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Elizabeth Cady Stanton

ElizabethCadyStantonI was skimming over facts and fun trivia that I was about to post; then again I bump into this. Out of all the verses contained in the Bible, about 500 are focused on prayer; less than 500 verses concentrate on faith; and a whopping 2,000 + are devoted to money and possessions. Hmm a compelling reason why “donation and support” are always part of their sermons. They can’t do away with it!

Now, it kills me finding out that amidst all the inconsistencies and contradictions that the bible depicts. How could a reasonable thinking being still clung into it? Aside from it, numerous dissertations and critiques have already been released to the public that directly exposed these inconsistencies.

One of my personal favorites is of course The Woman’s Bible. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a prominent leader of the Women’s Suffrage movement of the 19th century in America, wrote it. Unlike her contemporaries, Elizabeth did not content herself in the move for the women’s participation in election. On the contrary she exposed other women’s organization that were participating for other purpose; which is to ensure their religious influence on the government. It was during those times that the Protestants in America we’re thinking of including women in the election to ensure their interest in the government.

At the time were the people’s traditional mindset still in placed. It is very controversial to declare such as bold statement. Not being undermined with the controversies brought about her stand, she focused herself in lecture tours. Her theme is no longer concerned primarily with women’s self development but turned her attention to women’s sexuality, education, pecuniary independence, health (which includes reproductive health, birth control and family planning), rights to divorce and violence against women. Most of the time audiences will not object on her birth control message but her women’s right doctrines and their own Religious belief. She declared, “The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women’s emancipation.”

This reminds me of the long over due RH Bill, which is almost on it’s way to death. Numerous religious groups were opposing it, while dismissing it’s objective agenda. It pains me, that our president is a woman. It is even more painful finding out that, yes women nowadays were even able to seat in the highest post in the country and still enslave with their religious doctrines. It will be 194th commemoration day of Elizabeth Cady Stanton on November 13th, 2009. Almost centuries long and still were facing the same situation though on different lands. It was a century after the publication of the book of the woman’s Bible, did the American community acknowledge Stanton’s contributions. It was these days as well did the Women’s International Movement incorporated the studies of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Now it is gaining its international recognition. Will it be the time where we can at least contemplate on her viewpoint? I wonder if we’re at least ready! I wonder until when can we hold up with our “default” belief system and at least open our minds to other options and possibilities.

 
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