherhood. She struggled within herself, but finally decided she would have an abortion. Several years went by and her circumstances changed. She found herself in a loving situation and chose to become pregnant again. Once the baby arrived, she realized it was the very same soul that was aborted earlier. The baby had simply delayed her arrival and was perfectly at ease with the mom’s decision to abort, seeming to understand at a “soul” level the reasons her mom made the difficult choice she did. The story emphasized to me the “healing” nature of the second pregnancy. The lesson in this for me was the inappropriateness of judging someone’s motives for choosing to terminate a pregnancy.

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  1. Thanks for doing the research on these fanatics and for voicing your thoughts. It scares me to no end knowing folks like this have the ear of so many. Let's hope that wiser minds prevail.

  2. I agree. It seems to me that it is arrogant to say to another, informed, adult, that you have superior knowledge and you have the right to override their personal decision. Deceitful, fraudulent behaviour, or statements, that are intended to manipulate are also arrogant and despicable. Furthermore, many issues extend beyond the scope of the conscious mind anyway, as you indicate.