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Asian Image‘Jeans-wearing women’ cause earthquakes, says cleric (From Asian Image)

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First published Tuesday 2 June 2015 in Columnists
by Asian Image reporter

A leading Pakistani cleric claims women who wear jeans cause earthquakes.

Speaking during a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, Fazlur Rehman said immodest women are the cause of earthquakes, inflation, lack of energy supply and the security situation in Pakistan.
The New Indian Express newspaper reported that the cleric called upon the Pakistani army to launch a military operation against women who wear jeans.

Fazlur Rehman continued by comparing women wearing jeans to a “mobile weapon of mass destruction.”

He added that if women are as covered as a “sack of flour” these disasters would be averted.

According to Rehman, attacks by the Taliban could be eliminated if Sharia law were to be implemented and if women were restricted to their homes.

The cleric reportedly said, “The Taliban are our brothers and their angst against the state is justified…there is a need to earmark and eliminate the real enemy of Pakistan: every woman who wears jeans.”

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This IS Britain in the 21st Century?

from C4 News

In a letter – seen by Channel 4 News – members of the British Belz Hasidic sect in Stamford Hill were told by religious leaders that any children driven by their mothers should be turned away from school from June this year onwards.

The letter, originally in Hebrew, said that a growing number of “mothers of pupils who have started to drive” has led to “great resentment among parents of pupils of our institutions”.

It read: “In particular, there is great consternation and resentment amongst our students studying in the holy establishments against this practice. A woman driving a vehicle cannot send her children for education within the Belz institutions.

“Therefore, we are to inform you that as of the beginning of June 2015, it will not be possible for a student to study within our establishment if his/her mother drives a car.

“Any mother who must drive due to a special reason (such as a medical condition) must forward a request to a special committee and that committee will consider her request.”

‘Marginal’
After the reports first surfaced in the Jewish Chronicle, the Board of Deputies of British Jews distanced itself from the advice, saying that the “vast majority of the Jewish community has never had any problem with anyone driving”.

A spokesman said: “This is an ultra-Orthodox sect and they have weird rules on what they think women should be doing. It’s not a mainstream Jewish thing. It seems to be a marginal group. Across the strictly orthodox community, women drive as much as anyone else does and no one has ever questioned it.”

Dina Brawer, the UK Ambassador of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, said that the directive had no basis in Jewish teachings. “It is a perversion of Jewish law and values. There is no foundation for banning women from driving within Jewish sources, it is not reflecting the tradition.

‘False dichotomy’
“What these ultra-Orthodox movements sometimes do is create a dichotomy between what a person of faith and part of the modern world; it is a false dichotomy.

“Rabbis have always been pragmatic and have adapted to the changing world they are living in, while upholding our values. They are trying to react against change and modern society.”

But, in a statement released on their behalf after the letter came to light, the women of the sect said they felt that driving a car was a “high-pressured activity”.

The statement read: “As Orthodox Jewish women belonging to the Belz community in London, we feel extremely privileged and valued to be part of a community where the highest standards of refinement, morality and dignity are respected. We believe that driving a vehicle is a high-pressured activity where our values may be compromised by exposure to selfishness, road-rage, bad language and other inappropriate behaviour.

“We do, however, understand that there are many who conduct lifestyles that are different to ours, and we do not, in any way, disrespect them or the decisions they make.”

Neither of the schools associated with the sect responded to requests from Channel 4 News to clarify their policies.

A Department for Education (DfE) spokesman said it was looking into allegations that the independent school standards have been breached after receiving a series of reports on Thursday. The department was not able to say how many schools were being looked at as part of the investigation, which is at an early stage, but it is understood that both of the Belz institutions are included.

The spokesman said: “If schools do not actively promote the principle of respect for other people they are breaching the independent school standards. Where we are made aware of such breaches we will investigate and take any necessary action to address the situation.”

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More nonsense about flight requirements

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March 1, 2015 · 09:17

Women Bishops – 2

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Women Bishops

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Women – wheesht!

 

 

Pastor Steven L. Anderson Wants Women Silent In Church — Not Even An ‘Amen’
03/26/14  Huff Post
Pastor Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona has drawn criticism for a sermon uploaded to YouTube on Sunday in which he makes the controversial statement: Women should remain silent in church.

Anderson refers to 1 Timothy 2:11 to establish his claim. “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection,” he reads. “But I suffer not a woman to teach nor to usurp authority over the man.”

Anderson then flips to 1 Corinthians chapter 14, saying, “Let your women keep silence in the churches for it is not permitted unto them to speak.”

By these Biblical passages Anderson develops the argument that women may chat before the service and even sing hymns, but “when it’s learning time, it’s silence time.”

Women doing any sort of preaching, Anderson says, is out of the question. But even more, the pastor believes women should not ask questions, indicate their enthusiasm or even say ‘Amen.’

“First of all, it’s not for a woman to be doing the preaching. And second of all, it’s not for women to be speaking. Even if they were to have a question, they’re not to ask that question in the church, number one. And number two, even if they wanted to ask questions of their husband, they should wait until they get home.”
God-forbid a woman should ever disagree with Anderson (as one did at one point, the pastor mentions, causing him to “blow up.”)

