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GODDESSES 'R Us-OLD PRODUCT; NEW PACKAGE
PART 2 of 4

 

 

 

By Debra Rae

June 10, 2007

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Goddess Worship: Liberal Lollipop—The Imperial “I” [Image]

Solipsism is the philosophical viewpoint that only the “Imperial Self” exists. It is fair to suggest that the female “Imperial Self” is chief among great deceptions of our day and age.

Self-esteem has become the unremitting mantra of secularists and mystics alike. While secular humanists seek “a heightened sense of personal life,” New Age mystics journey inwardly in search of an alleged “spark of the divine.” The former lean toward Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger in her passion to “breed a race of thoroughbreds”; the latter aspire to self-deification. Both camps covet adulation. In female circles, both play the self-god card.

At the very heart of today’s “Me Generation” is preoccupation with self-fulfillment, as well as sexual gratification. Freud believed the roots of human behavior were in the libido. His "science" of psychoanalysis revolutionized an entire culture's self-image in shoving aside sexual purity, summarily dismissed as Victorian prudishness. In its place emerged an allegedly new, improved sexually-liberated icon of female rebellion.

For good reason, prophetic Scripture describes our “Me” generation as being high-minded “lovers of their own selves” (2 Ti. 3: 2, 4). In society at large, the imperial, autocratic self has given rise to no-fault divorce, serial marriages, latchkey kids, and cockeyed family dynamics. Springing from liberal core values are abortion on demand (if only for convenience), lesbian activism, and reverse discrimination (affirmative action).

In analyzing cultural studies spanning the continents, sociologist Pitirim Sorokin found that, for thousands of years, sexual revolutions devaluing marriage and family precede virtually all political revolutions and eventually lead to social collapse.

Given an inordinate emphasis on “Self,” the Human Potential Movement at its core declares independence from God to whom humans rightfully are accountable; in its wake, society is reaping putrid crops from the salacious seeds of narcissism.

The Imperial “I” may well be offered as a liberal lollipop to would-be goddesses, but licking it is more like “drinking the Kool-aid” at Jonestown.

Goddess Worship: Its Gaia Connection [Image]

In Greek mythology, Gaia or Ge is goddess of the Earth whose worship is at the root of ancient mystery religions, witchcraft, New Age mysticism and radical environmentalism (not to be confused with responsible stewardship). In the 1970s, ex-wife of the late Carl Sagan, Lynn Margulis, elaborated Gaia ideology alongside British atmospheric chemist James Lovelock. Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis warned that, unless humans halt their technical assault on Earth, she cannot heal herself and, for that reason, faces certain destruction. In the politically correct mindset, Gaia commands human apology for damages inflicted.

Furthermore, as an interconnected living ecosystem, Mother Earth deserves protection from irksome human ingrates—predominately monotheistic male industrial capitalists degraded as some sort of icky virus, called “humanpox.” Its only cure is found in sixteen commands memorialized within the crowning document of radical environmentalism—that of the Earth Charter. A type of planetary commandment, the Charter binds global citizens to Earth servitude.

In Goddesses in Everywoman, Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., characterizes divinity as the feminine life force deeply connected to Nature and fertility; but then, according to a Wall Street Journal article, these women “pray for the time when science will make men unnecessary for procreation.”

Perhaps with this in mind, Jungian psychotherapist John Weir Perry insists that men tap into their innate femaleness (their “Higher Self”?). At her corporate presentations, the Director of the C.G. Jung Psychoanalytic Institute in Denver, Colorado (Clarissa Penkola Estes) induces androgyny-enlightened participants to visualize sexual encounters with the Earth goddess, Gaia—source and giver of all life.

Little wonder that a substantial lesbian consensus steers global leadership of the Earth goddess movement.

Goddess Worship—NOW [Image]

Signer of the Humanist Manifesto II (1973), feminist Betty Friedan authored The Feminine Mystique and founded the National Organization for Women (NOW) in New York (1966). Along with Friedan, the late Reverend Dr. Anna Pauline (Pauli) Murray co-founded NOW.

An American civil rights advocate and feminist, Murray was the first African-American woman Episcopal priest and served as a professor of American studies at Brandeis University (1968 to 1973). In 1990, the Pauli Murray Human Relations Award was established in her honor to commemorate her life work.

Underpinning the organization that Friedan and Murray spawned is feminist spirituality, devoted to re-interpreting and, thus, skewing Western monotheistic traditions compatible with what some call Judeo-Christian ethic. That God is of the male gender is soundly rejected, and His patriarchal authoritarianism is held in contempt. In its place, a deeply-ingrained culture of neo-paternalist hate characterizes the Klan-like cult of radical feminism.

Albeit out of character, feminist spirituality emphasizes God’s maternal attributes. “She” is nurturing, accepting, and creative, to name three; but, then, even TIME magazine once conceded that, for its ingenuous duplicity, “the feminist label is viewed with disdain, and the name of Gloria Steinem is uttered as an epithet.”

Macho feminism in question was well illustrated on the silver screen in the characters of Thelma and Louise—hardly models of the predominantly “softer side” of God. Many NOW would-be goddesses sport a chip on the shoulder as they are out and about in search of a fight! As Phyllis Schlafley points out, “feminism has no happy role models” (Feminist Fantasies, 2003).

