The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!!!
“Man enjoys the great advantage of having a god endorse the code he writes; and since man exercises a sovereign authority over women it is especially fortunate that this authority has been vested in him by the Supreme Being. For the Jews, Mohammedans and Christians among others, man is master by divine right; the fear of God will therefore repress any impulse towards revolt in the downtrodden female” - Simone de Beauvoir, author of “The Second Sex” 1949.
At a human rights conference some years ago, a doctor from Sudan, describing the horror of her own clitoridectomy asked: - “Why is it that only when women want to bring about change for their own benefit does culture become sacred and unchangeable?”
“Human beings are worthy of the highest respect but not all opinions and beliefs are worthy of respect and tolerance. There are some who believe in fascism, white supremacy, the inferiority of women. Must those beliefs be respected? There is a big difference between the two.” - Maryam Namazie – Iranian activist for women’s human rights.
“We should never respect brutality dressed up as cultural belief.” - Pamela Bone, associate editor for “The Age”.
“Tolerance for intolerance is not tolerance at all.” - Bruce Bawer, July 2002
“What is this ban on abortion? It is a survival of the veiled face, of the barred window and the locked door, burning, branding, mutilation, stoning, of all the grip of ownership and superstition come down on woman, thousands of years ago.” - Stella Browne, socialist, feminist who campaigned for the right to abortion and contraception during the first half of the 20th century.
“At a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” - George Orwell
“Islam, Christianity and Judaism all define themselves through disgust of women’s bodies.” - Polly Toynbee, columnist for Britain’s Guardian newspaper, 2001.
“The Pope Is Fallible, The Planet Is Fillable, Promote Birth Control” (bumper sticker)
“I said that Sharia law should be revised. I want a modern, civilized law, where women are given equal rights. I want no religious law that discriminates, none, period--no Hindu law, no Christian law, no Islamic law. Why should a man be entitled to have four wives? Why should a son get two-thirds of his parents' property when a daughter can inherit only a third? Should I be killed for saying this? . . .” - Taslima Nasrin (The New Yorker, September 12, 1994)
"God" is always the equivalent of "I do not know." ("The Gospel of Atheism") - Annie Besant
“No woman can call herself free, who does not own and control her own body.” - Margaret Sanger
“There was a time when everyone thought that Earth was flat. Did this unanimous consensus make any difference to the shape of Earth?” - Ali Sina, Iranian critic of Islam.
“According to cultural relativism, human rights are a Western concept and not applicable to people living in non-Western parts of the world. Cultural relativism is a racist idea because its essence is difference. The idea of difference always serves racism. According to cultural relativism we must respect people’s culture and religion, however despicable. This is absurd and amounts to a call in many cases for the respect of brutality. Human beings are worthy of respect, but not all beliefs must be respected. If a culture allows women to be mutilated and killed to save the family’s “honor”, it cannot be excused.” - Azam Kamguian, Iranian human rights activist.
“What has been affirmed without proof can also be denied without proof.” - Euclid
“…an intelligent, energetic, educated woman cannot be kept in four walls - even satin-lined, diamond-studded walls - without discovering sooner or later that they are still a prison cell. No home offers scope enough today for the trained energies of an intelligent modern woman.” - Pearl S. Buck 1938
“Knowledge is Power.” - Francis Bacon
“For many people, morality means a set of rules governing the disposition on one’s genital organs; or a set of injunctions against lying, stealing, or killing except when such acts are sanctioned by church or state.” - Marilyn French from “Beyond Power” pg 16
"Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education." - Alfred Whitney Griswold, Essays on Education
"The burning of an author's books, imprisonment for an opinion's sake, has always been the tribute that an ignorant age pays to the genius of its time." - Joseph Lewis, Voltaire: The Incomparable Infidel, 1929
"You have not converted a man because you have silenced him." - John Morley
"What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist." - Salman Rushdie
"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." - Harry S. Truman, message to Congress, August 8, 1950
The Bad and the Ugly:
"The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians." Pat Robertson, fundraising letter, 1992
"I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good...Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called by God, to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism." Randal Terry, Founder of Operation Rescue a militant anti abortion, anti woman organization.
"A mother should have a child even if it is deformed, even if it was unplanned, even, if it is the product of rape and even if by having it leads to her death." Jaime Guzman, 1974, cited in Lagos, source: "Embodying memory: women and the legacy of the military goverment in Chile" Maria Elena Acuna Moenne, Feminist Review 79 2005 161
" I know this is painful for the ladies to hear, but if you get married, you have accepted the headship of a man, you husband. Christ is the head of the household and the husband is the head of the wife, and that's the way it is, period." Federal News Service, September 11, 1992, quoting a Pat Robertson newsletter.
"I am an old-fashioned woman, men should take care of women, and if men were taking care of women we wouldn't have to vote." Senator Kay O'Connor.
"Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord." Adlf Hitler, Mein Kamf
"I don't know that atheists should be considered citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God." George Bush
"In winning a nation to the gospel, the sword as well as the pen much be used." R.J. Rushdooney
"Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools have no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith...we need believing people." Adolf Hitler
“A man who restrains himself from committing an honor killing, leaving this unpleasant burden to the government, negates the values of virility advocated by Islam.” - “Islamic Action Front” party of Jordan
"A victim of rape every minute somewhere in the world. Why? No one to blame but herself. She displayed her beauty to the entire world. She degraded herself by being the object of sexual desire and thus becoming vulnerable to man who looks at her for gratification of his sexual urge." Sheik Faiz Mohamad, speech at Bankstown Town Hall, Sydney, Australia, 18th March 2005. Source: "Veiled threat an insult to all" by Miranda Devine, The Sun Herald, 24th April 2005.
“Woman was made to bear and feed children. Therefore she is very emotional. And she is forgetful, because if she did not forget how it is to give birth she would not have another child. That is why she will not be as reliable a witness as a man.” - A quote by a Muslim woman, “The Age” “Life behind a veil of Islam” 3/3/1992 pg 11.
“A married woman should endure any violence or torture imposed on her by her husband for she is fully at his disposal. Without his permission she may not leave her house even for a good action (such as charitable work). Otherwise her prayers and devotions will not be accepted by God and curses of heaven and earth will fall upon her.” - Iranian religious leader Hojatoleslam Imani.
“We don’t make a distinction between civilians and non-civilians, innocents and non-innocents. Only between Muslims and unbelievers. And the life of an unbeliever has no value. It has no sanctity.” - Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad in an interview with Lisbon’s Publica magazine.
“A man can have sexual pleasure from a child as young as a baby. However he should not penetrate, sodomising the child is OK. If the man penetrates and damages the child then he should be responsible for her subsistence all her life. This girl, however does not count as one of his four permanents wives. The man will not be eligible to marry the girl's sister....It is better for a girl to marry at such a time when she would begin menstruation at her husband's house, rather than her father's home. Any father marrying his daughter so young will have a permanent place in heaven.” - From Ayatollah Khomeini's book “Tahrirolvasyleh” Vol 4, Gom, Iran, 1990.
"I summon my blue-eyed slaves anytime it pleases me. I command the Americans to send me their bravest soldiers to die for me. Anytime I clap my hands a stupid genie called the American ambassador appears to do my bidding. When the Americans die in my service their bodies are frozen in metal boxes by the US Embassy and American airplanes carry them away, as if they never existed. Truly, America is my favorite slave." - King Fahd Bin Abdul-Aziz, Jeddeh 1993