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Jun. 6th, 2004 | 10:46 am

off of news.google.com Saudi women can own businesses.

The saudi government is needing to use the rhetoric of "fighting terrorism" to allow women to own their own businesses. They're hoping this will help improve their economy and thus help deal with their massive unemployment (from whence all those terrorists are spawned).

It is of course opposed by conservative religious groups (much like every other social advancement).

I wonder if there exist any large religions that are women positive? The only one I can think of is wicca, other than that any religiously approved positive treatment of women has come from women demanding better treatment.

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Rydw i'n hoffi coffi

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from: mactavish
date: Jun. 6th, 2004 12:35 pm (UTC)
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There are some that aren't monolithic about whether they're women-positive. Some denominations or subcultures within Christianity are, some aren't. As a whole, it's not generalizable.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jun. 7th, 2004 03:09 pm (UTC)
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I do remember hearing that there were something like 20,000 different christian sects. The best test I've got to see how open an organization might be is to check how multicultural it's leadership is. (So for instance the catholic church is likely to stay anti-women as there are no cardnels or female popes.)

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Robin

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from: solri
date: Jun. 6th, 2004 03:27 pm (UTC)
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It is of course opposed by conservative religious groups

That is pretty ironic, considering that Mohammed's first wife was his boss.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jun. 7th, 2004 03:18 pm (UTC)
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I've always wondered if the conservative islamic teachers ever tried to reconcile that bit of information.

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Robin

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from: solri
date: Jun. 7th, 2004 03:25 pm (UTC)
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They just ignore it, like the line in the Koran that says the rights of a woman over her husband are equal to the rights he has over her, or the fact that women fought alongside men in the first jihad, or Mohammed's repeated condemnation of wife-beating, or ...

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Nafees

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from: nogbogfrog
date: Jun. 7th, 2004 09:33 am (UTC)
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I think that as far as the letter of the law goes Islam is pro-women. However the patriarchical societies (arab, north african, persian, south asian, javanese) in which Islam is popular have often interpreted the spirit of the law in ways most befitting their existing social structures.

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Dilinger

Funny how people do...

from: dilinger
date: Jun. 7th, 2004 03:00 pm (UTC)
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What they want then find a way to explain it later.
Having my first kid I worry I will fail to instill in him
a sense of right and wrong which he will be able to explain.
Words fail me all to often. I hope to motivate him to learn
becasue I believe that is what I lacked the most. (The good
thing is I don't need glasse, the bad thing I don't know the
world as well as I should in order to share with others.)

Common Sense isn't so common.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jun. 7th, 2004 03:16 pm (UTC)
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There does frequently seem to be a disconnect between what the founder of a religon says and what their followers decided to do with those teachings.

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