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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

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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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Posted by on November 25, 2012 in sociology, theology, women's ordination


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Violence in the LCA

While men have achieved great things in this world it is also fair to say that they have been the origin of most of the world’s violence: they have been the warriors who have too easily gone to war, they have been the clergy who have condemned ‘witches’ to death, they are the fundamentalists in various ages and religions who take up arms to purify the world and their religion. As the vast majority of violence is perpetrated by males, the word ‘violence’ might justifiably be replaced by the phrase ‘male violence’.

If there is a gene for murder, it is a safe bet it will be found first in someone who carries XY chromosomes. That is, a man. There may be no such gene. Many experts insist violence is learned, not inherited. But as a spate of domestic tragedies and a powerful new study by Statistics Canada both establish beyond doubt, when murder happens in the home, it is men who do most of the killing. And women and children who do most of the dying. The Canadian Encyclopedia © 2010 Historica-Dominion

When men, in particular, are susceptible to abusing power and influence, it is in the interest of all community groups to consider the possible effects of having males exclusively filling positions of power. Consider the frequency of male violence by AFL players, consider the paedophilia scandal from within the ranks of Catholic clergy, consider the level of domestic male violence, consider how often female victims have been counselled by male clergy to forgive their violent spouse and to return to the home.

Is male violence just found in domestic violence or is it found in the ways that women continue to be used for the good of the Church but not allowed to take pastoral leadership? Is it found in the ways that women’s ordination continues to be dismissed generation after generation? Is it found in the way our General Convention is led? Is it reflected in the number of women who have left the LCA and worship in other denominations? Is it found in the conservative backward gaze on the past?

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Posted by on April 15, 2010 in Uncategorized


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