Becky over at Pursuit of Harpyness has an interesting post up today about Women of the Wall, a group of diverse Jewish women who go to pray at the Wailing Wall, which is under the control of the Ultra-Orthodox, anti-woman, sect of Judaism. The women endure repeated abuses, both verbal and physical, every time they go to pray, and now the government is taking legal action against them.
I find it interesting that one of the main things that all three of the Abrahamic religions have in common is their stubborn belief that women are some how less godly than men. That simply by virtue of being feminine, they are not allowed to speak directly to god in the formal ceremonies of the religion.
The attitude of the church towards its women was one of the primary reasons that I left the Catholic Church, and it saddens me to see women having to fight this same battle over and over again. At the same time, I can't help but stand up and cheer for those women who are taking their faith practices into their own hands, despite the challenges. I may not share their beliefs, but I certainly admire their courage.
For related reading, see: American Catholic nuns under fire from Rome, and a History of Women as Imams
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