Letter: Religion is detrimental to women's equality

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Editor of the Reformer,

From a young age I have understood that religious beliefs and their doctrinaire are largely mythological and conjectural at best. From the standpoint of alleged divine texts, there is little to nothing real about them. But what is real is that human belief systems and dogma of Western religions have done far more tangible harm than any attending purported spirituality is worth.

The neologism, "Jukrislims," is meant to show that despite never-ending violence between the Jews, Christians and Muslims, the three primary patriarchal religions are essentially one and the same. Therefore, they share equally the indictable offense of culpability for the toxic male monotheistic culture they propagate.

The fact that some Christians may see parts of the bible as mythological, their disagreements of literal or belief context is irrelevant. The harm is done and continuing to this very day.

The greatest holocaust known to "man" is not American African slavery, nor is it the murder of Jews in WWII, as horrible they were. The greatest holocaust is indisputably gendercide. That mass ruination of women originated, significantly, in Genesis, where the man-inspired god of the bible falsely perpetrated (blamed) "original sin" on women, and therefore, all her descendants. Whether any Christian thinks this is mythos or not, too many Jukrislims as a whole take it as "God's word." Sadly, in a real sense, "As it is written, so shall it be."

The effect of cleaving asunder the genders, particularly with religious inspired doctrine and violence, is the worst thing that can happen to humanity, because there is no humanity in it.

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How can men look women in the eyes? Have men "no sense of decency, sirs, at long last," to gauge the cruelty of your very own patriarchal monotheistic beliefs?

The patriarchy of Western religions is particularly a central problem in establishing women equality. It's hard to believe that the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) recently failed, yet again. Equality for women should be taken for granted as something inherent, not something controversial to be debated.

In 1973, Vermont ratified The Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. To date, however, the required two-thirds majority of states to ratify the ERA has not been reached. As a state issue, unfortunately, Ballotpedia.org reports that Vermonters defeated the "Vermont Equal Rights Amendment on the Nov. 4, 1986 ballot as a legislatively referred state constitutional amendment." The day after its defeat, the Associated Press reported that Nancy Stringer, director of the Vermont ERA Information Committee said, "The defeat would allow Vermont to continue our traditions and rights as we always have."

Continue whose traditions and rights? Surely, not those Vermonters who see gender equality as an incumbent principle in the eyes of state law. Helen Keller, in the early wave of American feminists wrote, "I think the degree of a nation's civilization may be measured by the degree of enlightenment of its women." The same measure can be applied to enlightened Vermonters in the matter of women rights.

Vidda Crochetta

Brattleboro, March 6


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