The more I study religion, the more I realize that it has a lot to do with “man’s” ego. Take for instance Monsieur Jean Cauvin (yes he was French) better known as John Calvin.

Calvin declared: “Woman is more guilty than man, because she was seduced by Satan, and so diverted her husband from obedience to God that she was an instrument of death leading to all perdition. It is necessary that woman recognize this, and that she learn to what she is subjected; and not only against her husband. This is reason enough why today she is placed below and that she bears within her ignominy and shame.”

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Well. Hogwash. The problem with religion is that we don’t know our own history. After 28 years of trying to learn the history of my church (Mormon) I had to go outside of it to find some things out. With us, yes we had polygamy…another demeaning thing to woman in a sexual way, but at least women were considered to be smart, worthwhile to educate and not below the man.

I am no longer going to profess belief in “any” religion that brings down women now or formerly did in the old days. I don’t see many religions apologizing to the women of their churches for the history of belittling, abasing and yes burning of their woman. Has it ever been on the table anywhere?

I somehow believe that if women knew the history behind their religions, they would be appalled. I would hope that some men might be too. I know I am.

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  1. Freud, of course, felt that excessive repression could be unhealthy, but even Freud would be appalled at our ugly and infantile licentiousness.

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