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I think you make a great point in your article [Allison Kilkenny, “God Hates Women,” issue 121] ... but is it anything more than a rant? You don't make it apparent that you support modernization of old religious ideas or any sort of coexistence, so is your goal only to make it clear that someone should be either on one side of the fence or the other? It doesn't seem like much of an accomplishment to simply say: "If you're religious, you hate women; if you're a feminist, you hate religion; and if you don't, you're an idiot."
FAX TO SIKH
Being someone who considers themselves somewhat religious and somewhat feminist, I found your article interesting and confronting.
Yes, religions founded by men, whose religious books are written by men, tend to be full of issues with women. As most of the history of the world has been written by men, women are screwed well and truly.
But for a lighter note, in contravention of your claims, there is one
religion where men and women are treated equally (to my knowledge, I'm
happy to be wrong). Sikhism. I'm not a Sikh, so I'm only saying this because
I'm generally curious about religions and tend to go off reading about
PARADE RAINED OUT
I get your point, and there's in my opinion a lot of truth to what you say, but i disagree with your conclusion.
I'm not religious, and i have many times gotten mad at the discrimination of women by religious people.
But on the other hand, i think that religion over the times has functioned
as early ways of institusionalizing what in the respective societies was
seen as good morale and values, and simply the right way to interpret
the world around them, and, sadly, that included discrimination of women.
Think of it, these people have grown up with their religion, at least in most cases, and it means a lot to them.
So attacking it in a too offensive way will put many people in a defensive
position, less open to your arguments, and we get the vicious circle of
(if you actually have read this far; sorry if my english is bad... it's not my mother tongue, and thanks for reading it:)
GOD IS A BITCH
Yo homies - I adore your witty writing but I'm afraid I need to call bullshit on your "Religion and Feminism don't mix" article. It's not that the above statement doesn't ring true for most monotheistic religions that have determined our current bloody historical path - the problem is (though by no means your fault assuming you, like the rest of us slaves, were raised in an industrial technophile society that elevates Western civilization as the zenith of mankind) the debate, is not a binary one.
You guys, of all people should know, that not everyone falls into the predefined secular-liberal-atheist (you) vs religious-Taliban-conservative, categories; that in fact, most indigenous people (the ones left unmolested by industrial societies) practice Earth-based spiritualities that honor the land as our MOTHER. The fact that most of these spiritualities predate literary cultures (i.e. they're oral cultures) only proves the point when you quote the Koran or the Bible.
(It is true though, that most indigenous peoples wouldn't be down w/ the proselytizing and dogmatic aspects of hierarchical monotheistic religions...in fact, the path we walk wouldn't even be referred to as "religion.")
But come on guys - Most Feminist 101 classes (at least on the West Coast)
have cursory readings on pre-Christian, matriarchical societies like the
Your Mom...in Babylon
WORST DISSENT EVER
Rigid and literal interpretation of founding text is not the only source for religious ideas.
I could get all into it, but there's no point. If you're not willing to do even a modicum of basic research before writing an article, I don't think there's much hope that I'm going to change your mind.
UNCLEAR ON WHAT “MAINSTREAM” MEANS
You and the rest of the mainstream media's agenda is to totally cover
up for the Clintons [Allan Uthman, “Political
Shrinkage,” issue 121] and to keep up an active Bush bashing
campaign at a fever pitch "James Carville" style in order the
elect this post menopausal matriarchal closet communist hag Hillary Clinton
and her husband the impeached disbarred sociopathic narcissist sexual
predator lip biting rapist traitor to the Co-Presidency II in 2008 and
nothing else! Thesetwo are nothing but closet communists.
The only reason William Jefferson Clinton ever got to the Whitehouse
in the first place was because of the little egomanic with a crewcut,
Ross Perot. He said in 1992, of Clinton: "I wouldn't hire him as
the assistant dishwasher on the third shift in a greasy spoon joint."
But he managed to take close to 23% of the Bush "No New Taxes"
protest vote so this redneck clown from Arkansas could have his daily
hand-party spanking his monkey (documented under oath) in the oval office.
JUNKIES: GOOD HUSBANDS?
