Women, Gays, and “the desert religions”: Richard Rodriguez Tells Salon.com That He’s Working on a Book about Western Monotheism

Money quote:

Well, I’m working right now in the Middle East on monotheistic religions because I’m very worried about the direction of religion. Ever since Sept. 11, when I heard that prayer being spoken at the moment the planes hit the World Trade Centers, I realized how much darkness there is in religion compared to how much light there is. I am very much concerned with whether or not these religions can be feminized.

The desert religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — are male religions. Their perception is that God is a male god and Allah is a male god. If the male is allowed to hold onto the power of God, then I think we are in terrible shape. I think what’s coming out of Colorado Springs right now, with people like Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, is either the last or continuing gasp of a male hierarchy in religion. That’s what’s at stake. And women have a determining role to play. Are they going to go along with this, or are they going to challenge the order?

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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1 Response to Women, Gays, and “the desert religions”: Richard Rodriguez Tells Salon.com That He’s Working on a Book about Western Monotheism

  1. ice gal says:

    Actual bumper seen today:
    Religion Ruled The Dark Ages
    One of my favorites just seen the other day
    Christianity It’s DNA is Pagan
    Music on the radio today
    If God Was On Our Side…He Would Have Stopped The Next War
    Education is the only way to save the believers. Do you think they would get off on Richard Dawkins Root Of All Evil Under their Christmas Tree?

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