In a recent DM we heard from David Korten* that “our forebears made a choice for the dominator relations of Empire” which included patriarchal sexism among other shadow elements.
On the streets of Iran today women (and many men) are protesting the “morality police” who arrested and then apparently murdered 22 year old Mahsa Amini for the crime of not wearing her hajib appropriately.
We see many women burning their hijabs and/or cutting their hair in public rituals defying the government and its theocratic leadership. More than 35 people have been killed, hundreds more injured or arrested and access to the internet and cellular service severely curtailed.
The government is threatening to bring the military into the streets to ward off still more protests. One popular chant among those protesting is: “Women, Life, Freedom!”
Meanwhile, back in America, there are parallel goings-on with many states passing laws that politicians have the right to tell women what to do with their bodies—how 10 year old children, if raped, must bring the rapists’ fetus to term; how neither incest nor rape are a reason for aborting a fetus; and that some god-given pronouncement (not found anywhere in the Bible by the way) allows politicians to tell pregnant women what they can and cannot do with their bodies.
These pronouncements echo loudly the “dominator relations of Empire” and the “self-destruction” and sexism that comes with it per the analysis of Korten.
It also rings of a strong theocratic bias that is rushing into American culture especially by way of the now supremely compromised Supreme Court. Chief John Roberts recently expressed surprise that fewer and fewer Americans give his court any credence.
Yet his court denuded the voter rights act; opened the door to billions of secret and dark dollars to fuel elections; has three members chosen by right wing ideologues appointed by the mastermind of the January 6th insurrection; features a sitting judge whose wife urged the overthrow of a legitimate election; and overthrew a 49 year old law that protected women’s rights to choose what to do with their bodies, invoking two witch-burning judges of the 17th century in doing so.
All of these six judges were chosen by a theocratic Opus Dei operative within the Federalist Society.
Regarding these parallel scenes in Iran and America, theocracies included, let us not forget the upcoming November election. A recent poll found 90% of Americans feel rape and incest victims should be able to get abortions.** It seems that theocracy has trumped democracy in America.
*author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community.
See Matthew Fox, “Opus Dei,” in Fox, The Pope’s War: Why Ratzinger’s Secret Crusade Has Imperiled the Church and How It Can Be Saved, pp. 106-124.
Also see Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul & Society.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: “Iran protests, 2022.” Photo by Taymaz Valley on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
Do you see parallels between the compulsion to control women in Iranian society and the compulsion to control women in the Roberts-Thomas-Leonardo Supreme court? Where do you think this compulsion comes from? What can we do about it?
The Pope’s War: Why Ratzinger’s Secret Crusade Has Imperiled the Church and How It Can Be Saved
The Pope’s War offers a provocative look at three decades of corruption in the Catholic Church, focusing on Josef Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI. The final section in the book focuses on birthing a truly catholic christianity.
“This book should be read by everybody, not only for its ferocious courage, but also for its vision for what needs to be saved from the destructive forces that threaten authentic Christianity.” ~ Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope.
“In the gripping The Pope’s War, Matthew Fox takes an unwavering look at the layers of corruption in the Catholic Church, holding moral truth against power.” — Jason Berry, author of Vows of Silence: The Abuse of Power in the Papacy of John Paul II