After empath mentioned Eve Ensler’s “One Billion Rising”, and we talked about that a bit, I had brought up the fact that Feminism has become a religion. Watch this for a glimpse of this religion in action. Watch this clip please.
What is being shown here is a religious moment. The way we are opposing Feminism within the MRM is essentially a philosophical/ethical approach to dealing with it, often with legal or political measures undertaken, but that is essentially what is being done. If you think about it, the MRM could generally be summed up as saying this:
“If men and women are equals, then we equally have a responsibility to work on creating a society that is good to both genders. There are times when men have superior advantages and times when women have superior advantages.” However this is the result of rational arguments generally within Western Civilization by people who propose the idea that civilization involves developing useful compromises.
Now, Feminism has not really had this position in living memory. Watching that video, you may notice that someone left this comment: “Until we can end violence against the most vulnerable, women and children, there is no reason to even think of or even be concerned about violence against men. Men are most likely to be victims of violence from other men. And so are women and children. Enough said.”
Friends, this is the kind of thing you expect from a religious faith. Catchphrases and pat responses that essentially mean nothing, but that invoke a brilliant future when the faith is fulfilled.
Not trying to mock anyone here, because most of us are people of faith, but how often have we almost grimaced, turned away from the unauthentic church experience, because it had no real substance? But let’s face it, authentic faith is rare, as Jesus said it was of those who would follow him. It’s the same here. If you examine Feminist thought, you find that it has little to do with biology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy–in a sense even politics is rather a means to an end for Feminists, which is why for example Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Clinton, Indira Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto, Golda Meir, Sara Palin, Condoleeza Rice are not ‘real’ women leaders. This is why it is almost impossible to get just about any feminist you know to admit that there are flaws within the movement–because only in religions, or at least belief systems people swear homage to religiously–do people refuse to consider such flaws.
Think about this a moment. Someone who loves a football team will often quite willingly examine the pros and cons of the team’s chances at the Superbowl; someone who supports a political party will often gladly shake their head at the stance the party is making about a policy. We have all rolled our eyes I’m sure at a favourite author writing a book we didn’t like.
However when people are utterly devoted to a religion, they almost never, ever, accept even the notion of criticism against it, because for most people who don’t like to think about their faith, doing that would somehow make it untrue.
This is something they’d probably never say, but it’s how they react.
Now this brings me to my real point. When people are opposing Feminism because they see that it is leading to injustice, cruelty or wrongdoing of some kind, they often oppose it as though it can be reasoned with. But you see Feminism is a religion that is as accepted now as mainstream values as Christianity was sixty years ago–it’s NORMAL. Because of this, people don’t even realize they’re supporting it.
Now something else: most religions on an official basis rarely support the causes they supposedly espouse. For example Christians are often (as a mass group) more concerned about same sex marriage than poverty or helping the sick, even though Jesus specifically mentions care of the poor and sick as being virtues by which Christians can be recognized. So it should not surprise us that typically Feminism is a hypocritical religion that makes a lot of talk about concern about equality but in fact does little about it.
So how do you deal with a religion when it is unjust?
Historically speaking, the only things that work are the following:
1. Demonstrating its irrelevance. When a religion can provide little to nothing and is proven to do so, because another force does the work it purports to do, it becomes irrelevant and people stop taking it very seriously. This is how Elijah defeated the Prophets of Baal.
2. Exposing its scandals, crimes and corruption. Note: this does not include philosophical debates and arguments. This is by the way how Daniel defeated the priests of Dagon.
3. Willingness to risk standing out, martyrdom, defeat because it is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. This is what the good men and women throughout the Bible did. . For us this may mean being shunned in our churches, risking having people horrified by things we say because they have been taught that lies were truth.
Friends, what we are facing is a false faith. I know others have said this, but this is principally what it is. It appeals to people like that video–it SEEMS good. It SOUNDS just and right. We barely need any further analysis; we know what it says, we’ve read the works of their own authors and their own blogs and seen their films, and we know the lies for what they are.