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Ch. 7 - Dawn of the Culture Wars

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In this chapter Jacoby discusses the merging of the women suffragists with The Women's Christian Temperance Union. Jacoby explains how it made sense, politically, to Anthony to merge. Anthony was willing to put aside some of the concerns of the suffragists, like the role of religion in subjugating women, to make room for some of the Christian Union's objectives, like Sunday closing laws. However, Stanton was unwilling to be quiet about religion. Anthony tried to dissuade Stanton from publishing her Woman's Bible. Stanton not only published it, but also continued to speak passionately against religion. What do you think about Stanton's decision to continue to speak against religion in the suffragist movement? Do you think Anthony was right about leaving religion out of it?
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Tara,great question! Perhaps the way to think about it is to ask: would we have gotten there anyway if she has not left it out? I think we would have, but it may have taken longer. So, this says Anthony was wrong to leave it out.The other way to think about it was that the groups were more powerful joined together and could accomplish more this way. So, this says Anthony was wrong.My opinion is that I want to read Stanton's bible for women (along with Twain's bible)! In politics, you make a lot of pacts with the devil, but that's the way it works.
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P197. Really loved Stanton's speach here. She really knew how to call a spade a spade. Very bold for a woman to do so in her lifetime.
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p204Quote:That reality only reinforced the determination of younger leaders like Catt--many of whom were secret agnostics themselves-- to cover up the anticlerical origins of the suffragist movement.Why in the world would an agnostic want to cover up the anticlerical origin of the movement? I could see theists wanting to do so, not agnostics.
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I think it's pretty cool that the person most quoted in the book (so far) is Whitman. He could really write some racy stuff. Mind blowing to think of someone writing gay porn in the 1800's. No wonder he made so many heads spin!
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Quote:Why in the world would an agnostic want to cover up the anticlerical origin of the movement?I think our old friend...Fear. There may have been of fear of that fact, weilded by the ingorant and fanatical faithful, tainting the efforts.Mr. P. The one thing of which I am positive is that there is much of which to be negative - Mr. P.The pain in hell has two sides. The kind you can touch with your hand; the kind you can feel in your heart...Scorsese's "Mean Streets"I came to kick ass and chew Bubble Gum...and I am all out of Bubble Gum - They Live, Roddy Piper
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Fear probably played a part. But in this case I think it had more to do with numbers. The agnostics (some or most of 'em) probably felt that the coalition might not stay intact if the suffragists movement was known as an Atheist or "Godless" organization. And that's probably true. The suffragist movement was the priority, agnostic credibilty took a back seat.But I agree with what Stanton said on p. 203: "...this much lauded policy is but another word for cowardice (refering to those saying that arousing religious opposition was politically unwise) ... Reformers who are always compromising, have not yet grasped the idea that truth is the only safe ground to stand on."
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GOD:This is what I mean by fear. When we have to (or did have to in this case) worry that a cause as moral and good as the suffragist movement has to worry about loosing ground because some members do not believe in myths and stories....well, what better example of fear is there?I see why they did it....but I just cannot understand WHY!Mr. P. The one thing of which I am positive is that there is much of which to be negative - Mr. P.The pain in hell has two sides. The kind you can touch with your hand; the kind you can feel in your heart...Scorsese's "Mean Streets"I came to kick ass and chew Bubble Gum...and I am all out of Bubble Gum - They Live, Roddy Piper
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Quote:As Freethought publications proliferated in the 1880's and 1890's, prosecutions of their editors became more frequent-lending additional support to Ingersoll's contention that the antiobscenity statutes were being used to target atheists, agnostics and freethinkers.Is anyone else outraged by this Comstock character? Or is he someone we would soon forget? He is a dangerous character that can still be a factor even today...what with Ashcroft and the like still a viable force. Comstock and McCarthy are not far apart at all, IMO. Ignorance mixed with power is dangerous...and then there was Bush.Mr. P. The one thing of which I am positive is that there is much of which to be negative - Mr. P.The pain in hell has two sides. The kind you can touch with your hand; the kind you can feel in your heart...Scorsese's "Mean Streets"I came to kick ass and chew Bubble Gum...and I am all out of Bubble Gum - They Live, Roddy Piper
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