This Sounds Awfully Familiar

Group At Conservative Conference Urge Women To ‘Go Home And Put Some Clothes On’

WASHINGTON, DC — Literature being handed out at the Values Voter Summit on Friday attacks women for being “immodest” and extolled them to “go home and put some clothes on!”

The article is from ThinkProgress, but unfortunately there wasn’t any file or website I was able to find that went into the details.  The best I could do is what TP provided in the article:

Women must “embrace MODESTY in dress and behavior,” one of the handouts read. Women dressed immodestly in church are “an insult to a holy God,” another said.  Other excerpts:

– From the “Modesty: It’s nothing to be ashamed of” pamphlet:  “Since men are particularly visual, immodesty in church can trigger lustful thoughts.”

“My men’s bible study group talks frequently about controlling our lust, thoughts, and eyes. Yes the problem and responsibility are ours, but is it really reasonable for the women of the church to make it THIS difficult for us?”

– From the “True Woman Manifesto”: “All women, whether married of single, are to model femininity in their various relationships, by exhibiting a distinctive modesty, responsiveness, and gentleness of spirit.”

Once again, we can thank the hard work and biblical morality of the Family Research Council for this little gem.  In case you don’t remember the FRC, their brand of “research” involves making things up about homosexuals in order to turn public opinion against them, like connecting them with pedophilia, or claiming that same sex parents harm the psychological development of children.

Real scientists that do actual research have some serious reservations about the work of this supposed “Research” council, but it hasn’t stopped them yet.

Thing is, I can’t help but get the feeling that this kind of stuff sounds awfully familiar.  Where have I seen passages about women needing to dress a certain way in order to keep themselves pure … hmmm …

Oh yeah.

And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their khimār over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husband, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. (Quran 24:31)

I keep thinking the Republican / Evangelical Christians’ talking points on the  “takeover” of the American legal system by Islamic Sharia law isn’t based on anything other than a fear of another equally oppressive institution getting a foothold on their territory before they have the chance to subjugate everyone first.  Every day I hear things that convince me that if we didn’t have the mitigating effects of an effective and strong secular legal system in this country, there would be very little to differentiate the kind of societal structure we’d have here versus what we currently see in places like the tribal regions of Pakistan.

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One Response to This Sounds Awfully Familiar

  1. mistlethrush1 says:

    Regardless of which religion or ideology one might be discussing,fundamentalism and fanaticism all lead down the same road – oppression, fear-mongering to cow those that are controlled, power-grabbing and abuse of that power as this example very clearly illustrates. Refusal to see that their way is the same as that of the ‘other’ (i.e the ‘enemy’, the scapegoat used to bolster their power by creating something to fear) shows that theirfear is seated in relinquishing even an atom of the power they wield like a club..

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