Although traditional family-values groups, as Concerned Women of American, dwarf NOW in total membership, the former do not merit a tenth of the publicity showered upon NOW. This is largely due to the outrageous antics of its members. For example, NOW activists bared their breasts in protest of the 1997 Promise Keepers gathering in Washington, DC.

Childish antics, as this, hardly command veneration let alone worship; but there’s no stopping the “feministas”—other than with a face-to-face encounter with God Himself!

Goddess Worship: Its UN Connection [Image]

The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) sounds noble enough. Certainly former President Jimmy Carter thought so when he signed CEDAW in 1980; but, then, this is the same UN that recognizes NAMBLA. Pedophiles in the North American Man-Boy Love Association work hard to erase all taboos restricting children from sexual activities.

Still, it comes as no surprise that the UN is radical feminism’s venue of choice. In the words of the late feminist activist Ellen Willis: “The objective of every feminist reform, from legal abortion to child-care programs, is to undermine traditional family values” (The Nation, 1981).

Toward this end, CEDAW defines discrimination against women as any restriction that “impairs” or “nullifies” their “recognition” or “enjoyment.” Apparently said “enjoyment” includes practicing prostitution, motherhood shared with one’s lesbian lover, and protected “intergenerational intimacy.” Such non-proliferating practices serve well the UN guiding principle of sustainable development. Mothers' Day does not; therefore, the latter is frowned upon. The UN chooses instead to sponsor Environmental Sabbaths for Gaia-Mother Earth.

Although CEDAW has yet to be ratified, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is once again poised to do so. While unnecessarily duplicating existing laws that already protect women from discrimination, this treaty proposes social engineering under the guise of “human rights”—i.e., to abortion, independence from parental authority, voluntary prostitution, gender neutrality, gay marriage and adoption.

Clouded in vague and confusing language, CEDAW is likened to an international version of the ERA. Alarmingly, the treaty empowers global bureaucrats and activist judges to overhaul U.S. laws, education, and customs in favor of non-breeding pedophilia, voluntary prostitution and, yes, Gaia paganism. Western traditions simply won’t do.

Goddess Worship: Its Conservative Nemesis [Image]

Founder-president of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, Michelle Easton recounts the experience of a student at Rutgers University who proposed writing her thesis on conservative women leaders. In response, her professor retorted, “There are no conservative women leaders.” No conservative women leaders? Balderdash!

How about Clare Boothe Luce? A Congresswoman from Connecticut and the American Ambassador to Italy, Luce was an outspoken advocate of free enterprise, and she led the entire free world’s opposition to communism. An award-winning play-write and prolific journalist, Luce later became editor of Vanity Fair.

And then there’s Dr. Jeane Kirkpatrick, first woman appointed to serve as a Permanent Representative of the U.S. to the United Nations. A senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a Leavey Professor of Government at Georgetown University, Kirkpatrick surely qualifies as a conservative woman leader.

And we mustn’t overlook President and founder of Eagle Forum, Phyllis Schlafly. Author-editor of sixteen books, Schlafly is a syndicated columnist and talk radio hostess. It was no small accomplishment when, from 1972 to 1982, this courageous lawyer led a successful campaign against the Equal Rights Amendment.

One more: a tell-it-like-it-is conservative, Dr. Laura is best known perhaps as “My Kid’s Mom” on her internationally syndicated, award-winning talk show heard daily by some twenty million. Author of numerous books, she earned a Ph.D. in physiology from Columbia University; yet Dr. Laura is openly scorned by feminist “sisters” she once embraced.

That conservative women commanding national and even international acclaim for their extraordinary accomplishments fail to qualify as “leaders” is ridiculous. To the contrary, I contend that these very women represent a formidable, even unbeatable opponent—a nemesis, if you will—to liberal feminist counterparts.

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In ancient Greek culture, Nemesis was goddess of just punishment or divine wrath. No conservative woman leader claims to be a goddess, certainly not the goddess of divine wrath!

So, then, this begs the fitting question posed by Dr. Laura: “What’s a girl gotta do to be a feminist role model?” That is, if she’s not willing to play god. For part 2 click below.

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Daughter of an Army Colonel, Debra graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa. She then completed a Master of Education degree from the University of Washington. These were followed by Bachelor of Theology and Master of Ministries degrees-both from Pacific School of Theology.

While a teacher in Kuwait, Debra undertook a three-month journey from the Persian Gulf to London by means of VW "bug"! One summer, she tutored the daughter of Kuwait's Head of Parliament while serving as superintendent of Kuwait's first Vacation Bible School.

Having authored the ABCs of Globalism and ABCs of Cultural -Isms, Debra speaks to Christian and secular groups alike. Her radio spots air globally. Presently, Debra co-hosts WOMANTalk radio with Sharon Hughes and Friends, and she contributes monthly commentaries to Changing Worldviews and NewsWithViews.com. Debra calls the Pacific Northwest home.

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In analyzing cultural studies spanning the continents, sociologist Pitirim Sorokin found that, for thousands of years, sexual revolutions devaluing marriage and family precede virtually all political revolutions and eventually lead to social collapse.