Sunday, November 8, 2009

"Praise Be to Somebody"

By Guest Blogger: Molly Seymour Ghahtani*

I have been taking personal notes on different religions and their meanings lately. Some of them plain piss me off, including certain points of my very own Catholic religion. I find it really, really hard to understand some of the justifications of beliefs of religious laws written by MEN hundreds, even thousands of years ago. But we trudge on, blindly reciting and following and kneeling and praying and hoping that all of this is worth something someday. I believe it is but there are some finer points I beg to differ with.

I cannot imagine that God loves one person on this earth any less than the other. Tall, short, Muslim, thin, fat, disabled, Republican, gay, straight, married, Jewish, divorced, Democrat, Catholic, happy, Baptist, sad, angry, Buddhist, male, female.... you get the picture. God is supposedly all-forgiving, because we are, after all, humans who inherently make mistakes. I make mistakes every single day. But I know my God forgives me.

I take great issue with the fact that religions, such as Islam, believe that their god, Allah, values the worth of a woman to be half that of a man. Pardon me, Allah , and all your worldwide followers but screw that that shit. I am just as worthy of the same rights, love, values, and respect as any man. And as the mother of two daughters, I am extremely offended that anyone should tell my girls women are less important than men. Because I have a vagina and breasts and can bear children, I am the lesser sex? I am not supposed to go pray to my God while I am having my period because I am "unclean"? Really? Because I find that absolutely LUDICROUS.

Why don't you tell my daughters that boys are better than them? Boys are entitled to more in life and they should be able to do it first. Tell them their opinions and thoughts come second to a man's. What god would do this? Not my god. My god values ALL humans equally. But it is a person's right to believe what their faith tells them.

I thank MY god every day for living in a country that allows me to enjoy the freedom to practice and believe exactly whatever the hell I want to believe. If I want to pray to Jesus Christ, Buddha, even an alien, I can do as I choose. America is an amazing place.But there are parts of the world that view America as evil. Even though we give them millions of dollars, purchase an un-Godly (pardon the pun) amount of oil from them, and stand at arm's length in fear of pissing them off. I am also in awe at extremist factions of "religions" who believe their reward in the afterlife will be duly rewarded should they go to any length to destroy, murder, even commit suicide to rid this earth of what an insane "fundamentalist" leader deems as “evil”.

Exactly what is the fundamental base for your beliefs besides your own personal agenda? You are fundamentally jacked in the head, in my humble WOMANLY opinion. This might only count for HALF of what you consider worthy of noting but I am sure I can gather more than enough members of my gender to double your worthless ideals. God, I love America....

* Note from "The Sage". Molly Seymour Ghahtani is a suburban mom, originally from Michigan, married to her husband Sultan for 13 years. They have two daughters and live in the Chicago area. Molly says, "I teach dance part-time and love to write as sarcastically as possible. I tend to rant about what ails me (parenthood, children, drunk bimbos at the bar, etc.) with excessive profanity that might shock the mommies of some of my 3 year-old ballet students. The thing that makes me tick? Making people laugh!! Someday I'd love to write a screenplay, get a book published, or conquer something with my "funny" to make me end up on a red carpet somewhere. A girl can dream, can't she?" You can read Molly's blog and get a sense of her perspective on life at


How T got her groove back said...

Well said, Molly.... you hit the nail on the head (also on the funny bone). I'm not a feminist by any means, but am damn happy that I'm living in America AND can voice my opinion AND be heard, AND stand up for what I believe in, AND be considered equal in all senses of the word, AND dress how I want, AND... so much more. I love being an American woman! This is America... you can be who you want, just don't tell me who I should be!! Rock on, Sista!!

Leslie said...

Molly, you are spot on. There are many the extreme forms, that put women in lesser standing than men. Perhaps it is because they follow to the letter, the old teachings; whether it be the Old Testament, New Testament, or the Koran... It all spells ignorance.

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"They must not marry women defiled by prostitution or divorced from their husbands, because priests are holy to their God."
Leviticus 21:6-8


"As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the LORD your God gives you from your enemies."
Deuteronomy 20:13-15

Women, children, livestock as spoils of war.

"As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church." 1 Corinthians 14:33-35

Women need to be quiet while the men are talking.

I'm not posting these quotes to try to equate radical Muslim nations to the U.S. I'm only saying that Christianity didn't begin as a woman friendly religion. We have progressed as a society since then, but that is exactly the point. You are spot on when you said "...religious laws written by MEN hundreds, even thousands of years ago." Religions don't exist in a vacuum. Muslims in some countries don't value women as half a man because their god feels that way. They don't know how their god feels, or if he/she even exists. They don't talk to god. Neither do any of the followers of any other religion. The beliefs that people have in the name of their religion are about THEM not god. The real question is why do people in certain areas of the world feel that death in the name of god is better than life? Why is it so important for men to enforce laws with violence in the name of a, supposedly, all-powerful god? I don't have an answer to these questions. I believe that religion is just an excuse to do things that otherwise would seem wrong. I don't think that what religion someone is is even particularly relevant.

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