Yesterday the House finally passed the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act with no help from Republicans. All of the no-votes came from Republicans- mostly from the South. Seventy-five no-votes were recorded from the Bible Belt states. Apparently women do not need protection from violence ‘down there.’ Just like the Bible says, women belong to another group: altogether different from and less worthy than males.
It would be a tedious task to enumerate all of the lines from the Bible putting women in their place- a place that is often below animals. There are passages that say that god/God orders the killing, rape, dismemberment, burning and stoning of women. Of course the words were written by women-hating Jewish scribes. This disdain is carried over to the New Testament writings as well. So much for ‘Love one another.’
Especially troubling is that concocted version of the Garden Story whee Eve gets blamed for the misery of the world, bang-off at the beginning of the Jewish bible. To those literalist fundamentalist, the ballgame is over for women at Genesis 3:16. Eve, representing women, is knocked down to 2nd place, beneath Adam. Those bible-thumpers ‘down there’ understand what ‘god’ demands; women are not worthy.
Can one draw a line from that 3000-year-old text to the present-day voting pattern in the Land of the Bible? If not, then why did 75 male legislators living in the Bible Belt vote against protecting women from violence? And it was not a ‘Republican’ thing. In California, 8 Republicans voted aye; in Colorado 3 of 4 Republicans voted aye; in Illinois, 4 of 6 voted aye; in Indiana there were 6 of 7 aye votes from Republicans. 5 aye votes in Michigan and 6 in Ohio from Republicans.
It’s a Bible Belt phenomenon.
I wonder what women feel like down there? I mean, REALLY feel. We’ll never know because, I suppose, Bible Belt women know their place and/or are afraid to speak their true feelings.
Perhaps our friend UptheFlag could comment on this as he sits in the heart of the Bible Belt.