Dispatches From The War On Women: Nuns The New Radical Feminists

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The leadership of the Catholic Church has emerged as the driving force behind the never-ending attacks on women’s rights in this country and across the globe. They’ve also shown a willingness to clean house of any dissenters, especially if those dissenters are women. Most recently the Vatican reprimanded American nuns for being too focused on the poor and not focused enough on opposing gay marriage and abortion. It’s part of a larger inquisition by Pope Benedict XIV into the activities of American nuns or anyone who speaks out against against the bishops in their crusade against affordable health care.

Minnesota Republicans
advanced two abortion bills despite the fact that Gov. Mark Dayton (D) is all but certain to veto them.

An Oklahoma lawsuit challenges the off-label use of abortion drugs just a few weeks after a judge ruled the state’s mandatory ultrasound bill unconstitutional. The lawsuit doesn’t challenge the universal and common practice of doctors prescribing off-label uses of drugs, just when that practice is used by doctors related to abortion.

Louisiana proposes a bill to force women listen to an embryonic heartbeat before having an abortion.

Missouri pushes the mother of all abortion regulation bills. Republicans in the state have attempted to combine RU-486 restrictions with new rules on admitting privileges and other standards for doctors who provide abortions to bring us all SuperTRAP.

It’s becoming clear that “pro-life” means “pro-imprisonment.”

The push for civil unions in Colorado marches on while in Tennessee the “don’t say gay” bill is one step closer to becoming law.

House Republicans slashed food stamps just because they can while a new study shows that low income housing is tied to low success in school.

Apparently not even six-figure salaries attract men to care work but CNN asks, where have all the women’s jobs gone?

The National Organization for Women is getting serious about getting Rush Limbaugh off the air.

Need a pick me up? Try this video of Vice President Joe Biden discussing the need for Congress to renew the Violence Against Women Act.

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Nancy Davison
Nancy Davison4 years ago

Diane, lovely post. May you continue to serve in your chosen field, and yes, let the Catholic nuns continue to do their work, as well.

Diane A.
Diane Asenoguan4 years ago

To Ron and Nancy, I dont really think that this article is aimed at a persons private beliefs., so maybe the Nuns should be allowed to do their work, because they have married Christ and as such follow his and Gods wishes. This work is usually of a good nature and although I am not a believer of the Catholic faith at all, these nuns invariably are very good chairty workers, and devote themselves to caring for the less fortunate in our world.
Spritual and other forms of enlightenment, are very private affairs, and I hope that both Ron and Nancy reach their goals in this. For me I am happy to try and be a change manager, to try and fight for the oppressed, starved and persecuted, and for the health of our planet. God knows I am in the right African country to start, even at a one person level. Let the nuns do their work I say

Nancy Davison
Nancy Davison4 years ago

Ron, you're right, I don't accept the concept that Christ died for our sins, but I think you misunderstand the much vaster purpose for his reappearance. It has nothing to do with personal "salvation", it has to do with furthering the evolution of consciousness, the spiritual evolution that has been taking place on this planet for millions of years.

The only way Christ is a "saviour" is that he was the first human being to achieve enlightenment, and thus he opened the way for the rest of us. It has nothing to do with sin or disobeying God or anything of that sort. We're liberated from such stultifying concepts, and are looking forward to the rest of this New Age we've just begun.

When Christ came the last time, at the beginning of the Piscean Era, he brought the concept of Love, and showed us that we are all divine, that the divine Life lives in each of us. That's the light that's been hidden "under a bushel" - that is, hidden in the folds of these vehicles we wear and use during each incarnation, the physical, emotional and lower mental natures. When we allow the Soul light to shine through these natures then they go on automatic, doing what we, the Soul, choose to do and accomplishing a great deal. We can do this because Christ, and before that incarnation, Krishna, showed us the way. He didn't do it for us, he simply demonstrated the possibilities.

Nancy Davison
Nancy Davison4 years ago

Ron, I definitely, as you say, recognize that we are in a New Age. In fact, Christ said that he would reappear at the end of the old age and the beginning of the new. To assume that I don't accept Christ is a mistake on your part. The New Age will be another era within which the Christ will anchor another divine aspect.

Buddha anchored the aspect of Wisdom during his last incarnation, and Christ anchored the aspect of Love two thousand years ago. When he reappears he will, we're told, anchor the aspect of Synthesis, the third leg of that divine triplicity of energies.