The video has garnered over 14,000 views, with comments ranging from the appalled, to the dismissive, to the disconcertedly justifying.

Support generally followed this commenter’s sentiments:

“I can’t believe so many people find bible preaching so offensive. God bless you Pastor Anderson.”
Another commenter did her homework to contradict Anderson’s teaching:

“So what if a woman gets saved and her husband doesn’t? Should she not go to church then? Just confused. There seems to be some biblical contradictions to this statement and like you have instructed in the past I checked for other supporting biblical texts and found that there are women prophets in the new testament (Anna-Luke 2:36-38; and the daughters of Phillip-Acts 21:8-9) How can you prophesy and be silent??? What about Acts 2:17; Joel 2:28 in the Bible that says: And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon ALL FLESH: and your sons and your DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.”
All in all, this commenter wasn’t too concerned:

“There’s no need to get upset over this. Just let this man have his own insular little group where he can rail against women….and Jews….and other Christians….and other Bibles….and, well, anyone who thinks differently than him. Must be fun in the kingdom of Me.”

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March 26, 2014 · 19:23

…… but they must leave their hats on.

SHOCK as Pastor orders LADIES to go to church without P@NT!£S and B&@S….for Christ to ‘enter’, Dandora
The Kenyan DAILY POSTCounty News 21:25

Tuesday 25th February 2014 – A pastor from a church in Dandora Phase 2 has ordered all female members to go to the church ‘free’- without underwear for Christ to enter their lives!

Rev. Njohi of Lord’s Propeller Redemption church has advised female worshippers from wearing any undergarments to the church terming them as ungodly. In a meeting chaired by him, a law was passed banning the wearing of underwears. Njohi claims that when going to church, people need to be free in ‘body’ and ‘spirit’ to receive Christ.

He went ahead to warn members of dire consequences if they secretly put on their under garments. A member of the church who sought anonymity said that in last Sunday’s service, ladies did just as the pastor ordered.

Mothers were also advised to do the same and check their daughters when coming to church on Sundays so as to receive Christ too.

What is really happening to our pastors?

The Kenyan DAILY POST

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The Christian Misogynist

High school brings in Christian misogynist to lecture students about dating, students shut him down

    High school brings in Christian misogynist to lecture students about dating, students shut him down
    Justin Lookadoo (Credit: via Lookadoo.com)
    Texas students didn’t take too kindly to a “dating expert” who believes “dateable girls know how to shut up”

    Justin Lookadoo is a Christian motivational speaker and “dating expert” who believes that “dateable girls know how to shut up,” and that “dateable guys … know they are stronger, more dangerous, and more adventurous [than girls] and that’s okay.”

    He also illustrates his advice:

    And puts his advice into pithy one-liners, telling girls that, “If you go too tight, too short, or too low-cut [with the clothes you wear], you are no longer a person to get to know but an object to use.”

    This is terrible advice that no one should listen to. And yet a high school in Texas actually invited Lookadoo to share his retrograde and deeply misogynistic Christian complementarian views with its students.

    But they weren’t having it. Students at Richardson High School swarmed Lookadoo after his talk to call him out for being a sexist jerk; they also took to Twitter to further ridicule him (and their school for inviting Lookadoo in the first place).

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    Frank Talk

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    The Guardian, Thursday 19 September 2013 19.19 BST

    Pope Francis said unless a new balance is found, ‘the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards’. Photograph: AGF/Rex Features
    Pope Francis has set out his desire to find a “new balance” in the Catholic church, calling for greater involvement of women in key decisions and a less condemnatory approach towards gay people, divorcees and women who have had an abortion.

    In a wide-ranging interview with an Italian Jesuit journal, the Pope calls for the Catholic church, the world’s largest Christian church with 1.2bn members, to face up to the need for reform. Offering a dramatic contrast to the traditional conservative approach of his predecessor, Benedict XVI, Francis says the first reform must be one of “attitude”, adding that unless a new balance is found, “the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards”.

    The Pope urges Catholics to show “audacity and courage” in their approach to people who, in the past, have been given short shrift by the church, including those who “do not attend mass, who have quit or are indifferent”.

    Asked how he would respond to Catholics who are divorced or remarried or gay, he replies: “I used to receive letters from homosexual persons who are ‘socially wounded’, because they tell me that they feel like the church has always condemned them. But the church does not want to do this.”

    He goes on: “A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person … In life, God accompanies persons, and we must accompany them, starting from their situation.”

    Upon his election in March, Pope Francis, or Jorge Mario Bergoglio as he was born in Buenos Aires to Italian parents, was presented as a new start for a church still reeling from paedophilia scandals as well as the Hitler Youth past that dogged his predecessor. But the extent of the shift that Francis represents is only now becoming apparent.

    “I have never been a rightwinger,” the Pope says, admitting that when he was a younger man he had “an authoritarian and quick manner of making decisions” that led to “serious problems”.

    “Over time I learned many things.”

