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I probably shouldn't put this off anymore, so I'm just going to jump on it and improvise. I'm pretty sure the show is over. It was a ton of fun doing it, but with work and my son and my wife in school I simply don't have time to do it anymore.

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 26, 2017 at 11:39pm

Joan, thanks so much for your interesting and thoughtful reply.  I asked my question because I was curious how you viewed the different religions and practices you encountered as you traveled around.  It sounds like the personal stories of the women you met who suffered horribly as a result of religion made a big impact on your road to reason.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2017 at 8:10pm

Carl, Part two of my response: 

The mother sewed up the labia so that the girl not only lost her clitoris; she was closed too tightly so that menstrual flow could not escape her body and was absorbed. She developed an infection that nearly took her life. She survived, married, and her husband forced his penis through her scarred labia, tearing it open. She developed further infections. She was barren, could have no children, so her husband threw her out as did her parents. These were the customs of her tribe. 

Somehow, she ran into the group, Women Helping Women, they gave her health care, food, housing and an education. She became a teacher and this day we sat in the shade of the beautiful temple at Cape Sounion.

From these two discussions, I came to my "ABCTVs" "Attitudes, Beliefs, Customs, Traditions, and Values. 

From where do VALUES  come and how can one identify them? Individuals, born into a society with ATTITUDES  about women that place them in second class citizenship or personhood, with BELIEFS  that they have the rights and responsibilities to take actions that may be detrimental to a person's mental or emotional being. Join these factors with CUSTOMS  that come from ancient sources, sometimes from primitive tribes, and TRADITIONS deeply embedded in the hearts and minds of people, there is no escape. From the time a child is born, parents, family, and society indoctrinated him or her into their tribe. 

Observe the behavior, listen to the words people chose and one can deduce their value system. 

Attitudes + Beliefs + Customs + Traditions, = Values.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2017 at 7:50pm

"Were you still a religious person when you visited Turkey and the other countries you've been to or were you already a non-believer?"

Carl, I just wrote a long response to your question and by some dumb move on my part, it disappeared. So I am giving you my short answer: Yes and No,

I began my Heros Journey as a believer and returned home as a nonbeliever, confident that I am on a healthy path to complete my life's journey. I am comfortable in saying, loudly and clearly, "I am an atheist!" There is not a spark of doubt and I am able and willing to take on any debate. 

Seeing the old woman in China sitting on a hospital bed who was suffering from back problems caused by her mother binding her feet when she was four-years old so that the little girl would grow into a woman with feet small enough to fit into the mouth of a man so that he had sexual pleasure. Her mother didn't think it was immoral to deliberately cripple her daughters' feet. Things didn't change for wealthy women in China for a thousand years until women stood up to their husbands, parents, society, and culture refusing to intentionally bring women to their emotional knees. 

Talking to an African woman while sitting on the steps of The Greek Temple of Poseidon where the poet Lord Byron, in 18ll, chiseled his name on a column and wrote a poem about the view from the temple of Cape Sounion.

Place me on Sunium's marbled steep,
Where nothing, save the waves and I,
May hear our mutual murmurs sweep.

She was a teacher in Africa on vacation and we shared our stories. I told her I was looking for stories of women from different cultures in order to understand family violence. 

Her story was as wrenching as was the Chinese woman. She was born into a society with tribal rituals, one was to remove the clitoris of a girl before she started menstrual periods. The mother did the cutting with other women of the tribe holding her down. They used broken glass, sharp stones, knives that were not sterile, or any sharp object they had available. These were African traditions. The family had accepted Christ as their Savior and were born-again Christians. Even though they had responded to an evangelical before this teacher was born, the old tribal customs survived.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 26, 2017 at 4:08pm

Joan, I'm curious.  Were you still a religious person when you visited Turkey and the other countries you've been to or were you already a non-believer?  

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2017 at 2:52pm

Spud, yes, the twirling dervishes went into a trance, and they then heard the words of god and who gave them wisdom. 

