I’m adding a link to a new blog I encountered today:
Erica’s Thoughts. Erica is a Jewish woman who takes her religion seriously and deals with issues that will resonate with many LDS people such as how to be a good corporate citizen in her work and still be true to the Sabbath (her post on this topic involved a corporate retreat that included a Saturday in Orlando). She also has an insightful discussion on anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism – is there a difference? I think Latter-day Saints can learn a lot from our religious Jewish brothers and sisters.
One item I found on her blog is a link to a story on how
the German welfare system may force women into prostitution. Now that the liberal German government has legalized prostitution, brothels are using government jobs services to hire employees. A provision in their welfare system specifies that welfare recipients under age 55 cannot receive unemployment benefits if they refuse to take a job. So already there has been a case of a woman losing benefits for refusing to work in a brothel. (Feb. 7 update: the first comment to this post indicates that this may be a false allegation due to some bad journalism from the London Telegraph. Stay tuned….)
Ah, the sweet fruits of socialism (here I go on one of my rants – please close this window now if you are offended by conservative views). I know my far-left friends will bristle at the suggestion of some kind of link between their political ideology and the degradation of women, but the basic Marxist call in the Communist Manifesto for the abolition of the family and the complete “equality” of women is ultimately a call to destroy the sacred roles of men and women as fathers and mothers and eradicate the respect that men must have for women. As in Plato’s big-government republic, where the family is destroyed and women are essentially consigned to a state brothel operated according to principles of totalitarian eugenics (see Chapter 5 of The Republic, if you can bear such revolting “wisdom”), the Marxist mindset ultimately regards men and women as animals who procreate for the State and who have no other inherent value than to serve the State. (I suppose they are then “equal” in the sense of both being degraded from humans to mere cattle.) And the practical result of this Marxist “equality” is that women are nothing more than sex objects. It is no surprise to find that some of the most prominent American symbols of women’s “liberation” live degraded lives of lonely immorality. “Women of the world, lock yourself inside a cage and rejoice: now you are liberated!” And if America is still too unliberated for you, please move to a more enlightened nation like Germany or the Netherlands where you can enjoy socialist compassion and find all sorts of interesting jobs. (Actually, try North Korea or Cuba or China or the Sudan if you want to experience the full benefits of socialism. They have plenty of openings. For some reason, there are more people risking their lives to get out than to get in.)
Uh hum. Excuse me. Where was I? Oh, yes, Erica’s blog. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the world!