Today a priest was interviewed on his take about the election in Ireland. He thought that the rules were very repressive and that the women who got abortions should have been helped with social programs to raise their children
This is all well and good, and he does understand that if there were widespread sex education and availability of contraception, there would be less occasion for abortions.
Ireland has become a country of major liberal policies now.
This country recognizes same sex marriage, has an increasing loss of membership in any religion but mostly from the Catholic institution.
After all the nasty things that went on there in the past fifty to sixty years, the church has finally been dealt its’ just desserts.
The real problem is that most religions have the wrong attitude towards women.
Instead of helping them do a very important job of raising the next generation, they put obstacles in a woman’s path, make her feel guilty for any sexual feelings, infringe on all phases of life to make it one of control by the men instead of autonomy.
Give women feelings of self- worth instead of placing handicaps on her.
Give her recognition for the work almost always unpaid, for raising compassionate and bright children who will go on to be our country’s enlightened leaders.
Stop paying her less for the same job as men perform, and recognize that women have a lot to offer in the arena of governing, not just playing politics.
Women who do not have access to birth control in third world countries really do not have a choice in their lives. They become slaves to patriarchist traditions and poor economies.
The freedom to grow as a person is taken away when the woman becomes an unwilling mother, no matter how many advocates claim that mother hood is the “god determined” role of the female.
God is becoming more and more irrelevant these days, and women are finding their voices.