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WORKING WOMAN

You make 75 cents on the dollar compared to a male doing the same job. The glass ceiling is firmly in place with very few exceptions, and it's nearly impossible to break into the boys club of senior management and the Board of Directors - not to mention the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, and your state legislatures, where you are also disproportionatey under-represented and where your so-called representatives demonstrate daily how far out of touch they are with your day-to-day concerns. Do you ever wonder why? Are you sure you really want to know the answer?

Here it is: It's because the culture of our nation is a musky, grisly stew of Judeo-Chistian tradition and docrtine. In fact, every "sacred text" of the three major world religions consistently teaches that:

1) a woman belongs at home,

2) she was literally created for the purpose of serving, submitting and sacrificing herself to a man, preferably while bearing his children, and

3) a woman is forbidden under any circumstances to hold a position of power or authority over a man.

Whether we would like to admit it or not, these ideas are deeply rooted in our nation's traditions, laws and social customs, and so, not surprisingly, in the business world, where pay and power inequities exist not because women cannot do the job of a man, but because of the influence of traditional biblical doctrines that say they should not. After all, "Thus saith the Lord."*

For another illustrative example one need only look at the power structure of the Catholic church. There will NEVER be female priests, bishops or archbishops - positions of tremendous influence, power and authority over vast sums of wealth and huge segments of the population - because this would be in direct opposition to every single biblical teaching on the appropriate roles for women (in particular #3 above). Thus being vastly overrepresented in the heirarchy of the clergy of every major world religion, men have always benefitted far more than women from religious tax subsidies.

So take a good look at your next pay stub or tax return, and just consider what your own taxes are subsidizing. Then DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Of course one of the things we love most about our country is that people have the right to follow whatever faith they wish - but not on your hard-earned dime.

Remember, no one is suggesting that you abandon your church, or more particularly, your faith. However, when religious institutions are paying their fair share of taxes like the rest of us, your own tax burden will be significantly lessened, and consequently you will be better able to contribute financially to whatever institutions you wish to support.

But the next time Congress is looking for an extra $20 billion a year to finance another war, tell them to look no further than an income tax on religious payroll. Better yet, tell them today, and let them know that you intend to VOTE accordingly.

Tax the churches.

*Interestingly, this was not always the case. Despite church efforts to eradicate it for a few thousand years, evidence abounds that in many ancient civilizations, women routinely held positions of power and authority as judges, priestesses, even generals - particularly in societies where female deities were worshipped. But hey, that's for another web site...-Iris

 

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