    The interview was conducted by Antonio Spadaro, editor of La Civilta Cattolica, an Italian Jesuit journal. He met the Pope three times in August, and his article, which was translated from Italian into English by a team of five independent experts, has been published in 16 countries.

    Spadaro was treated to a rare audience inside the Pope’s private living quarters in the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican. The Pope has chosen to live in Room 207 in the Casa, rather than in the papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace, because he disliked the inverted funnel of the space: “It is big and spacious, but the entrance is really tight. People can come only in dribs and drabs, and I cannot live without people.”

    His living space is spartan and austere, with only a few things in it, including an icon of St Francis, a statue of the patron saint of his native Argentina, a crucifix and a statue of St Joseph asleep.

    Asked by Spadaro the simple question: “Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?”, the new pontiff says: “I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.”

    Pope Francis does not offer any concrete changes of policy such as a willingness to see women enter the clergy or a loosening of the church’s tough approach to contraception. But he does signal a radical change of approach from which solid reforms might follow.

    On women, he begins by saying, quizzically, that he is wary of what he calls “female machismo”, because “women have a different make-up from men”. But he then goes on to say that he wants to “investigate further the role of women in the church … The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions.”

    He raises the example of a woman with a failed marriage behind her who has had an abortion. She remarries, has five children, and is happy. “That abortion in her past weighs heavily on her conscience and she sincerely regrets it. She would like to move forward in her Christian life … We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible … We have to talk about them in a context.”

    On gay Catholics, he adds flesh to the remarks he made in July when he said he would not judge a gay person seeking God. In the latest interview, the Pope adds that “God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.”

    In the course of the 11,000-word interview, the Pope also gives an insight into his personal tastes. He likes reading Dostoevsky and the German lyric poet Friedrich Holderlin, and has Alessandro Manzoni’s historical novel The Betrothed, which he has already read three times, by his bed.

    He admires the paintings of Caravaggio and Chagall, and adores listening to Mozart and Beethoven interpreted by the German conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler. His favourite films are La Strada by Fellini and Roberto Rossellini’s wartime drama Rome, Open City.

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    Women and the Rise of Christianity

    ‘Christians airbrushed women out of history’

    Aug 12, 2013

        

          

      

    ‘Christians airbrushed women out of history’

    A band of forgotten women were hugely influential in the rise of Christianity, a five-year study has found.

     But Professor Kate Cooper, from The University of Manchester, says their contribution has been neglected by the mainstream churches in a new book out this month.

    The study identifies dozens of forgotten Christian women who were influential in the first and second centuries, during a period when Christianity was – in some respects – more progressive towards women than today.

    According to Professor Cooper, women played a central role in spreading the new Christian faith through informal friendship and family networks.

    Their authority within Christian communities was earned through their role as parents, community organizers, and small business owners.

    One, Lydia the Purple-seller of Philippi remembered in the Bible’s Book of Acts, was the first person to sponsor St Paul.

    Another woman, Perpetua, who lived in Carthage at the end of the second century, was famous at the time for refusing to denounce her faith, choosing martyrdom against her father’s wishes.

    Her diary, written while she awaited execution in prison, was a radical document which would be seen in today’s world as extreme and very unlike the official Christian views of what the Christian woman should be, says Professor Cooper.

    One of the most important, she says, is Thecla of Iconium, believed by second century Christians to have been one of St Paul’s disciples.

    Referring to the ‘Acts of Paul and Thecla‘, an anonymous second century text, Professor Cooper shows how Thekla rebelled against her family to refuse marriage – an unthinkable act at the time.

    “Though there is no certain evidence that Thecla existed, her story was hugely influential in the first few hundred years of early Christianity,” said Professor Cooper.

    “The influence of her story was far-reaching, in that it became the root of the Catholic theology of chastity and virginity.

    “Every major Christian male writer in the fourth century had a sister, and these young women were encouraged to follow Thecla’s example. Rather than criticizing her for disobeying her mother, the early Church celebrated her courage.

    “Christianity was quite revolutionary in the way it treated its women, especially when you realise how sexist the ancient world was.

    “So it’s sad that Thecla and her contemporaries are not properly remembered and honoured today. They should be an inspiration: for example to the people campaigning for women bishops and priests.”

    Women, says Professor Cooper, regularly preached the gospel in the first two centuries of Christianity, and in some communities women carried out baptisms.

    It wasn’t until the Roman Emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity, in around 313 AD, the religion became institutionalised: male bishops were now government officials and women came to be seen as players in the background rather than public figures.

    Professor Cooper added: “These women – saints who had a radical and powerful presence in the early church – have been hidden in plain sight.

    “Many Gospel stories, for example – such as the story of Mary and Martha in the Gospel of Luke – can tell us far more about women’s role if we stop to pay close attention – something male writers have not done.

    “The ancient sources mention the women, but over time less and less attention was given to their role. Really, they have been airbrushed out of history.

    “It is quite sad that a religion which began with a mother and her wonderful baby should still have so much difficulty with remembering to honour the contribution of its women.”

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