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

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

Welcome to Dispatches, your round-up of the latest news from the frontlines of the War on Women. Have a story from your state or an idea on how to push back? Share them here and fight back against the War on Women.

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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11:46AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

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.

9:42AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

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

9:49AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

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.

9:41PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Yeah ...i understand that Nancy.I have been on Care2 for a while now and read the spiritual issues .I understand more now about "new Age " thinking than I did before reading care2 articles.But I think you misunderstand me when I said ..you don't place the importance of Christ to humanity.He is Saviour to Christians because we recognise why we need Him.In fact He is Saviour to ALL peope except all people do not acept Him and that is my concern.It is not that it is "taught "to us as Richard says but a personal decision....big difference.We are NOT brainwashed which is what it would be if we do not accept the spiritualty of Him for ourselves.But New Age thinkers,although they know Christ lived,do not accept the reason for His coming.That is what I mean by importance.And at His 2nd coming,believers are not left on earth and He makes that very clear.It is that aspect that believers are concerned about for all who don't know Him.However,it is still all about choice as He intended for He wants us to choose rather than end up as puppets.You also do not believe Satan exists but that is the choice we make...who we follow...Christ or Satan and eternity depends on that.We pray about that because eternity is forever.Everyone does believe something...even atheists who say mankind is supreme.

8:57PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

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.

8:38PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

your right Nancy it is my view because I believe in Christ.and I do respect the views of those who don't think the same as myself even if i don't agree ith them.Richard is merely expressing his view too but in my opinion it is based only on his own opinion.He and I have had similar disagreement before.But every one is responsible for their own personal standing.Before and this time Richard introduced the disagreements by arguing against my own instead of putting his own view.So I proceed to express what I believe because I get my view based on God's word.Ok,so many don't beleive in God's word...that is their prerogative Richard also says he doesn't believe in some "omnipresent bad guy".Well,neither do I for the devil is not omnipresent...God only is.My conviction comes because of the actual spiritual connection with God and not of my own mindful opinion.The spirit of God is constantly at work within each believer because we are talking of the spirit and not merely of the mind/brain.We are spiritual beings created in God's image...ie spirit.The times of the patriarchal belief being the paths are past for Christ has fulfilled the law that they abided by as the only way.Now is the time of "grace "And that is not religion at all....He introduces us to new life as the "2nd Adam" You have "New Age" thinking which does not recognise as does Richard the importance of Christ to mankind.Then, as you say,you are making your own choice.And I do not say that from intolerance.

8:36PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

your right Nancy it is my view because I believe in Christ.and I do respect the views of those who don't think the same as myself even if i don't agree ith them.Richard is merely expressing his view too but in my opinion it is based only on his own opinion.He and I have had similar disagreement before.But every one is responsible for their own personal standing.Before and this time Richard introduced the disagreements by arguing against my own instead of putting his own view.So I proceed to express what I believe because I get my view based on God's word.Ok,so many don't beleive in God's word...that is their prerogative Richard also says he doesn't believe in some "omnipresent bad guy".Well,neither do I for the devil is not omnipresent...God only is.My conviction comes because of the actual spiritual connection with God and not of my own mindful opinion.The spirit of God is constantly at work within each believer because we are talking of the spirit and not merely of the mind/brain.We are spiritual beings created in God's image...ie spirit.The times of the patriarchal belief being the paths are past for Christ has fulfilled the law that they abided by as the only way.Now is the time of "grace "And that is not religion at all....He introduces us to new life as the "2nd Adam" You have "New Age" thinking which does not recognise as does Richard the importance of Christ to mankind.Then, as you say,you are making your own choice.And I do not say that from intolerance.

7:57PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

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."

6:48PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

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.

4:33PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

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.

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