In my research for my fiction book about how women are treated in society – and basically the war on women (and yes, there definitely is one) it is easy to overlook other related topics.
For example, much of the anti-women aspects of our society are initiated, defined, and maintained through religion. I don’t personally care how religious you are or how your religion doesn’t do this, or if you don’t believe me.
If you don’t believe me I can drown you in thousands of resources that make the point “anti-women aspects of our society are initiated, defined, and maintained through religion” a fact. I probably won’t do this because I have better things to do, but if you really want to get in to it you can start with “The Woman’s Bible” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and many other women and “Half the Sky” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn.
Then if you really still have it in for the concept that “anti-women aspects of our society are initiated, defined, and maintained through religion” I suggest you read religious texts and compare what actions men and women perform, compare what actions are performed on men and women, and finally, compare the punishments that are given to men and women.
Today, though I want to discuss the potential problems that religion can directly have on children.
As I have indicated in previous posts – I find it hard to believe that people kill their teenage or fully grown daughters because they choose marital partners that aren’t of the same religion, dress differently than what the parents consider normal, or simply talk to a man that isn’t related to them.
I am far from condoning such behavior. However; that doesn’t mean that behavior is the worst that there is out there. Why? Definitively, at the least there is some semblance of a ‘crime’ and a ‘punishment’. No, I don’t think what these (primarily) women have done are crimes – but I can perceive that someone might think of it as a crime. No, I don’t think death is a punishment. For something to be a punishment you have to remember it and inherently if you are dead there is nothing about remembering what you did and potentially avoiding that behavior in the future.
A 10-week-old baby in no way can have committed a crime worthy of punishment.
The reason this child is dead is because the father thought the mother was bringing “negative energy” to the room by trying to feed the child a bottle and then began to “pray” the grey and blue skin of a child clearly in trauma.
The mother decided that she had to be a good mother – she had to follow the instructions of her husband (his praying and her decision to follow the instructions of her husband no matter what) so she stopped trying to feed the baby, decided not to take the baby to the hospital or seek medical treatment and the baby died a horrible death (you can look it up) of starvation.
Now, there are some things that I’m not going to do in this article.
I’m not going to say all religion, or all religious people, or believers are bad because of this event.
I am going to say; however, that if you don’t believe in a god, don’t believe in the efficacy of prayer, and don’t believe that women need to follow whatever their husbands say – that this would have been avoided easily.
What does this mean?
What is the role in government in this child’s death?
You might at first say that the government had no role in this death; however, this would be incorrect.
There is a pattern in our world right now to set up false dichotomies. In this, one can’t point at this couple and the dead child and say, “All religion is evil.” It is a straw man.
Why is it a straw man? Because, clearly not all (and not even a significant minority) of religious people decide prayer is better than medicine. In addition, the other major factor is that not all women in a married relationship and are religious would sit there and listen to their husband and not take their baby to the hospital or call emergency medical services.
What you can say is that,
- “People who believe that prayer is an adequate replacement for medical treatment are immoral.”
- “Women who obey their husbands as directed by religious dogma to the detriment of the health and life of their children are immoral.”
Those two statements are very specific. People that match the above descriptions are a danger to themselves and others.
So, how does this involve the government? Well, sadly, there are few ethics courses in the public education system below the college level. Ethics needs to be taught. While we do not agree as a people on a great many things – the above two are sticking points. The article referenced in this blog entry could be used as the start of the conversation and the teacher could easily direct the children to the above two premises – and the conclusion – that people that believe in the above two premises are a threat, a danger, to themselves and to other people around them.