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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 13, 2013/ 7 Elul, 5773

Hey, social progressives: Women can actually think with an organ other than a uterus

By Christine M. Flowers

Christine M. Flowers


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Wendy Davis, the Texas legislator who hijacked the Senate floor for a few hours last month, is the new feminist icon. The woman who fought to keep abortions safe, legal and not necessarily rare deeply into the second trimester of pregnancy was ultimately unsuccessful in her crusade. Nonetheless, she cemented her status as "One Who Speaks For US." The "US," of course, is anyone with a set of ovaries.

Another lady who assumed the heavy burden of our gender upon her slender shoulders is Sandra Fluke, the courageous Georgetown law student who raised her voice in solidarity with those who wanted the public to subsidize their sex lives.

Both Davis and Fluke have been embraced by the people who revere the term "choice," but have very little familiarity with the definition. To them, any choice that does not align itself with their (usually progressive) views is neither valid nor understandable. If a woman is not a supporter of abortion rights, she is and can only ever be a second class citizen. She is also naive, masochistic and probably a religious fanatic.

If a woman does not think that the government should be forcing third parties to pay for her birth control, she is all of the above and, in addition, a misogynist. They find it hard to believe that we can be repulsed at Rush Limbaugh's "slut" comment while at the same time feeling that Sandra Fluke represented a giant leap backward for women's autonomy.


It comes as a great surprise to the social progressives that a woman could actually think with an organ other than her uterus. They harbor a reflexive hostility to anyone who would say that there are some things as, if not more, important than easy access to abortion and the pill. One of those things is religious freedom.

That's why it's important to stand up and take notice of women who have a type of courage that is neither appreciated nor accepted by a society that still blackmails dissenters with archaic symbols of bloody coat hangers and chastity belts.

"Women Speak For Themselves," a grassroots organization of over 40,000 woman nationally, was formed in direct response to the Affordable Care Act's Birth Control mandate which went into effect one year ago this month. While the mandate has been delayed for certain not-for-profit and religiously-affiliated organizations, the White House has made it clear that it will not stop until every employer in the United States guarantees free birth control for its female employees.

Kathleen Sibelius has tried not to show too much exasperation with her annoying fellow citizens who point to the First Amendment and say, "Excuse us, but you need to take a look at this Madame Secretary." She has assumed the demeanor of a teacher lecturing to unreceptive students when she explains that the ACA respects religious freedom by not forcing employers to pay for the birth control directly out of their own pockets. Of course, she fails to point out that this is simply a bait and switch tactic, an accounting trick that still violates the religious liberties of objecting employers.

You get the sense that Secretary Sibelius is one of those women who lionized Wendy Davis and think that Sandra Fluke is the millennial version of Eleanor Roosevelt. Certainly, she'd have a problem with the brave ladies who gathered in DC on August 1st and raised their diverse voices against the mandate.



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Women like Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, a Latino Catholic who stated that "Latino immigrants have come to the United States not looking for handouts…we came here looking for freedom."

Women like Maya Noronha, an attorney with a Georgetown pedigree who told the cheering crowd "I went to Georgetown Law. But my classmate Sandra Fluke does not speak for me. … I can speak for myself. And I speak for religious freedom."

Women like Helen Alvare, the George Mason University law orofessor who founded Women Speak for Themselves. Professor Alvare told me: "No one should underestimate the importance of these women coming together in person to take strength from each other. So many women told me how inspired they were to take action in their hometowns, after seeing how many intelligent and unafraid women are in this fight alongside them!"

And that's the point. When you are in a city like Philadelphia where liberal voices are usually loudest by default, it is difficult to believe that there are other, equally passionate voices for religious freedom resonating in homes and offices and municipal buildings. When you are constantly bombarded with hagiographic tributes to Wendy Davis and Sandra Fluke, when progressive websites call conservative women "Republic*nts" (I speak from firsthand experience,) when you are attacked with crude comments about keeping your rosaries off of someone else's ovaries, it can make you question the strength of your voice.

But train your ear to the wind, and you'll hear a different story.

Christine M. Flowers is a lawyer and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. Comments by clicking here.

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Previously:



08/06/13: Media make our enemies seem friendly
07/29/13: Mrs. Anthony Weiner = Hillary 2.1
07/08/13: A voice of reason, from the dustbin
07/04/13: Heroes are all around us
05/27/13: Vietnam vet's words soothe modern tragedies
05/22/13: Circling the presidential-protection wagons
05/15/13: Divorce can't be just the pursuit of happiness
05/07/13: We knew Jackie Robinson, and Jason Collins is no Jackie Robinson
05/01/13: Blame pro-choice lobby for Philly monster
04/23/13: Of damnation, and staring back
04/15/13: Margaret Thatcher changed the world, and didn’t have to be a feminist to do it
04/08/13: Taking great pleasure in the death penalty
04/01/13: An easy prediction --- bet on the unpredictable
03/26/13: 'The personal is political' is no reason to change
03/19/13: A word to the whines --- it was just some high jinks
03/11/13: The Great Race Debate, revisited
03/04/13: Marriage goes beyond love
02/19/13: 2 women, and what they're fighting for
02/04/13: Sadly, Scouting seems poised to give up the fight
01/15/13: Reflections from Gettysburg
01/02/13: The mentally ill vs. those who love them
12/27/12: Rapper learns he's just another guy on probation
12/20/12: Cold, hard truth about the killer
12/10/12: When a warm heart meets a cold manipulator
11/22/12: Some women don't know how good they have it


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