"Why go to the Bible [about woman suffrage]? What question was ever settled by the Bible? What question of theology or any other department?
The human mind is greater than any book. The mind sits in judgment on every book. If there be truth in the book, we take it; if error, we discard it. Why refer this to the Bible? In this country, the Bible has been used to support slavery and capital punishment; while in the old countries, it has been quoted to sustain all manner of tyranny and persecution. All reforms are anti-Bible."
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William Lloyd Garrison, remarks at the 5th national woman’s rights conference in Philadelphia on Oct. 18, 1854. (via deconversionmovement)
The line that stood out for me here was “What question was ever settled by the Bible?" Most of the questions that people have ever thought to be settled by the Bible turned out to be wrong (where the world came from), very wrong (the role of women in society), or very, very wrong (justifications for slavery).
If women which are 50% of our species are to achieve the status they deserve, the means to getting there cannot be the very same book that has kept them down.
"But I don’t want comfort. I want poetry. I want danger. I want freedom. I want goodness. I want sin."
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"Social change? But what if it mildly inconveniences rich people?"
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