Sunday, June 5, 2011
The obedient wives' club
story from NST
"The Malaysian branch of the club, launched here yesterday, was formed as an answer to social problems such as infidelity, prostitution, domestic violence and abandoned babies, which its members believed stemmed from a lack of belief in God and the failure of women to keep their husbands content."
I often wonder whether its religion that makes us prone to magical thinking or rather that religion takes advantage of our tendency to think magically. I have no idea how this gets changed when half the population has ultimate authority over the other half. Unfortunately, becoming an atheist in many parts of the world is simply not an option, especially for women.
From Jen McCreight at Blag Hag
"For those of you who have seem my talk on the intersection of atheism and feminism, one of my key points is that religion doesn't necessarily create sexist ideas, but it does make them untouchable. We unfortunately live in a society where criticizing religious belief is viewed with contempt. We can't question something because it's protected by the bubble of "Respect my beliefs!" And then you get bad ideas - sexism, racism, homophobia, incorrect science - piggybacking on the theology and persisting through time."