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Being Beguine | Sisters of the Valley
"If no-one objects to the rather bizarre notion that nuns wear their wedding dresses daily, to re-live their marriage to God, then certainly people can wrap their heads around the concept of a Sisterhood of women who work with cannabis plants, make home-made tonics and tinctures, and support themselves through their own labors and without need of alms?
"They object because there are no men in charge here. They object because there is no male-founded, male-run, male dominated church here. There are men here, of course, but they don’t run the show. Furthermore, our order is ‘self-formed’ and, as ‘weed-nuns’, we are self-declared, which makes us empowered, and the old grey-haired white dudes running the central valley of California find that to be frightening.
"In case you hadn’t heard, we are leaving a two-hundred-thousand-year-old period of male energies ruling the planet and are entering the age of feminine energies ruling the planet. We are leaving our ‘conquer all’ mentality that formed our civilizations and we are entering an age of preservation, nurturing, nesting. Of course, female energies must now rule, if we want to keep our people inhabiting this planet. (Never mind Trump, Brexit, Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen, and the others of their ilk, they represent the last gasp of a dying paradigm. You didn’t think the conquerors would go down without a fight, did you? But worry not — hate is not a sustainable political platform.)"  catholicism  christianity  nun  sister  beguine  religion  cannabis  california  agriculture  marriage  sisterhood  weed  women  feminism  power  tradition  land  ceremony  energy  politics  service  activism  spirituality  bible  latin  tincture  salve  product  history  persecution 
december 2016 by cluebucket
At Mercy Multiplied, troubled young women come to believe their mental-health counselors speak for God.
"Today, the sixth step in Alcorn’s seven-step counseling model is called Freedom From Oppression—but before 2009, it was called “Demonic Oppression,” according to three former residents. Mercy changed the name shortly after administrators at Mercy-branded facilities in Australia were found to have stolen residents’ welfare checks and local papers reported that employees at these homes were practicing exorcisms."
"Mercy put this disclaimer on its website: “Mercy Ministries does not practice Recovered Memory Therapy.” This past October, when the organization rebranded itself as Mercy Multiplied, the disclaimer disappeared."

Christian crooks ugh
mercy_ministries  mercy_multiplied  healthcare  mental_health  clinic  counseling  nancy_alcorn  christy_singleton  fake  2016  2010s  2000s  christianity  abuse  religion  evangelical  corruption  america  australia  prayer  brainwashing  jennifer_miller  1990s  therapy  survival  license  medicine  donation 
may 2016 by cluebucket
Losing my religion for equality
"The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable."

"During the years of the early Christian church women served as deacons, priests, bishops, apostles, teachers and prophets. It wasn't until the fourth century that dominant Christian leaders, all men, twisted and distorted Holy Scriptures to perpetuate their ascendant positions within the religious hierarchy."  jimmy_carter  religion  2009  2000s  discrimination  christianity  baptist  women  equality  justice  politics  politician  power  bible 
january 2016 by cluebucket
The New, Ugly Surge in Violence and Threats Against Abortion Providers | MetaFilter #6300938
long good comment (partial excerpt here)

I hold that the "life starts at conception" model of life, that presents life as a set of instructions rather than a specific, embodied, material entity, is in fact of itself anti-woman, anti-worker, and anti-human. I say this because it neglects the role of work in the making of a human, specifically the grueling, health-wrecking, dangerous work done by women's bodies in realizing a baby through following the fertilized zygote's instructions for babymaking. Because the (fundamentally Platonist) "life from conception" model presents instructions as perfect and complete in and of themselves — as already alive — the only contributions the mother makes are understood as negative. By doing the wrong thing, or eating the wrong thing, or aborting the process of baby-making, a woman might screw up her baby, but all of her positive work done in turning a set of instructions into a real baby is ignored. This is because the baby is already real, in this model, even when it's just a set of instructions and not much else. No woman required, at least not once she's provided the half-set of instructions found in her egg.
metafilter  abortion  law  belief  technology  you_can't_tip_a_buick  white_supremacy  slacktivist  christianity  protestant  life  pregnancy  human  fundamentalist  misogyny  hate  labor  conception  philosophy  work  comment  feminism  neglect  rights  women  violence  2015  2010s 
november 2015 by cluebucket
Conversion via Twitter - The New Yorker
"When Brittany Murphy died, Phelps-Roper had seen the disparity between her reaction and that of the rest of the church as a sign that something was wrong with her. Now the contradiction of her mother’s glee and her own sadness made her wonder if something was wrong with the church."
newyorker  adrien_chen  megan_phelps-roper  westboro_baptist  church  cult  christianity  oppression  2015  2010s  1990s  2000s  2012  fred_phelps  planting_peace  twitter  conversion  belief  faith  change  hell  profile  grace_phelps-roper  kansas  america  hate  zach_phelps-roper  misogyny  patriarchy  religion  brainwash  funeral  jewish  lgbtq  queer  jewlicious  david_abitol  michael_ian_black  shirley_phelps 
november 2015 by cluebucket
Face it, black people. Michael Brown let you down. — Culture Club — Medium
"A man was born under magical circumstances, lived among the poor and sick, and performed miracles. He was sentenced to a brutal and unjust death, which he accepted, because it was for the good of his neighbors — even those that hated him. He was, literally, perfect.

"Maybe that’s why the recent revelation that Jesus may have had a wife is so controversial. People are angry about this, but they shouldn’t be. After all, what’s the matter with having a wife? If you believe, it doesn’t change anything, at all. He still performed miracles. He still died. He still came back. He’s still God’s son. You can still pray to him.

"But maybe the issue is that as a (formerly) Puritan society, we need our saviors to be spotless, to be clean. Perhaps that’s what all the fuss is about."
dex_digital  dexdigi  culture  society  america  michael_brown  dexter_thomas  writing  ferguson  2014  2010s  trayvon_martin  oscar_grant  jesus_christ  iftheygunnedmedown  perfection  morality  religion  human  race  racism  death  christianity  killing  punishment  media 
august 2014 by cluebucket
Why I Love Marilynne Robinson : The New Yorker
"'On some impulse, plain exuberance, I suppose, the fellow jumped up and caught hold of a branch, and a storm of luminous water came pouring down on the two of them, and they laughed and took off running, the girl sweeping water off her hair and her dress as if she were a little bit disgusted, but she wasn’t. It was a beautiful thing to see, like something from a myth. I don’t know why I thought of that now, except perhaps because it is easy to believe in such moments that water was made primarily for blessing, and only secondarily for growing vegetables or doing the wash.'
"Robinson discusses her conviction that the capacity to make imaginative connections with other people, familiar and foreign, is the basis of community"
mark_o'connell  newyorker  marilynne_robinson  writer  author  book  writing  style  eloquence  religion  christianity  novel  2012  2010s  gilead  morality  imagination  fiction  community  review  21st_century 
september 2012 by cluebucket
Quack, Quack!
the essence of qvc and crazy christian crafty ladies, boiled down, served to you direct
quacker_factory  livejournal  community  jeanne_bice  funny  tv  qvc  2000s  christianity  craft  shop  homeshopping  humor  fan 
october 2011 by cluebucket

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