Have you noticed the emergence of some good ol' boy's clubs and the attention given them by the media? How there is little or no derogatory coverage given?
The Million Man March on Washington was cheered by many as an acknowledgement of men taking responsibility for themselves. The main message was that our culture should go back in time to when men led and women followed or else!
Of course. Women are to blame for conditions in the world today because they do not stay in their PLACE -- place being defined by scripture written thousands of years ago along with scripture which commands lots of other things relating to facial hair, clothing, food and conduct, for example, but these are mostly ignored.
We saw and heard of the Promise Keepers and learn that their fundamental message was the same as the MMM. Both of these clubs excluded women and both based their belief on their interpretation of words in a book, called the Bible, which may be summarized as: man, made in the image of, serves god and woman serves man.
(For you who wish a reference other than those found in the chapters by Paul, try Titus 2:5.) It was this verse that a Berryville, Arkansas pastor used recently as the reason he shut down the church's day-care center. He did this "...to get mothers to stay at home because working mothers neglect their children; damage their marriages and set a bad example." (We ask, to whom? Working fathers?)
Now, with the same authority of the boy's clubs mentioned above, come the Army of God. Pledged to eliminate a woman's reproductive choice (and gays), they do this by killing. Bombs which are filled with nails and other hardware that is sure to cause deaths and injuries are used by this group to intimidate by terror. (All these activities blessed by God, presumably.)
This group just intensifies the terrorism induced by the anti-choice cults who go by many names, one of which used to be Operation Rescue (until it was fined a goodly amount for its terrorists acts and dissolved itself to avoid payment.) It has regrouped under another name and is now marching with fraudulent posters in front of high schools and accosting students. Although one may see girl/women carrying signs and praying, this group is run by and financed by men.
Perhaps the most insidious of the newer boy's clubs have called themselves the Independent Women's Forum.
This one is fronted for the most part by rich, white wives of rich white men who may have prominent positions in their own "right" (no pun intended, but be advised they are conservatives.) This group gives the boy's clubs a female confirmation of their "facts." They joined in with the anti-choice lie that abortion causes cancer, and more recently they are in full cry denouncing efforts to get more medical research to include women. They insist that silicone breast implants are perfectly safe and that women are being hysterical. They defend the medical establishment's penchant for using mostly males in their studies. (Mona Charen is their prime media mouthpiece.)
One must also include in these boy's clubs, an anti-choice group calling itself *F*-ists for Life. They send speakers around to hate-radio-talk-shows to insist that *F*-ists are against abortion. The speakers claim to be knowledgeable in biology and medicine but are stumped by even the most elemental of questions.
As you may have noticed, some of the enforcement arms of these boy's clubs are girl/women. Girl/women who "man" the terrorist lines in front of women's clinics; girl/women who call daily to local and national hate-radio to derogate their own gender; girl/women who find the role of bully for the boys very much to their liking; girl/women who support and wish to enforce the return of the woman's role as handmaiden and girl/women who remind us of . . . ?
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