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Alice

Hi! I've enjoyed your comments on Crystal's blog, and I'm really looking forward to reading your thoughts. Though I no longer belong to any denomination, I grew up in a liberal, feminist Christian household in an area referred to as a "belt loop" for the Bible Belt. Because of that, I have little naivete about the Religious Right but I too struggle to understand their logic at times, and seek to more fully understand their influence and base. Have you read What's The Matter With Kansas? Also, Joe Bageant's essays are wonderful "red state" dispatches; you can find him at www.dissidentvoice.org.

May I ask what sort of law you practice? I plan on going to Law School in the next couple years, and am especially interested in patents, intellectual property, and contracts, though I don't know any lawyers who are involved in those areas.

The Happy Feminist

Wow! I am so excited to get a comment already! I look forward to checking out the reads you have recommended. (And I have added your blog to the list to the right, if that's okay.)

I am going to be somewhat careful about the identifying information I post on this site (such as my area of law) since I have chosen to stay anonymous (for now). I will shoot you an email though.

Crystal

I'm so glad you decided to start a blog. It has been a rewarding and intellectually stimulating exercise for me, to say the least. I still am surprised that people actually have an interest in reading it. :)

I do hope you will continue to post on my blog, as you are able. I have appreciated your input and viewpoint, even if it is qute different than mine.

I have found I don't have much time to be involved in discussions on other's blogs, but I will try to visit here, as I am able.

Jessica

Looks like we have the same mission, I'll give you a link on my site!

Are you Unitarian? Good for you! Looks like we have more than one thing in common so far.

Keep up the good work.

Jessica

bmmg39

Good luck with the blog, HF!

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End abuse against women AND men.
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C.S. Hayden

Thanks for the link on the sidebar. I plan to visit every once in awhile, perhaps to insert my own views on the topics that you address. I have some ideas of others to add as "anti-feminist" links, and I will let you know if you are interested.

Anna-Victoria

I am a Christian but I am also an individual. I have my own thoughts and I imbrace my individuality. I have learned a long time ago that there is nothing wrong with thinking outside of the box. Being a Christian dosen't make that individual right all the time. I practise learning from my mistakes and try to understand from other peoples views. I feel that as a person I should take responsibilty for my actions. It's easier said then done but that is something I try to work as an individual because I feel that it's the right thing to do. To me love and compassion are streangths not weakness. To me love is understanding and acting on compassion. Acting on compassion is a result from understanding not pity. I think being gay is a way of life for many reasons for what ever the reason maybe. I know homosexuals are not a like. Many of my coworkers are homosexuals and none of them are same. Whether the individual feels they are born gay or just comfortable being gay. It is just the way of life for some individuals. I think in some cases it's just what a person needs. Humans are ment to be social. Having love and exceptence is immportant to a lot of people maybe even every one. As a society I think that we should except homosexuality the same way we should except other peoples religions and beleafs. ( I don't claim to have the best grammer or spelling. I'm sorry if that offends anyone. I'm not proud of it. I'm sorry for being wordy. I just love learning, sharing, and communicating with others)

dave

Dear Happy Feminist,

I stumbled onto your page in a search for something else, but I "dropped in" because it appears interesting. I'm a Christian, and some might label me as conservative (my liberal friends think I'm too conservative; my conservative friends think I'm too liberal; and my Libertarian friends? *shrugs* They are mostly too busy trying to figure out how to shrink the size of the Government to have time to think about what I think. => )

It looks like your grandfather took his Tanakh pretty literally, and so do I, in a sense.
(I have spent time learning from my Jewish brothers about our mutual scriptures.
Why not? They've only had them a few thousand years longer than me. => )

I am not religious per se, but I do pursue a relationship with God.
I don't put much stock in any of the world's religions,
but if I had to pick the one that is closest to God, it would be Judaism
Christianity is really a branch of Judaism, which (IMO) was not meant
to be practised as a religion at all
(and look at the awful things that happened when it was)
but rather to turn Judaism back to its roots
...no earthly king or queen, just a reliance upon God alone.

How did the Hebrew prophet put it?
Pure and undefiled religion consists in this
to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

I was an atheist at one time,
till I was challenged to use my engineering skills to research
whether or not the resurrection of Yesua Meshiach was a real event in time or not.
*shrugs*
I spent seven years on that one.
What can I say? I am slow and methodical.
Before I could even read the Hebrew scriptures,
I had to read all the documents about them
to see if they had any validity.
And now, I believe they do.

