Abrahamic religions are anti-woman…also grass is green

The Abrahamic religions, absent centuries of being dragged into modernity, are vehemently anti-woman.  It is not a positive reflection on these religions that not as many believers treat women as property nowadays (even though plenty still do), but rather a negative reflection on religion that this process has even been necessary.

Even with all our progress away from the sexist core of these faiths, we still see shit like this.

As John Corvino says, “Religions give people infallible backing for their fallible human prejudices.”

Some will say that we need to oppose these more malicious species of faith and let the more benign ones go.  But their dictates and presumed authority are produced entirely by the same reasoning by which the moderate arrives at their belief about god.  By telling one they are wrong, we are necessarily saying the same of the other – we must if we are being intellectually honest.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • J

    If the “more malicious species of faith” produce their dictates and presumed authority by the same reasoning as the more moderate, then what accounts for the differences between the two? By what you say, it has nothing to do with reasoning, but I find that hard to believe, considering the stark divergences in their views. How do we find such polar differences denying appeal to differences in reasoning?

  • Evan

    While I do not excuse religion for even allowing such a phrase to be printed in what is considered a “Holy Text,” I can’t help but to think this is definitely more of a cultural problem than a religious one. (Not that we shouldn’t call out the religious wrong, but if we actually want makes change we probably should focus more on culture)

    As much as I’d love to believe people get their stupid ideas from their religion, in most cases they just justify their stupid ideas/actions with their religion (which is still horribly wrong). People wrap their religion to fit their culture, their norms, and their actions.

    The heart of the issue here is patriarchal societies and horrible cultural norms. It’s the far greater issue, and the true backbone to peoples immoral beliefs/actions.

    Great post… keep em coming!

  • http://www.atheistdad.wordpress.com Kevin Zimmerman

    I’ll agree with Evan, that this is more of a cultural issue than a religious one, although culture and religion are often difficult to tease apart. What does it say about a society when a man can say these things on television in all seriousness and with only the mildest of protest from others on the show.