I heard about this disturbing stuff at Butterflies and Wheels (in all cases, my emphasis):
Nearly 7,000 Virginia children whose families have opted to keep them out of public school for religious reasons are not required to get an education, the only children in the country who do not have to prove they are being home-schooled or otherwise educated, according to a study.
Virginia is the only state that allows families to avoid government intrusion once they are given permission to opt out of public school, according to a report from the University of Virginia’s School of Law. It’s a law that is defended for promoting religious freedom and criticized for leaving open the possibility that some children will not be educated.
I have no problem with homeschooling in itself, but I don’t see how a situation like this will ever end well.
Once parents in Virginia are granted a religious exemption, they’re no longer legally obligated to educate their children.
The statute does not allow exemptions for political or philosophical beliefs “or a merely personal moral code,” but the beliefs do not have to be part of a mainstream religion….
Yet again we have perverse privileging of religious belief over secular belief.
Now, I have no absolute proof, but it is virtually inevitable that girls will be the ones who will be denied a or deprived of an adequate education under this scheme of legalizing child abuse. How do I realize that? How many religions mandate the oppression/subordination of men? None (that matter). How many mandate the oppression/subordination of women? Most (that matter).
Denying education and choices to girls is child abuse. Here’s why (after the jump):
Now, virtually everyone knows that the terrorist likely responsible for the attacks in Norway, Anders Behring Breivik, is a wingnut–type extremist, with virulently anti–Islam and anti–atheism views. What you might not know is that he’s also an evil misogynist.
From his 1500+ page manifesto, a partly plagiarized collection of the mad ravings of a maniac mass murderer: Continue Reading
Via Pharyngula comes a movie trailer about women telling women to oppress women. Although it is actually a few years old now, it seems to have just entered the feminist blogosphere. The trailer is truly horrific:
More is after the jump.
First the good:
Feministing reports that the American Family Association is urging a boycott of Campbell’s Soup because it subsidiary, Swanson Broth, dared to do good and run an ad featuring a lesbian couple and their son in a gay magazine, The Advocate. Stand up for equality: buy more Campbell’s, give surplus to charity, and tell Campbell’s how they are doing good and that you will continue to support them.
Now the bad:
Religion Dispatches reports on how the winner of a “Manliness” contest sponsored by Old Spice is a man called Matthew Chancey. Matthew Chancey is a Christian Reconstructionist and a truly evil man. He is against women’s rights, and supports theocracy and women being submissive. He was supported by Vision Forum, which is against women’s suffrage. THIS IS TRULY EVIL AND MUST NOT BE TOLERATED. Tell Proctor & Gamble how bad they really are and never ever buy another one of their products.