Just an update on this scumbag. Who writes very well. Again, he stole my car, and this time, my kid's dog. Sold MY car for 700 bucks of crack and traded the dog for a rock. Yeah, he's a shitheel extrodinaire. I'd love to do a piece on this for you, but no one would believe it. Found my dog at a crack house on Amherst street. Had two Kenmore cops go with me. My dog was starved, filthy and stinking. I hope you tell this piece of shit to rot, if he darkens your door. He was very proud of his "DJ from the big house"....If you should see this rotten crackhead, tell him this: "Mrs. Crackhead says not to darken our door. Hitting women and chldren may be your thing, but now it won't happen again" Oh, don't give him any money. You won't ever get paid despite his tales of woe. What a scumbag.
THIS ISSUE’S PARANOID KOOK
MIKHAIL KRYZHANOVSKY - U.S. PRESIDENT DE FACTO AND 2008 VICE PRESIDENT ?
Mikhail Kryzhanovsky,KGB superspy, the author of the "White House Special Handbook,or How to Rule the World in the 21st Century" is the U.S. president de facto. Since 1996, our presidents, Bill Clinton and now - George Bush, make top political decisions based on his instructions.
Who said he's 2008 U.S. Vice President ? Hillary Clinton ?
SWEEP THE LEG JOHNNY
Just what's up with you bleeding heart liberals coddling terrorists/enemy combatants? Some of these radical Muslims have killed American soldiers and innocent civilians. I could care less if the Red Cross went to see them. I hope they rot and die in Gitmo.
When your weak, wimpy liberal Democrat Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were president, they didn't stop terrorism by coddling them.
There is NO high ground when you deal with terrorists who think you're an infidel and their god-Allah wants to have you killed.
We can't fight a war against these terrorists with one arm tied behind our backs and one leg attached to a ball and chain. You're looking for a disasterous result if you do.
The only thing these barbarians understand is strenght, force and death, so let's give it to them. No, we shouldn't be like them. We should be WORSE than them and have them fear us. That's how it works in the real world you sissy liberals.
ten year navy vet 1982-1992
PS I just seen the movie "Rendition" and I think the guy was a link to terrorists and that bleeding heart liberal CIA agent let him go free. This kind of work needs strong willed people and not liberal cowards. Our enemies must laugh their asses off at us.
Assuming you've seen the movie Zeitgeist, what are your thoughts on it?
I have a pretty knowledgeable background in Egyptian religion and I've
found numerous false claims throughout the movie. I know for a fact the
whole Horus/christ comparision is completely false. The epic of gilgamish
is another fabrication. I remember reading an article months back in your
paper that had a much more accurate comparision. Just wondering what your
Hope that helps.
ASKED AND ANSWERED
When is your 2008 50 Most Loathsome People list coming out? I can't wait
to read it.
When are you guys coming out with your new list? I am praying that mitt
romney receives a just punishment.
In light of the Colorado church shootings this week, and the Omaha shopping mall shooting last week, why not post something about how many days can the USA go without a shooting spree?
Or, perhaps a shooting spree quiz - like which of the following shooters was NOT male, or where have shootings NOT taken place? (workplaces, schools, shopping malls, churches, public parks).
Well....you get the idea.
REVIEW OF SOMETHING
Frequently funny, but with an obvious visceral hatred of anyone on the political right. Would have been funnier if its political leftiness were less obvious. In other words, at least making an attempt to pretend to be politically somewhere to the right of Karl Marx would have made the humor more effective.
Nice try, though.
OF LAWSUITS AND LOOFAHS
I was just messing around online and came across that whole mess between
Tom Cruise and The Beast
(very funny...not the initial article you published, but the fact that
Tom Cruise's lawyer even cared). However, it got me thinking about how
you guys gained some publicity by picking on a celeb. If you want some
publicity, you guys should publish something about Bill O'rielly that
is negative and/or controversial because he is the kind of person who
will almost certainly call you out on it during one of his daily broadcasts
(which is #1 in cable news, 7 years in a row!!). No one is easier to piss
off and less afraid to confront people than him. If you take your time
and come up with a good article that will grab peoples attention, I like
your chances. Just look at what he did for the dailykos, they pissed him
off and now theyre rich (bitch). Anyways, just a thought.
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