Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Rednesday: Th Gods

When some people come into our home for the first time, they ask PJ how he can live with all my red. It's true I have brought a lot of red things to this relationship, but it's funny that the most prominent red you see when you step through our front door is this quadriptych, which PJ made before he and I got together.

It's also funny that this work is the first thing you see when you walk into the house of two staunch atheists. I like to call myself a Jewish atheist. I was brought up Jewish and love the culture and traditions, but don't really see how any self-respecting female can believe in a monotheistic religion.

Ex-US president Jimmy Carter is batting for my team on this one. In Today's paper, in an article about why he is leaving the church after six decades he writes:
This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women's equal rights across the world for centuries.
Respect, Jimmy!

Here is what the original work – Fire Tower – looked like in situ:

4 comments:

hannah elizabeth said...

Someone challenged me today to start speaking about God in gender inclusive language to reflect the way I think on God.

(Text)ure and (me)aning said...

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2009/06/18/the_death_of_macho?page=0,0


Have you read this ms.meg?

ms. delisha said...

Brilliant post, egalitarian Meg.

The printing of Vonnegut's Slapstick that I read a couple of years ago had an introduction in it that was a turning point for me about two things. It changed my perspective on both atheism and the midwest of the United States.

I thought for many years that I HAD to believe in God. Maybe it was being raised Catholic. But, I, for similar reasons to you, cannot work for that corporation.

And, I have found happiness as an atheist living in the bible-belt.

Thank you, Mr. Vonnegut.

And, thank you, Meg.

xx
t

Lizzie said...

as a fellow jewish atheist, i say "amen" to this post.