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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Misogyny and Gender Pluralism

At the Gender Pluralism Center, we will explore if misogyny is religiously sanctioned or men took it upon themselves to make things work for them, and in the process, the un-intended consequence was making a villain out of God and religion.

A few Men tend to be insecure about their own worth compared to women, and devise ways to feel secure by causing women to be insecure. I am not talking about the Taliban in a far off land, but our own Taliban mind set right here in America denying women the right to choose what she does with her body, rejecting her equal pay or expect her to the husband.  

“A woman should behave like a woman” “Her place is home” echo the   conservative religious men from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and other traditions.

Women have put up with this crap from men far too long, it’s time we feel, act and talk like equals. The silence of the good people is considered an endorsement to the right wing views on women. Do the good men give permission to the right? If not, we need to speak up. We need to be good for some good values and not good for nothing people.

A good functional society strives to be just to every citizen, when justness becomes a norm in every aspect of life – be it between spouses, family members, members of the community, town, state and the nation, then people trust each other and mind their own business.

Don’t look to anyone group to blame, look at yourselves first. A sentence that I have been repeating lately is "for every Muslim ass, there is a Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh or other ass" add hole if you need to. 

This blog will make an effort to find the other bad guys for every one projected and blamed in the society.  Eventually we need to realize that individuals must be held accountable for their wrong doing, and not their religion.   

I believe everything on the earth is created to seek its own balance, whether it is matter or individual, family or a nation. Every one struggles to have that elusive equilibrium which goes off balance as regularly as it is desired to be in balance.

For years, Islam has been in the forefront of receiving the accusations, but when I study Islam, it is not the religion, it is the men.  The Christians find it convenient to blame the Old Testament, instead of doing the research and finding what God meant. 

Prophet Muhammad had time and again said, "Justice:" among people, within family, among nations and tribe is the key to building a successful cohesive society where no one has to live in fear of the other. The other word for Islam would be Justice - obviously that is not what you see in the world today. Neither do you see Jesus's teachings practiced by Christians or Jews follow Torah or Bhagvad Gita by Hindus.

To me all religions are equally beautiful and divine; no religion is superior or inferior to any. If any on claims superiority, he or she does not understand the nature of his or her religion. Religion is not about arrogance which kills relationships and balance in the society, but it is about humility, that which builds bridges between people.

Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, peace, Islam,IsraelIndiainterfaith, and cohesion at work place. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day atwww.TheGhousediary.com. He believes in Standing up for others and has done that throughout his life as an activist. Mike has a presence on national and local TV, Radio and Print Media. He is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to the Texas Faith Column at Dallas Morning News; fortnightly at Huffington post; and several other periodicals across the world. His personal site www.MikeGhouse.net indexes his work through many links.

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