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
and the Board of Directors - not to mention the U.S. Senate,
the House of Representatives, and your state legislatures,
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?
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:
a woman belongs at home,
she was literally created for the purpose of serving, submitting
and sacrificing herself
to a man, preferably while bearing his
a woman is forbidden under any circumstances to hold a position
power or authority
over a man.
we would like to admit it or not, these
ideas are deeply rooted in our nation's traditions, laws and
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
saith the Lord."*
another illustrative example one need only look at the power structure
of the Catholic church. There will NEVER be female priests, bishops
- positions of tremendous influence, power and authority over
vast sums of wealth and huge segments of the population - because
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
always benefitted far more than women from
religious tax subsidies.
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
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.
next time Congress is looking for an extra $20 billion a year to
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.
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
as judges, priestesses, even generals - particularly in societies
where female deities were worshipped. But hey, that's for another