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Eye on the world: Breaking free from violence against women
In “Street vendors’ ‘bargain’ theater shines spotlight on violence against women” The Christian Science Monitor reports that “violence against women is prevalent—and usually unpunished—in El Salvador, which gang violence has made one of the world’s most dangerous countries.” In an effort to break the cycle of abuse, a theater group called La Cachada Teatro performs plays that “incorporate [the] painful stories of domestic violence and sexual abuse into broader pictures of a deeply unequal, sexist, and violent country.” The country’s laws and societal standards are stacked against women’s rights. However, initiatives such as La Cachada Teatro are helping to change the culture of acceptance when it comes to abuse and violence toward women.
Ideas on this subject:
From the Bible:
God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:
The Christianly scientific man reflects the divine law, thus becoming a law unto himself. He does violence to no man.
— Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 458
We should become more familiar with good than with evil, and guard against false beliefs as watchfully as we bar our doors against the approach of thieves and murderers. We should love our enemies and help them on the basis of the Golden Rule; ….
— Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 234
Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:
In “Violence—how the individual can respond”: “[The] spiritual view of man springs from the Bible’s central teaching that God is the source of man’s being. The creator—Spirit and Love, to use other Biblically given names for God—determines our nature, regardless of the appearances of the moment. That is the essential truth of our being.” And “That man or woman is reflecting the divine law who discerns God’s presence, and acts according to the impulsion of His commanding presence when others see only the mortal dimension.”
In “Safe from abuse”: “There is a divine law that lifts the dark and hidden shadows of abuse and sets everyone free to discover that they are the loved and safe children of God.” And “God’s love and constant maintenance of His perfect creation are forever realities in which each of His children is lovingly provided with all good, and each is tenderly cared for. It is a love that heals and protects, takes us out of the midst of violence, and can restore wholeness to our relationships. We are all blessed with spiritual natures that can be tapped into and expressed in any human relationship, in any circumstance.”
The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.