Sunday, April 03, 2005

BLOGOSPHERE: Women Priests – Much Ado About Nothing?

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The impotence of the objectors can be evidenced by the fact that they reacted by making silly threats, hacking
one of the sponsors of this event, stupid comments about her hair. I would say that this is good. The centres of learning are conservative, no question asked. Nevertheless, to expect reform to come out of these centres is wrong. Take Hinduism for example. The disgusting practises of child marriage, sati, caste and other aspects were not removed by the centres of religion. They were removed by giants such as Raja Ram Mohon Roy, Dayanand Saraswati, Ramakrishna, and Swami Vivekananda. 2-3 centuries on, not all the evils have disappeared completely, but a fair amount has. These visionaries had a direct relationship with their god, they relied on the Hindu scriptures, and they fought against the musty and dusty corridors of traditionalist thinking. So, Professor Amina Wadud, kudos to you and we know this will be a boon to all Muslim women and Islam itself......More