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In “An Arab model for curbing domestic violenceThe Christian Science Monitor reports that “A new law in Tunisia sets a regional standard by granting better protection for abused women. It reflects a steady shift in the Middle East toward gender equality.… Compared with other Arab states, Tunisia is already a model of gender equality. Its legislature has the highest rate of female representation. More women than men graduate from its universities. And its women can initiate a divorce and establish a business without spousal consent. But it still has one of the highest rates of domestic violence.… The new law is seen by rights activists as representing a “mental revolution” against the notion that violence in the home is a private matter. It still needs to be funded and implemented, an essential step that will be a test of changing cultural attitudes, not only in Tunisia but in many Arab countries.”

Ideas on this subject:

From the Bible:

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

I John 4:7

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 469–470

Human hate has no legitimate mandate and no kingdom. Love is enthroned.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 454

Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:

In “Equality: already present”: “As we start with the one God—Father and Mother of all—we are giving up the old brutal traditions toward women for a more spiritual view. We are seeing girls and boys, women and men, as reflecting the one infinite God, who is Life and Love.” And “Under the government of the one Father-Mother God, justice will reign, and true equality will become apparent everywhere.”

In “Safe from abuse”: “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.” And “Heaven is a present reality anyone can awaken to here and now, thought by thought. We are never outside our loved place in God’s kingdom, and God’s messages are always present to lead us to that understanding. The Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s writings guide thought to the heartening realization that ‘the kingdom of heaven is at hand’ (Matt. 3:2). There, we are all safe from harm, cherished, and always cared for.”

The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.


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