Notice that the heads are tilted with one ear toward heaven to hear more clearly whatever unseen power told them. 

One hand was palm up, the other, palm down. The hand positions symbolized joining heaven and earth through their actions. 

I didn't talk to the dervishes and they continued twirling for hours; I went on my way to see a mosque, where I was allowed. 

It is said in the Ruba'iyat:
Oh daylight, rise! atoms are dancing
The souls, lost in ecstasy, are dancing
To your ear, I will tell you where the dance will take you.
All the atoms in the air and in the desert,
Let is be known, are like madmen.
Each atom, happy or miserable,
Is in love with the Sun of which we can say nothing.

(Vitray-Meyerovitch 43)

"Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273), a Sufi poet and mystic, established the dervish order of the Mevlevis and started the whirling dance of the sema. Rumi's life was changed the day he met a wandering dervish named Shams of Tabriz. Shams had a revelation to go to the Asia Minor where Rumi was studying in college. There are several different tales of their encounter but in all of them the meeting of Shams deeply influences the thoughts of Rumi."

http://home.wlu.edu/~lubint/touchstone/2000/Dervish-Fischer.htm

I enjoyed reading Rumi's poetry, even though I do not enjoy reading most poetry that uses too many obscure words to be able to read quickly. 

An example of a Rumi poem:

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 26, 2017 at 11:09am

Atheists demand pro-life senator stop tweeting Bible verses

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  • In an open letter published Tuesday, Andrew Seidel, the group’s director of strategic response, alleges that Rubio’s behavior is unconstitutional.
  • “It is not for the government in our secular republic to promote one religious book over others or to promote religion over nonreligion,” Seidel argued. “Doing so violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.”
  • Suggesting that comments on social media are the equivalent of establishing a theocracy, Seidel then said Rubio’s tweets were essentially state-sponsored endorsements of Christianity.
  • Seidel proposed that Rubio “stop tweeting Bible verses or any other religious endorsements and delete those previously tweeted.”
  • He also said if Rubio “cannot refrain from using social media to promote your personal religion, then all traces of the public office should be removed from the @MarcoRubio account.”
  • Read the rest of the letter here
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2017 at 6:28am

Joan, did those dervishes act dizzy after their performance?  

Us kids used to whirl to make ourselves dizzy because it was fun to see how we couldn't walk straight for a while after, sometimes even falling down.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2017 at 7:18pm

I have extraordinary memories of Turkey, its ancient buildings that survived wars and the people and culture who designed and built them. Underlying those unique buildings and mosques exists a culture that has a long history of oppression of women, war, and conquest. The vast Ottoman Empire was powerful, and they were Muslims. The Muslim Turks conquered the old Byzantine empires and threatened the Balkans. Just imagine, they were victorious over parts of Hungary, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, southern and Caucasian Russia, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan. I don't know how many other nations they attempted to conquer, but it seemed horrid beyond my imagining. With swords and knives, with rifles and cannons, they created a slaughter of the innocent. 

What kind of people would want such a huge empire? How could they raise armies to battle against other nations? 

I suppose they were like the Europeans who came to the Americas, stealing the wealth of the countries and massacring the native population in an attempt at genocide. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2017 at 1:54pm

I had two wonderful adventures in Turkey and found the people friendly and welcoming. I talked to many women about their lives, played "marbles" using pebbles in the street with children, ate the most delicious foods, smelled the aromas of foods with unfamiliar herbs and spices, heard the daily call to prayer and music with a haunting melody, and saw historic places with strange names. I loved Turkey and its people. The experiences, people, places, foods, sounds, were exotic, to say the least, but I felt I was in the 13th Century

The drivers in Turkey seemed insane to me; they used their horn as much as their brakes, and cut in where no space between cars existed. 

Their architecture is absolutely stunning with exotic forms and bright colors. 

I watched the Sufi dancers and was mesmerized by simply watching them. 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 23, 2017 at 8:57am

Damn, Bertold.  My impression is that Turkey is moving BACKWARDS ... and in the opinion of some, they no longer belong in NATO.

 

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