Abrahamic misogyny

SkepSun #73 (01_12_2013)

Today on Skeptical Sunday we focus on religion’s war on women. Is the misogyny of fundamentalist and orthodox versions of the monotheisms—Judaism, Christianity and Islam—simply an error of interpretation  some people make when reading their holy texts?  Today we’ll hear the case that no, that misogyny is inextricably at the core of the Torah, the Bible and the Koran. We’ll hear talks given by  two women who have escaped from religion and who are now activists for secularism.  Valerie Tarico is an American psychologist and former Evangelical Christian; she talks about why we need to take on the Bible if we want gender roles and reproductive rights to keep evolving in our society. Then we hear from Somalia-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who must live under protection from death threats for having left Islam, having made a movie highlighting the misogyny in the Koran while living in Holland, and having declared herself an atheist. An activist for the rights of women immigrating to the West from the Muslim world, we’ll hear a talk given by Hirsi Ali in 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin in which she directs some harsh criticism at the mainstream women’s movement in this country. First though, on Freethought Radio, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker update us on the latest skirmishes in religion’s war on reproductive rights. They discuss a famous singer/entertainer and also a rock band leader you probably had no idea are nonbelievers. They also interview science blogger and professor PZ Myers about his new book, The Happy Atheist.