In fact, Ron, there are meditations that many of us do every week to prepare for the reappearance of the Christ. And it's not at all necessary to be a nominal Christian to participate.

Nancy Davison
Nancy Davison4 years ago

Richard, I'm with you as far as there being no powerful "bad guy" seeking to lead us astray. I'm tempted to laugh uproariously whenever I hear that one. There is, as far as I'm concerned, only the One Life, and any evil that occurs within That will have to be resolved within That. The best we can do, imo, is to live our lives in right human relations and goodwill and seek to see the One in all those with whom we have our daily dealings. That's why many of us use the greeting, "Namasté", which means "I salute the divinity within you, the same divinity that is within me."

Richard Zane Smith

Thanks Nancy,
As a traditional Wyandot I participate in Longhouse ceremonies .we never argue about religion. But if some evangelist decided to stand up in the middle of the longhouse and start preaching a Christian or Muslim world view ...we'd firmly escort them out.

I wish there was more tolerance ,as you have shared, and enough honesty from people to preface their convictions with "i personally believe the Bible is Gods word"
or "I personally follow the teachings in the Koran"...it would be so much more respectful.

I'm hopeful that in time , with more and more evidence coming to light ,hopefully people will research the "beliefs" they've embraced and they might stop assuming everyone must believe just like they do or else they are "fooled by the devi!"...well, some of us just don't buy those scare tactics anymore. I just personally don't believe in an Omnipresent Bad Guy always trying to get us to doubt the founding fathers church doctrines...like the trinity.

Nancy Davison
Nancy Davison4 years ago

Richard, thanks for your thoughts. What I do know is that the path I'm on is the right one for me, and it gets better every day. What I also know is that there is no "one way" or "one, true religion", there never has been and there never will be. Our Christian and Jewish and Muslim and Buddhist - etc - neighbors, friends and family have chosen their paths, and more power to them. I can't even say they're wrong, because they've chosen what works for them, and that's exactly what I've done, and what I hope everyone will be willing to do.

The idea that women who disagree with the patriarchal demands in any of the monotheistic religion would be laughable if it weren't so dangerous. They, the male monotheists who feel threatened by women who think for themselves, seem to be doing everything they can to put that genie back in the bottle. I have news for them. It's too late.

Richard Zane Smith

Christians chose to believe a belief.
they swallow a belief package taught to them...complete with dogmas, doctrines, denominational or non-denominational strings all put in place by "professional" Church people. Christians are baffled and can't understand that some of us actually moved through Christianity and come through the other side...into the light... The only thing they can say is "well! you mustn't have ever been a REAL Christian!" "if you don't accept the same truth as we do you MUST be wrong!"
The Pharisees said very much the same thing to Jesus. it just continues. The "righteous" pretend they see so as to convince themselves and others that THEY are no longer blind.

the religious don't like to be thought of as religious, instead they see themselves as RIGHT.
They'll just continue to say "God thinks this, God says this, God is angry about this..."
They speak as if their "belief" is represents reality ,even though it can't be verified.
I think its best not to put words in Gods mouth. We really don't actually KNOW do we?
People have always had a tendency to alter everything they hear, read, and translate.
And this seems to be a historical fact.

Nancy Davison
Nancy Davison4 years ago

Ron, that's your belief. There are many, many of us who don't share it.

Richard Zane Smith

Yes, Iona,
its true ,there's a wonderful gospel story about a Samaritan woman and Yeshua,asking her for water from the well.
Yeshua told her, Samaritans simply got some of their theology wrong. They were not Greeks or Romans(pagans) they were actually cousins of the same Abrahamic faith.
Evidently Samaritans were condemned by Jews the way Protestants and Catholics used to condemn each other. If you remember in the story about the Roman centurion Jesus was "astonished" that he displayed more faith than many of his own "chosen-people" in understanding how divine authority works. In other words the Roman had a BIGGER PICTURE than Yeshua's own "bible believers" ..but there is no evidence that the Roman ever "followed" Yeshua afterwards. He even sent the healed demoniac away when he WANTED to follow him.
According to the story Yeshua was very hard on a Canaanite woman who was desperate for a healing.His disciples were angry with her too. He referred to her kind, pagan Canannites, as wild dogs.She came back with a VERY strong challenge to his presumptions ,"even household puppies get some crumbs that fall from the table." wow ...what a challenge to a rabbi!
Christians have certainly put their own spin on interpreting this as "Jesus was obviously testing her" but that conclusion is simply inferred, not really built into the text.