Friday, February 15, 2013

Ah - religion: separate but equal praying opportunities

In Israel women were detained, arrest without jail, for having the temerity to pray as the men. Praying at the Western Wall, is gender separated. According to NPR it is an old and ongoing battle: "The Women of the Wall have been fighting for years for permission to worship in the manner that men do at the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism for prayer." [Women In Prayer Shawls Detained At Judaism's Holiest Site].

What is it about women? Why must they be assigned or consigned to second class status? How does any religion justify its disparaging treatment of women merely because they are women. Catholics and Muslims are similar and differ only in degree.

Doesn't this attitude set the stage for violence against and abuse of women?

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