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Part Two in this series presented the viewpoint that organized religion continues to be part of a criminal world – crime & punishment. I thank the following people for spending time responding to Part One & Two: duckham, goaway, jamie_macnab, newsjunkie, haymaker, dickgreendoxon, peterbarnett, roj, cymbeline, candess

“A woman’s experience of giving birth, lactation and menstruation are alien to man and therefore this prompts man to view the woman as a lesser of the two sexes, basically unequal” – Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex.

So does God feel the same?

Apparently organized religion has unequivocally projected God or the Creator as a male. Why? Why is God not female, unisex or even asexual? For instance, it is Our Father in Heaven and not Our Mother in Heaven.

Why do we use the terms Mother Nature, Mother Earth and not Father Nature and Father Earth?

Could it be that the subjugation of woman originates from organized religion that has projected God or the Creator as a male entity: The Holy Trinity, Yahweh, Brahma/Vishnu/Shiva, Allah etc.

Some examples of organized religion’s exercise in misogyny.

Bible – The woman’s role is evident in the Adam and Eve saga. The man was seduced by a woman to eat the apple from the forbidden tree.

Qu’ran – Men are to rub dirt on their hands if there is no water to purify them following casual contact with a woman (such as shaking hands).

Hinduism – The pathetic end to Draupadi (Mahabharata) and Sita (Ramayana).

There are numerous examples in organized religion that paint a lurid image of woman while at the same time honoring mothers. Is this a puerile paradox that confirms the findings of Simone de Beauvoir?

Organized religion has an apparent obsession with virgins. The Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ was a virgin and based on this premise the Catholic Church has propagated this concept/belief. Virginity is a recurring theme in the Bible.

In Islam it is believed that a man who enters paradise will be received by 72 virgins.

Judaism – There is much discussion about virgins in temples. In the Jewish scriptures virginity appears for the first time in Genesis.

Hinduism – an excerpt from the Puranas – “The sun-god said: O beautiful Prtha, your meeting with the demigods cannot be fruitless. Therefore, let me place my seed in your womb so that you may bear a son. I shall arrange to keep your virginity intact, since you are still an unmarried girl”

So basically the man can have sexual relations and still be “clean” while the woman must be a virgin to keep her purity till of course a God has intercourse with her or she gets married. One wonders about the fate of a woman who does otherwise?

Does it really matter if Our Blessed Mother Mary was a virgin? And that the Lord Jesus Christ was the immaculate conception? Mother Mary was the mother of Jesus and this should be enough to honor her.

Obviously Man has played the primary role in organizing religion to suit his needs, social, sexual and political to subjugate Woman.

Could it be that organized religion has downgraded the woman of her divine right  by emphasizing her sexual fallibility, while promoting the myth of man’s infallibility by distorting the truth in the Scriptures?

To be concluded in Part Four…