Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women's Bible. Women's History Month Day 7 FREE EBook
Living abroad during my College years, being completely immersed in other Cultures, in other Religions & other Philosophies of Life, I've always been very Open-Minded & receptive to seeing things from a different or new perspective, including thoughts on all kinds of Prejudice including SEXISM.
Finding "The Women's Bible," by Elizabeth Cady Stanton was such a God send.
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From the Library of Congress:
"Although most often identified as a suffragist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) participated in a variety of reform initiatives during her lifetime. Setting her sights on women's emancipation and equality in all arenas--political, economic, religious, and social--Stanton viewed suffrage as an important but not paramount goal.*** Since childhood, Stanton had rebelled against the role assigned to women and chafed at being denied a university education because of her sex. As a young woman, she became involved in the temperance and antislavery movements, through which she met Henry Brewster Stanton (1805-1887), an abolitionist reformer and journalist, whom she married in May 1840. While honeymooning in England, Elizabeth became outraged when she and other women were barred from a major antislavery convention. She discussed her feelings with Lucretia Mott (1793-1880), a Quaker minister from Pennsylvania and one of the American delegates to the meeting, and together they resolved to hold a women's rights convention to discuss women's secondary status when they returned to the United States."
***This official account in the Library of Congress is actually wrong & should be corrected.
Suffrage - the Right to Vote - was the one thing that was absolutely Non-Negotiable for Stanton.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was right. All CITIZENS should have Voting Rights, something we now take for granted.
After the passage of the 15th Amendment granting Voting Rights or Suffrage to Freed Black Men, she along with Susan B. Anthony & Matilda Joslyn Gage again Petitioned Congress in a Appeal for Women to be next.
She must have felt snubbed & betrayed at Women being left out of the 15th Amendment - this after having spent a life of working to End Slavery, like so many Female Abolitionists of the time - & said to herself "Ok fine. Give us the 16th Amendment."
Another Amendment & another snub.
Another Amendment & another snub.
Another Amendment & another snub.
Finally in 1920, years after Elizabeth Cady Stanton's death in 1902, WOMEN were granted the Right to Vote under the 19th Amendment.
Many Historians have pointed to what they characterize as some breath-takingly Racist remarks made by Stanton after the 15th Amendment snub.
She was betrayed.
She was stabbed in the back.
And was very likely angry.
Angry people very often make regrettable remarks.
We see that on Social Media today with the lack of civility in the way people fight over Politics - including some Elected Officials who should know better.
While I have NEVER had a Racist bone in my body, even having been in a number of Bi-Racial relationships in the past, I very deeply relate to her sense of BETRAYAL.
I am so tired of having to listen to people being skewered publicly when I know for a FACT that Hip Hop Music & RAPPERS are so SEXIST.
It is SUCH A PROBLEM that I have a couple Pages on this Website that address this HYPOCRISY
Now THAT'S some breath-taking SEXISM!!!!
With respect to Women's History Month, Stanton made Social Reforms of all kinds her life's work.
And while she & other women's rights Pioneers didn't always see eye to eye, they all lived during the Period of the Second Great Awakening.
It seemed perfectly natural to her that she should "Rewrite the Bible" to include WOMEN.
So in 1895, Stanton Published a revised version of the Bible writing WOMEN into it's pages, available here for Free. (Click the Image Above.)
In yet another ironic & hypocritical twist, President Thomas Jefferson had done his own hatchet-job on the Bible - quite LITERALLY CUTTING ENTIRE PAGES FROM IT - pretty much the entire Old Testament, for which he was applauded.
After completion of the Life and Morals, about 1820, Jefferson shared it with a number of friends, but he never allowed it to be published during his lifetime.
The most complete form Jefferson produced was inherited by his grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph, and was acquired in 1895 by the National Museum in Washington. The book was later published as a lithographic reproduction by an act of the United States Congress in 1904. Beginning in 1904 and continuing every other year until the 1950s, new members of Congress were given a copy of the Jefferson Bible. Until the practice first stopped, copies were provided by the Government Printing Office. A private organization, the Libertarian Press, revived the practice in 1997.
In January 2013, the American Humanist Association published an edition of the Jefferson Bible, distributing a free copy to every member of Congress and President Barack Obama. A Jefferson Bible For the Twenty-First Century adds samples of passages that Jefferson chose to omit, as well as examples of the "best" and "worst" from the Hebrew Bible, the Quran, the Bhagavad Gita, the Buddhist Sūtras, and the Book of Mormon.
The Smithsonian published the first full-color facsimile of the Jefferson Bible on November 1, 2011. Released in tandem with a Jefferson Bible exhibit at the National Museum of American History, the reproduction features introductory essays by Smithsonian Political History curators Harry R. Rubenstein and Barbara Clark Smith, and Smithsonian Senior Paper Conservator Janice Stagnitto Ellis. The book's pages were digitized using a Hasselblad H4D50-50 megapixel DSLR camera and a Zeiss 120 macro lens, and were photographed by Smithsonian photographer, Hugh Talman.
The entire Jefferson Bible is available to view, page-by-page, on the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's website. The high-resolution digitization enables the public to see the minute details and anomalies of each page.
The text is in the public domain and is freely available on the Internet.
This was during the period Stanton would have lived & studied Current Events of her day.
Viewed through this lens, if a sitting President could have the AUDACITY to cut entire Chapters out of of the Bible, why shouldn't she Edit WOMEN INTO IT?
Like Stanton & Jefferson, I've been pondering questions of Theology pretty much my entire life, but things really ramped up after seeing the Houston Museum of Natural Science exhibit of "The Dead Sea Scrolls" when it was in town back in 2005.
What I found is that the roots of Misogyny run deep, beginning in the Bible.
The Dead Sea Scrolls is PROOF of CENSORSHIP of the Bible.
What people need to understand is that the "Word of God" is an Anthology of Short Stories from people who lived in the time of Jesus Christ.
According to Scripture, Mary Magdalene was the one who first discovered the Holy Ghost when she found the empty tomb of Jesus & ran to tell the good news that Christ was Risen.
Where is her first hand account ?
Maybe Elizabeth Cady Stanton WAS right.
Where are the Women of the Bible?
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