I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute. ~Rebecca West, "Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice," The Clarion, 14 Nov 1913, reprinted in The Young Rebecca, 1982
Women's rights, abortion, freedom to choose and equality in all areas of life are all issues that generations of women have fought for and these hard fought gains are now threatened by the Republican Right Wing extremists and Evangelical Christian Right movement. This movement wants to turn back the clock to to bad old days; where women knew their place, the kitchen and the bedroom, and obeyed their husbands. The Evangelical movement spearheaded by James Dobson and John Hagee have become the American version of the Taliban in their assault on women rights in America. They see women as inferior and would make them virtually 2nd class citizens. Women across America have benefited from the women of courage who fought for women's rights against the entrenched establishment but women like Sarah Palin, and Carrie Prejean would help turn back the clock, they have become the not too bright spokes persons in support of the anti-women rights Evangelical movement while they benefit from the sacrifices of better women than them. The Republicans Right and Evangelical Right Wing have screamed for the government to stay out of their health care yet they want to control the bodies of women and would deny them the freedom to make decisions for themselves.
President Obama recently signed an anti-rape amendment into law proposed by Sen. Al Franken’s (D-MN). The bill would allow women who work for U. S. contractors who's right were violated or who are victims of crimes the right to sue their employers. This stems from the case of, "Jamie Leigh Jones, who was gang-raped by her co-workers while working for Halliburton/KBR in Baghdad. Many Republicans opposed the legislation — saying it was an unnecessary attack on their allies in the defense contracting business — and faced intense political blowback over their positions". These Republicans, many of them supporters of the extreme Right Evangelical and friends of Halliburton, would deny women who were assaulted from exercising their rights for legal redress of grievances, thereby denying them due process of law. That these thirty Republicans, named below, are upset that the public is incensed about their callous attempt to deny women protection under the law is incredible. They are self serving dirtbags who sit in congress who should serve the people not their masters in business and the Evangelical Right Wing Christian hypocrites.
The 30 nay voters against Senator Franken's (D-MN)amendment
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America by Chris Hedges From Publishers Weekly
"The f-word crops up in the most respectable quarters these days. Yet if the provocative title of this exposé by Hedges (War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning)—sounds an alarm, the former New York Times foreign correspondent takes care to employ his terms precisely and decisively. As a Harvard Divinity School graduate, his investigation of the Christian Right agenda is even more alarming given its lucidity. Citing the psychology and sociology of fascism and cults, including the work of German historian Fritz Stern, Hedges draws striking parallels between 20th-century totalitarian movements and the highly organized, well-funded "dominionist movement," an influential theocratic sect within the country's huge evangelical population. Rooted in a radical Calvinism, and wrapping its apocalyptic, vehemently militant, sexist and homophobic vision in patriotic and religious rhetoric, dominionism seeks absolute power in a Christian state. Hedges's reportage profiles both former members and true believers, evoking the particular characteristics of this American variant of fascism. His argument against what he sees as a democratic society's suicidal tolerance for intolerant movements has its own paradoxes. But this urgent book forcefully illuminates what many across the political spectrum will recognize as a serious and growing threat to the very concept and practice of an open society." (Jan. 9) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved
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