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Ron
"*Expat* Self-exiled writer on social issues"
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67 years old
West Glacier
Montana
United States

Last Login: 10/24/2008

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Who is not, but should be newsworthy today?
Religious leaders and institutions for all of the reasons we never discuss. Especially Christian and related Monotheistic Doctrines of Original Sin as a Hate Crime against children especially, women particularly and larger society generally.
What current events or circumstances should receive more news coverage?
Original Sin as a Hate Crime against women which goes to the Roman Catholic Church, The Assemblies of God & Religious Right, et cetera, all fundamentalism across the spectrum of civilization, in effect all male ego-centric and rigorously pursued religious philosophy that teaches women are dirty and inferior, and responsible for the fall away from grace and cause of sin in Man. Men suffer these attitudes from childhood in the sense of a collective mental illness as progenitors of violence which underlie negative social phenomena. This philosophical violence inculcated in males underlies the of Rape of women generally, the Rape of children of both sexes, the use of Rape as a weapon of social terror in war and ultimately the Rape of the environment.

This goes to the story of Eve having been tempted and seduced Adam with the forbidden fruit, the subsequent instruction for man to "Subdue the Earth" and in the end, the idea that Jesus' resisting temptation (especially as implies resisting sexual relations with women) kept him pure. The following quote from one of the early 'church fathers', Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus (Tertullian), shows these attitudes against women in an original form:

"Do you not know you are each an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives in this age: the guilt must of necessity live too. You are the devil's gateway: you are the unsealer of that forbidden tree: you are the first deserter of the divine law: you are she who persuaded him whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack. You destroyed so easily God's image, man. On account of your desert - that is death - even the Son of God had to die."

This was 1,700 years ago.

In 1448, not much more than 500 years ago, the Roman Catholic Church issued "Summa Desiderantes" (Pope Innocent VIII) which declared women submitted themselves to demons and became witches which made men impotent. 500 years is not very long ago if you stop and think about it.

Today these attitudes persist, example given, the church refusing women the priesthood for precisely the christian theological holding of Woman as responsible for Man being cursed and consequently Woman as the source of our world's ills.

Children across the world in monotheism or judeo-christian cultures learn from the story of The Fall (Adam and Eve) that Man is cursed because Woman was in collusion with a snake. That women are the cause of ALL evil. That women are dirty, guilty, and the original source of our world's problems. Children are literal and impressionable beings. Teaching children women are filthy and the cause of our world's illness is socially criminal.

It is time to call this causal source of RAPE exactly what it is. A HATE CRIME. Perhaps it is the greatest Hate Crime ever committed. The Doctrine of Original Sin is a burden on Humanity, a deformed psychology which underlies Child Abuse, Mental Illness, Domestic Violence, RAPE, the social cost of war, failures in education on social and environmental issues and religious ethnocentrism. Especially Religious Ethnocentrism. This is the socially malignant absurdity of inter-communal violence. The idea that because someone's view of reality is different, that someone is inferior or less intelligent or less deserving. Religious Ethnocentrism underlies much of our world's hate crime whether in small communities of intolerance or wars of nationalism on a large scale. This partners with the resource Rape of our planet's feminine nature (ecology, Mother Nature) for material wealth (spoils of war, historically this included enslavement and Rape of Women, now the purview of the corporate stockholder) in pursuit of the modern technology driven attitude of wealth acquired through War, direct to our economically driven wars of civilization generally and brings us back to square one, the psychological ease with which Rape is committed by Man who has been taught the feminine is dirty/guilty, whether in the Environmental Rape of our planet or the Rape of Women and Children across civilizations.
Who is today's most absurd role model?
The Pope. George Bush. The poverty stricken soul trying to save you with preaching from the street corner. Any fundamentalist, whether Christian Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant fundamentalists, Jewish Fundamentalists, Islamic Fundamentalists, Hindu Nationalists, Communists, they all hurt Humanity. Charity must begin in the Heart at home, then the world can be a better place, when we have given our attention to becoming better people in our personal lives. We don't need to save anyone or be saved by anyone, people need to save themselves.
What cause do you believe in enough to take action?
Women's rights, Civil Rights, Human Rights, Environment
For what causes have you taken action in the past?
Women's Rights, Civil Rights, Human Rights, Environment
What is the best book you've read about bettering the world?
I don't have a favorite or best title. But this is the title I would like to see:

"The more important blessing: the time and respect you invest in being beautiful and loving to those you share your space intimately with. To live in beauty way to make time for loving them, often."

For everyone. Family, friends and neighbors.
What is a socially-conscious website that everyone should know about?
Veterans for Peace: http://veteransforpeace.org/
Doctors Without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/
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