The above title is from chapter eleven of Robert Bork's most recent
book, Slouching Toward Gomorrah (which we plan to review next week).
Although he does not refer specifically to Riane Eisler's book, he does
offer a few choice comments about the "goddess" ideology.
Before the patriarchy took over about 3,000 years ago, Hite [feminist Shere Hite, gws] contends in a burst of bogus history, mother-child societies existed. (Feminists find it useful to fictionalize the past; for example, that prehistoric Europe was a peaceful, egalitarian, matriarchal society that worshipped the goddess, but patriarchy was forced upon these societies by conquering horsemen from the east.) She seems pleased that there are a large number of fatherless families today because, contradicting all the social science evidence, she thinks males raised without fathers will treat women better (205).
One wonders how anyone could have such a distorted view of life, but most feminists loathe men in particular and Christianity in general.
The hostility towards the traditional family goes hand in hand with the feminists' hostility toward traditional religion. They see religion as a male invention designed to control women (206).
Many will recall hearing about the United Nations' Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China back in September of 1995 (196). Although much could be cited from this conference that would be of interest (although repugnant), the following relates to the preceding series of articles. It was reported that:
. . .in Beijing feminists built a shrine to the Goddesses out of red ribbons in the shape of a Christmas tree decorated with paper dolls representing the goddesses. Women were invited to make and add their own goddesses. The organization headed by Bella Abzug (a former member of the United States House of Representatives) held daily programs, each one dedicated to a different goddess--Songi, Athena, Tara, Pasowee, Ishtar, Ixmucane, Aditi, ashe" (206).
In case it went unobserved, Ishtar is not only the name of an incredibly bad movie (which bombed at the box office a few years ago), it is also the goddess of love and fertility in Assyrian and Babylonian Mythology, called by the Phoenicians Astarte and the Hebrews Ashtoreth (who are mentioned in the Bible) (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language 693). Consider the significance of the actions of these feminists. They hate Christianity so much they prefer pagan religions and idolatry to it. Maybe the idea is not so farfetched after all; they already believe in sacrificing their children--before they are born.
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