Yesterday, Sunday 25th November was White Ribbon Day in Australia – a campaign to stop violence against women.
One in three Australian women have experienced physical violence from the time they turn 15 years old.
One in five will have experienced sexual violence according to these same figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
What is more, a woman living in this country is more likely to be killed in her home by her male partner than anywhere else or by anyone else.
Almost eight out of 10 female murder victims in Australia were killed by someone with whom they shared a domestic relationship. Reference
Here is the pledge that Aussie men are encouraged to take:
I swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. This is my oath.
This is also the pledge that those clergy, who are the hands and voice opposing women’s equality in the LCA, are encouraged to make.
At some stage in a girl’s life she becomes aware that being a pastor in the LCA is open only to her brothers. This relegation to the ranks of second-best, using the Bible as justification is spiritually abusive. Girls are judged – without their participation – long before being born. It’s no different to the Indian caste system – there’s no escaping, just the collusion of those with something to lose. If you peacefully accept it and trust in good karma perhaps you’ll have a better incarnation next time.
As Christians we are not to trust in the justice of heaven, we are to live the justice of heaven. We cannot wait. We cannot expect women and girls to wait for some after-life reward, for that kind of piety is patronising nonsense.
There can be no excuse for violence against women and girls! It’s that simple! If you are using Scripture to justify your violence, then you have a choice: 1. discard Scripture or 2. reconsider your interpretation of Scripture. No, there is a third option, discard your religion, for that is a better choice than using it to oppress your sisters. Sacrilegious? Not at all! Using religion to justify violence is the sacrilege.
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- White Ribbon Day (majellalaws.com.au)
- Speaking for abused women (smh.com.au)
- Emily Longley’s dad joins anti-violence campaign (stuff.co.nz)
- Firms need to do more to protect women (news.com.au)
- White Ribbon Day – Calling for an End to Violence Against Women (martinspribble.com)