A Message from the Patriarchy: We Are Not Responsible for Religion

I’m sitting in a banquet room at Reason in the Rock, watching Greta Schiller’s film “No Dinosaurs in Heaven.” So far, a good film. I’ll let you know what I think when it’s through.

In the meantime, I’d like to reflect upon some thoughts from today’s speakers.

In the morning, Lecia Brooks with the Southern Poverty Law Center discussed the “State of Hate” in America. Among many remarks (most of which I might quibble) was some data I know is true: the majority of church membership is female.

I, along with many others, have remarked before about the consistent irrationality of religions and theology. Less often, though the thought is normal within the PUA community and Dark Enlightenment, writers remark upon the irrationality observed among women. While this purported irrationality among women may be overstated, the consistent observation and comment upon it seems consistent with commentary among atheists about religion. So, my Brian is primed for another speaker.

Darrel Ray spoke regarding damage to personal sexuality done by religion. His remarks included several references to “Patriarchy,” in the context of overseeing religions. While there were a set of statements regarding how religion damages a man’s perception of sexuality, all the examples he provided also included as a consequence of that damage negative perceptions of women. The examples for women did not include a similar relationship to men.

After pondering his sexuality talk, I’ve concluded that it wasn’t helpful to men and boys. Yet again, as with so much talk about the Patriarchy and Patriarchal religion, there appears to be an attempt to blame men and specifically fathers for religious ideas. But here’s what doesn’t make sense to me: if most church membership is predominantly female, how is that the influence of Patriarchy? I don’t recall my father pushing religion hard in the home except as a consequence of his relationship to his wife, my mother. My (admittedly anecdotal) evidence from friends seems to support that notion, with a few exceptions. I just don’t see how men can maintain such a religious system of female subjugation without a large and supportive demographic contribution from men, and it isn’t there within churches.

So, here’s the thought: religion is matriarchal, not patriarchal. Religion requires belief in something irrational, and men don’t typically find satisfaction in “comforting” notions of a loving deity – or even a vengeful deity. Men want reality.

Greta’s film was good, BTW. Not earth-shattering, but good.

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