Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day and Its Socialist Foundations


Notice any similarities? On the left is a symbol for International Women's Day;
on the right the symbol of the Communist Party USA.

A Brief History of International Women's Day


March is Women's History Month in the United States and has its roots in what has been dubbed as "the first recorded organized action by working women anywhere in the world." On March 8, 1857, hundreds of women workers from the garment and textile factories marched in New York City to protest their low pay, long hours, inhumane working conditions, and not having the right to vote.[1]

Fifty-two years after that notable event, and to commemorate the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the Socialist Party of America declared the first official observance of National Women's Day on February 28, 1909.

The following year, Clara Zetkin, a notorious Marxist feminist from Germany, suggested at the first international women's conference held in Copenhagen that there be an established International Women's Day (IWD), but no official date was determined at that time.

However, after the October Revolution in Russia, Lenin was persuaded by Bolshevik feminist Alexandra Kollontai to make it an official holiday in that country. Ironically, women in Russia didn't even get the day off for this day held in their honor until 1965! (We really appreciate the work you do, now get back to it!)

The United Nations gave its sanction to and began sponsoring International Women's Day in 1975, which had also been designated as International Women's Year.[2]

President Jimmy Carter proclaimed a Presidential Message supporting the celebration of Women's History Week in 1980, and a bi-partisan Congress passed a resolution declaring a National Women’s History Week the following year. Then, in 1987, Congress expanded the commemoration to the entire month of March with a resolution for celebration of Women’s History Month each year during the month of March.[3] The highlight of Women's History Month is March 8, International Women's Day, and each American president in succession since its inception has issued a proclamation in honor of this radical socialist, feminist high day.[4]

In fact, the United States is currently recognized on the official IWD site as one of the key governments around the globe which supports the celebration.[5] Unfortunately, this day has been honored enthusiastically in our own White House by both liberals and conservatives, including President George W. Bush, with First Lady Laura Bush being the featured speaker at the 2002 "Afghan Women Today: Realities and Opportunities" observance of IWD.[6]


US First Lady Laura Bush, Secretary-General Kofi Annan,
along with Her Majesty Queen Noor of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
(UN/DPI Photo by Eskinder Debebe. 80302ed6)

The Lies of Socialist Feminists Promoted Through International Women's Day


I wasn't surprised to find there is a day set aside as "a major day of global celebration for the economic, political, and social achievements of women."[7] However, I was troubled by a particular image associated with this celebration. It pictures a woman carrying a red flag as she pulls another woman out from under a pile of kitchen wares.

According to Wikipedia, this image is a "1932 Soviet poster dedicated to the 8th of March holiday. The text reads: 8th of March is the day of the rebellion of the working women against the kitchen slavery and Down with the oppression and narrow-mindedness of the household work!"[8]

Notice the woman pictured on the left is crawling out from under a pile of plates, pots, pans, tea kettles, and a huge samovar (hot water dispenser for making tea). Apparently, what began as a commemoration of women struggling against adverse working conditions in factories became a clarion call for women to leave the "oppression" of the fireside at home to work in factories. What I must ask is how anyone could be convinced this was a good idea for women.

But, isn't that the big lie of socialism, Marxism, and the feminist movement in general? The big lie is that women are oppressed, kept down, and left without a choice, unless, of course, these organizations can convince them to become "liberated."

Yet, if women are liberated from their kitchens, who will prepare the food and clean up the pots and kettles? In most cases, if not their husbands and children, it will be other women. It would be interesting to find out how many women who hold political office in this country and around the world have women as domestics. How about Oprah? Have you ever heard of Rachel Ray, who was her personal chef? Of course, these women are paid -- Ms. Ray especially well, I am sure -- but, many domestics today are illegal immigrant women who are paid very poorly for doing what these liberated women consider "oppressive" work.

Please consider that the women in the textile and garment factories of the early 20th century had left their kitchens in order to work there. Many were wooed by the empty promises of the feminist movement of that time which played on their discontent and hid from them the down side of working outside the home. Yet, even after 100 years, the sales pitch is the same. Only now it is dressed up as "achievement." The sad truth is that many women who seemingly "have it all" are still discontent with their wages, exhausted by long hours, sick and injured on the job, and still don't have a voice or a choice in the matter.

And, I bet they don't even get the day off.

[This post is a modified version of one posted on March 11, 2009 found here.]

[1] "International Women's Day," Womenaid International, accessed March 10, 2008, http://www.womenaid.org/iwdmain.html.
[2] "International Women's Day," Wikipedia, accessed March 10, 2008, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Women's_Day.
[3] "March Women's History Month," Federal Heritage Month Celebrations, University Dining Services, University of Vermont, Sodexho, 2007, accessed March 11, 2008, http://uds.uvm.edu/diversity_calendar.html.
[4]Gerhard Peters, "Proclamation 6400 - Women's History Month, 1992
January 16th, 1992," The American Presidency Project, 2008, accessed March 11, 2008, http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=47328.[5] "About International Women's Day (8 March)," International Women's Day, accessed March 8, 2017, https://www.internationalwomensday.com/About.
[6] "International Women's Day at Headquarters 8 March to Feature Afghan Women," U.N. Press Release Note 5712.Rev2, 7 March 2002, accessed March 8, 2017, https://www.un.org/press/en/2002/note5712.rev2.doc.htm
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[7] "International Women's Day," Womenaid International.
[8] "International Women's Day,"
Wikipedia.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Redeeming My Life From Destruction


For most of my life I have been trying to kill myself. As the saying goes, I've been digging my grave with a spoon.

