While recuperating from this illness I have read parts of a book by Alvin Schmidtt. I know that some of you have read his more popular book The Great Divide. I strongly recomend that book to those of you who are religiously inclined. Schmidtt recounts the differences in the lives of Jesus and Mohammad and points to the direct impact of Christianity on what we enjoy today as Western Civilization. Contrary to the idiotic fulmination of the Communist Waterfowl they did not live equal lives or reach the same message.
I was unable to read Veiled and Silenced from Chapter 1 but I did read chapters five and six.Some books are best picked up from the middle anyway.
Chapter five is the comedic classic about the near universal taboos that occur with menstruating women. I was well aware of the writings in the old testament and in religious Jewish culture, but there is a larger picture. Schmidtt is a serious scholar who does point out the inequities of Christianity in this regard. This is what seperates a serious scholar like Schmidtt from Commie dopes like Fanon. Schmidtt
also depicts the numerous myths and practices of third world people on the same topic. A Commie like the Duck glosses over the evil practices in Islam and the third world while highlighting those in the West for political expediency.
Now some of the taboos are over reactions to PMS. I always knew when it was safe to come home by what my live in girlfriend was watching on TV. When it was on Lifetime movies it was easier to head for the hills.
Chapter six deals with the basics that in most socities women were property. This may not be politically correct or a case of placing current values on past societies.
However, Bill Clinton can blame Jesus for leveling the playing field on adultery. Prior to Jesus adultery depended on the marital status of the woman alone. I do point out Bill Clinton because when he got himself in trouble he made a big production of carrying an oversize Bible. Jesus was the first to point out that a man can be guilty of adultery for having sex out of wedlock.
Schmiddts analysis of ancient Hebrews is somewhat incomplette as it was not a typical patriarcal society. Jewish Identity is confered only to those born of a Jewish mother. Nor does he mention the stigma that illegitamate children called Mamzerim carried.
Schmidtt does point out the Jewish version of law was more humane than that of the adjacent people. Amongst the Assyrians women suspected of adultery were tossed in a river and those that drowned were presumed guilty. The Judaic version of a bitter water test precluded capital punishment unless two witnesses could be found for the test.
Schmidtt does point out that the marriage of twelve years old in ancient times was to ensure virginity. Schmidtt does also ommit that lifespans were much shorter and that also played a factor. One can readilly see this in a Muslim marriage licence a Nikah Nameh where the status of the bride is placed on the top.
This is interesting reading but those of us who would benefit the most from reading this material are hooked on Menchu.
Beamish in 08, Ducky to North Korea and John Brown to take the Beamish equivalent of the water test. Brown is to be dumped into the center of a stretch of the Amazon known to have Piranna