January 20, 2019, Scottsdale-
Today is World Religion Day, so after a regular monthly study session, in Prescott Valley, I headed down to the Baha’i Community Center here. There is an annual observance, honouring the commonality of the world’s religions, and most of the major faiths of North America were represented – Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikh, Buddhism and Baha’i. (Only the Native American traditional faiths were unrepresented. We consider Catholicism and LDS to be Christianity, as well as the denominations of Protestantism).
This also being the weekend of the Women’s March, the theme of today’s gathering was “The Role of Women in Religion”. It is quite commonly held that the various faiths hold women down, to one extent or another. While a careful examination of various Scriptures shows that this is not so. it is very clear that those who promulgated the major religions, after the Ascensions of their Founders, saw fit to cherry-pick and manipulate the meanings of certain verses, so as to subvert women’s equanimity with men-in all too many instances. I will have more to say about this matter, especially during March, which is Women’s History Month.
I want to note, regarding yesterday’s Women’s March, in Prescott, that several hundred people, of various political standpoints, managed to be in a small space together, displaying signs with their points of view, and managing to not antagonize one another, at least while I was there. This is as it should be. One conservative woman, carrying a “pro-Trump” sign, nonetheless voiced agreement that women must be given the right to speak, on any issue, and be heard, on every issue. Penny and her mother would be shouting in agreement, as do my mother and just about every woman in my family and in my circle of friends.
The fire of purification burns on, in their hearts and in my heart.
Here is a presentation, at any earlier event, by Rev. Renee Morgan Brooks, who sang today, as well. She was a friend and collaborator of Penny’s.