Do women deserve to have equal rights with men? Yes. Does it say so in
religion? Absolutely not. I should specify though, that not all religions depict women
as inferior to men. But also that not even one religion believes in gender equality.
Because of the recent attacks the world has started being more cautious
towards religion. The sad fact is that is only because of terrorist attacks that are
immediately related to Islam. Not being aware that 30% of this year’s attacks were
made by white Christian males. Focusing on these threats, the idea that religions can
be a terrible weapon in the wrong hands has started to hit people. Using religion to
brainwash people or make them believe something which is terribly wrong is the
ultimate manipulation skill. I find it really hard to put my faith in a religion that
makes women feel like slaves or that have no rights and men as a superior power.
One example is Islam. Muslim women are dirty polluting creatures according to
Quran. It’s written that if a man has contact with a woman he should go and clean
himself immediately. It’s also written that a man is equal to two women. Such words
cannot describe anything else other than the fact that men are superior. The correct
words are: Men are a degree above them (women). Women should not be
provocative towards men. They should dress accordingly to what men think is
appropriate for them and should remain in a submissive state. Basically, everything
that’s written is a reminder of the patriarchal system.
Not only that but the Bible also says that women should learn to be
submissive and to keep quiet because men have much higher and harder
responsibilities to take care of. Many leadership roles in the organized church have
been restricted to males. In the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches, only men
may serve in leadership positions such as pope, patriarch, bishop or a priest. Women
may only serve as abbesses priests or deacons; only males serve in senior leadership
positions such as pope, a patriarch, and bishop. Women may serve only as nuns. And
apparently, if you are raped, you have to marry the rapist because you don’t have
honor anymore. The history of leaders in the Christian community has way more
men than females which are almost unrecognizable.
I’m not trying to criticize one religion more than the other, although it may seem so
at the first view. I took into consideration Quran and Bible because those are the
most dominant religions around the world. But even the orthodoxies believe that
women should be responsible mostly for parenting. India has at least 9 official
religions and all of them tell the story of the submissive woman suited for home life.
I’m trying to understand how can so many people believe in such extremist
gods. Such gods that are thought to have made everyone equal but apparently the
writings say otherwise. Statistics say that women are more religious than men.
Pretty weird considering that I just said that almost every religion is sexist. So why is
that? Very simple. Women tend to be more religious in terms of meditation and
relaxation. Praying to another higher power is very calming for everyone. But they
also tend to read more religious books because they empathize themselves with what
it’s written. Comparing the world and gender system, they feel themselves on these kinds
of religions and are submissive to how the world is created by these “men”.
Being submissive to these books that are written by men that had no idea of
equality is nothing but wrong. Strongly believing in these gods that have no idea of
the equality power is not right. Humanity created gods as racist, sexist, homophobic
and violent. Humanity created these books to describe these gods according to their
likings. Hopefully, people will understand what is happening with religions and find
the will to defy the wrongdoings, because the will is all that matters. Everyone is
Prepared by: Xhois Qarri