Taliban, the Pope and Stephen Harper
does this unlikely trinity have in common?
The first glaring
commonality of these three that comes to my mind is their unhealthy
concentration on controlling women’s most intimate body parts.
our Prime Minister: While Mr. Harper appears displeased with his
backbencher’s determination (Stephen Woodworth) to try to open up the
abortion debate in Canada, Harper is, in my opinion, the architect of
the planned proposed debate. Our Prime Minister belongs to a
fundamentalist, literalistic, Pentecostal church whose pastor and
congregation are waiting along with our Prime Minister for the “Rapture”
(when Jesus Christ comes back to earth floating through the sky).
Until then, for these religionists, according to the Bible, men are the
head of their households and women must obey their husbands.
control is frowned upon and abortion made a crime by association with
women’s perceived inferiority.
The Catholic Church?
we all know Catholic popes have forever condemned birth control and
abortion even as significant numbers of their priests have endured the
priesthood by buggering little boys, or sometimes, depending on their
proclivity, little girls. And the Taliban? Well, their holy book says
husbands can beat their wives if they disobey, all four of them if need
So according to their religious beliefs, Harper, The Pope and the
Taliban are simply being true to their faith when acting out their
sexist beliefs about women. They sincerely believe that women are not
equal, and will never be, in fact have been put here by their various
gods to have numerous babies, preferably sons, cook, and cleanup behind
the males while teaching daughters their job description.
is, all three of these categories of patriarchal male groups wield a
great deal of power over women.
course Mr. Harper would have been better pleased, with increased
confidence in eventually imposing his religious beliefs on all the women
of this nation, had the Wild Rose Party succeeded in Alberta. I
believe the Wild Rose people voice the same utter contempt for women
that our Prime Minister dare not say aloud. And yes, I know the wildest
wild rose of the Alberta Wild Rose Party is a woman. An ignorant woman
in my opinion, as Danielle Smith doesn’t recognize science, evolution,
or global warming. She doesn’t like other women, either, or she wouldn’t
happily consign them to the hell of unwanted pregnancies. This doesn’t
even make good economic sense.
are now more women working in Canada than men. While the religious
right wing is hell bent on women not having reproductive rights, they at
the same time refuse to even consider affordable day care (Harper
government). Day care in BC costs the equivalent of what a woman working
for minimum wage would make in an outside job in many of the operating
day care facilities in BC. Only the Quebec government has the attention
span, or the slightest interest in women’s lives, to subtract these two
numbers and realize that women will find ways not to obey such stupid,
contradictory dictums from right wing religious fanatics who are not
guided even by common sense, but by a delusional Biblical Armageddon
Star Wars scenario.
agree with Robin Mathew’s article: “Psychopaths in Power: The Fight for
Democracy in Canada" by Robin Mathews April 22nd, 2012. We are not
being governed by simple incompetence, or by fiscal conservatives’, but
by actual social psychopaths.