“Sixthly, in all three positions examined, we encountered gender differences in violence and religion. To a degree, this may be related to the biological basis of violence, but it also begs further critical analysis of the ways in which religion serves to authorize masculine violence. More profound maybe would be the inquiry as to how both violence and religion are used to maintain masculine (heterosexist) dominance. Especially the combination of invoking religious claims and incidents of physical and cultural violence has served to oppress women and non-heterosexual men.” – R. Ruard Ganzevoort
CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
"Religions in general have to rediscover their roots. In Hinduism and the Koran, animals are described as equals. If you walk into a cathedral and look at the decorations of early Christianity, there are vines, animals, creatures and birds thriving all over the stonework." - Margaret Atwood
"I think Islam has been hijacked by the idea that all Muslims are terrorists; that Islam is about hate, about war, about jihad - I think that hijacks the spirituality and beauty that exists within Islam. I believe in allowing Islam to be seen in context and in its entirety and being judged on what it really is, not what you think it is." - Aasif Mandvi
“Beware of organizations that proclaim their devotion to the light without embracing, bowing to the dark; for when they idealize half the world they must devalue the rest.” -Starhawk
Three Beliefs of Wicca
- We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters.
- We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity – as masculine and feminine – and that this same Creative Power lies in all people and functions through the interaction of the masculine and the feminine. We value neither above the other knowing each to be supportive of the other. We value sex as pleasure as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energy used in magical practice and religious worship.
- We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.