There have been contributing factors, accessories to my murder, so to speak: a family culture involving both gluttony and laziness, church leaders who made light of those sins, and the diversity and accessibility of food in our country. But, I have to own up to it: if anyone is going to ruin my life, it's me. I take full responsibility.

I have tried and failed many, many diets, some which did more harm than good. I saw some success with Overeaters Anonymous during my college years and with Weight Watchers a few years ago. However, it didn't take much for me to turn back to the old habits and lusts which have kept me in bondage most of my life. Though I have worked through many thoughts and heart issues concerning this pattern of sin, the key to release always eluded me.

After failing miserably once again on yet another diet, I was alarmed by the weight gain I was seeing once again. It really scared me.

I cried out, "Lord! I don't want to die this way!" And I asked Him to guide me in His will concerning which diet I should seek to follow in order to lose the weight and be healthy. I needed Him to redeem my life from destruction.


Bless the LORD, O my soul: 
   and all that is within me, 
bless his holy name.

Bless the LORD, O my soul, 
   and forget not all his benefits:

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; 
   who healeth all thy diseases;

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; 
   who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; 
   so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

~ Psalm 103:1-5

We just so happen to be memorizing this passage in our church. That phrase, "Who redeemeth thy life from destruction," really stood out to me this morning. Then I had to back up to the previous verses to understand fully what that means. I forget all the benefits of my salvation, one of them being His redemption of my life from destruction. Being a child of God includes the ability to keep from killing myself!

However, part of that redemption process involves remembering some things. I have to remember, also, that he forgives my iniquities. Wallowing in the guilt and shame of yet another downfall into gluttonous eating never moves me forward, never redeems my life. It leads me to destruction every time.

So, yesterday, when I failed miserably, I felt myself sliding back into the old habits. I messed up so badly. I was a willing accomplice with my lusts in eating in a way which is destructively unhealthy. And I indulged myself all the way up until I went to bed.

As soon as I was woke up this morning, there He was. I'm so glad He will never leave me or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5). But, instead of running away from Him in guilt and fear, I immediately confessed my sin and guilt and asked for the enabling power of the Holy Spirit to set my feet on a right path (Proverbs 4:26, 27). I was then able to get out of bed with freedom and hope and begin afresh. I am confident that today He will satisfy my mouth with good things and renew my health and vigor. I know this from what He has promised, and God can't lie.

I praise God for His guidance in leading me back to Weight Watchers. I need the structure, accountability, and encouragement of the plan and the weekly meetings. It is simply what works for me. However, no diet will work without the continual knowledge that God loves and forgives me because of Christ. I am also learning the importance of asking for the enabling grace of God through His Spirit.

Another important factor in my success is the loving prayers of God's people, and I covet your prayers for me when I come to mind. God bless you every one!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

And You Wonder Why They Can't Read


Someone asked on Facebook the other day at what age one should get a cell phone for their child. That got me thinking how different parenting is today than when we were rearing our children. Back then the big questions were how much time kids should be allowed to watch television or play computer games. Today, with a smart phone and the right cellular package, a child can not only watch videos and play games, they can also potentially access all manner of both helpful and unhelpful data, some of which could be deadly. Thus, it is wise to consider at what age a child should have his own phone.

However, I don't think the problem is at what age to let them have one, but rather whether or not they need one at all. We could sit here all day debating the good, the bad, and the ugly of 24/7, handheld Internet access, but that isn't really the issue. If given full reign, it would have been possible for children of past generations to also obsess around the clock on the screen distractions of their day. The real problem is the distraction of the Internet and its dumbing down effect on the brain.

Before home computers came along, television was the big distraction. Consequently, for the first few years of our children's lives, we decided not to have one at all. We got news from listening to the radio and from interaction with others outside our home. School and play times were rich in inspiration and imagination. Without screen distractions, books were a big draw, both for cuddle time and individual exploration. I believe that is one reason our children are such prolific readers today. Their foundation for learning wasn't hijacked by someone thinking for them through moving pictures and sound.

Reading is hard work. You have to decipher the words, understand them in context, and imagine what they are portraying. Even books which do not tell a story evoke connecting images and examples in our minds. It's how we develop comprehension. But, you have to concentrate in order to do that. Excess screen time seems to keep the mind constantly wandering off to what has been seen and heard rather than what is immediately being presented in print. Yet, reading content online is not much better.

By its very nature online reading is meant to be quick. Just the volume of the available words necessitates scanning and partial reading. Yet, reading that way too much could end up with us not being able to concentrate on the printed page. Books aren't written like blogs. In good writing, the first sentence is meant to present the concept of the paragraph. The sentences which follow it expand and explain the concept in more detail. Then the last sentence connects that paragraph with the next paragraph. You can tell when a book is well written: it has structure and flow. A well-written blog, on the other hand, presents bits and pieces for you to grab and take with you. You can't read a book like a blog. It won't make sense.

And that is one reason why I believe so many children are having trouble reading. If you want good readers, you must consider more restricted phone/screen use.

Thus, I would have to give counsel to the parent wondering about giving their child a phone to not do so unless it is for emergency use only. Yet, even if a phone really is necessary, one with no data plan would be a good start. Also, having a phone or phones only for temporary use might be a good idea, say, to call and let you know when practice is over.

Or how about walkie talkies? Remember those? We used to use them while shopping as a family and when we split up on walking trails. We even communicated between vehicles when we took separate cars on trips.

(I know; I know. No self-respecting kid is gonna use a walkie talkie these days.)

In any case, for the sake of the literacy of future generations and the health and well-being of well-rounded, successful adult children, I hope parents today will reconsider how often they are allowing their children to have screen time of any kind, but especially their own cell phones.