However, (and here is the important part for feminists)
while the Hebrew scriptures show the Law of God,
it appears that Jesus came not merely to fulfill the Law,
but also to elevate women to a position that I think few women appreciate.

In the 1st Century, Christian churches were house churches,
and they were run by the owner of the household,
which was women in a number of cases.

Jania was called by the apostle Paul, "an apostle equal in stature to himself".
However, some monk in about the 13th Century wigged out,
and tried to make her name male, Janias, by adding an "s".
Trouble is, the correct male name is Janius, not Janias.

Did I mention that my pastor is a woman?
A lot of my conservative friends beat me up over that.
But as a Biblicist, I think it's Biblical. =)

OK, now that that long-winded intro is out of the way,
I will try to answer your questions.

How influential is the Religious Right really?
A lot, I believe.
One of my Jewish friends asked me, "Why does President Bush support Israel so much?"
A: Because million of evangelical Christians push his buttons to so do.


How many people cast votes based upon a concern for socially conservative “values”?
Several million, and I am one of them.

What motivates socially conservative Christians?
Love of God, love of others, love of Israel
(Israel is key to them, at least the ones that are not Catholic.
reason: The Catholic church sort of thinks that they have replaced the Jews as God's chosen.
however, most Protestant demoninations, especially "born-again" Christians, see the Jews
as the Chosen of God, who have never been unchosen. And in their scriptures [esp Revelation]
it says A) There will be Jews till the end of the world, and they play an instrumental part
in bringing people to heaven, and B) Israel is key, because the Messiah will reign for 1000 years
in Israel)

Why are rigidly defined and enforced gender differences so important to them?
They would not see it as being important to them,
they would see it as being important to God, as in,
"if there are more genders, why did God not so specify in scripture?"

Does the Religious Right threaten my way of life?
I doubt it; not unless you are planning the overthrow of the Government.
(that all earthly governments are established by God
is a key Christian concept; the Founders of the US struggled with the justness
of opposing their earthly king for a long time)

Do they really believe that my views and my lifestyle are a threat to their way of life,
and if so, is there any merit to that belief?
In the ideal (which we all wish was typical), the Christian perspective is
that they would like to be tolerant of all types of things,
but what they do not want is to be forced to accepting
and giving the stamp of approval to livestyles they think are unbiblical.

Oy! Sorry to go on for so long, but I found your questions interesting.

Here's another one you could have asked:

Who do the Religious Right think is an example of a bad person?

Hehe, well Christians aren't supposed to judge anyone
...but they will judge their actions! =)

Soooo, whose actions/works are evil?

Karl Marx; his work is considered to be the work of an imp of Satan.
(count me in on that one; I'd like to kick him in the groin about 150 million times,
once for each of the people who died under Communism...Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro...oy!)

Darwin (although most modern Christians are not so critical of Darwin as they are of the
Neo-darwinists, the ones who don't really care if his theories are correct, they just want to use them to create a universe without a need for God as a Creator)

Freud (oy! I could write whole books about why this guy is considered bad news. => )

Well, I hope my answers have been of any value to you.

Peace & Blessings,
dave

Kathryn Vance

As a Christian myself, I once belonged to the Religious Right, more specifically the so-called Moral Majority, and I can tell you this: it is one of the worst things to happen to Christianity in America. To varying degrees, it is actually a backlash against the gains made by women and African Americans, and a longing for the "good old days" before civil rights. Some RR leaders like Howard Phillips of the Conservative Caucus have even expressed the belief that women's suffrage was an "anti-family" plot by our government. Most are adamant that the United States must officially be a "Christian" nation, and embrace the notion expressed in the Texas Republican Party platform that church-state separation is a "myth". Separation of church and state is the only thing that guarantees religious freedom for all. For more on this dangerous phenomenon, please visit Americans United For the Separation of Church and State at www.au.org.

The Happy Feminist

Hey Kathryn, Welcome to the Happy Fmeinist. I am always especially interested to hear from Christian feminists. And I am very interested in Howard Phillips and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Thank you so much for your comment.

Oh and Dave, somehow I missed this comment from you before. Thank you as well!

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