Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Approach
On some days it’s hard to find hopeful news in religious circles. It’s not the evil in the world that makes me question God’s existence, it’s the followers of God.
In many Hindu and Muslim temples women are prohibited from entering when they have their period. One Hindu temple in Kerala, India, goes a step further. Since it is difficult to know if a woman is menstruating, it has banned all women between 10 and 50 years of age. The temple leader, Prayar Gopalakrishnan, has said that women will be allowed to enter “only after a machine has been invented to detect if they have their period.”
This cynical remark has drawn the ire of young Hindu women who have launched a Happy-To-Bleed protest on Facebook. One woman has posted, “Mr. Gopalakrishnan and everyone who thinks women are impure during their periods, don’t forget it’s the same ‘impurity’ you survived on for nine months inside your mother’s womb.”
The Indian Muslim Women’s Movement has filed a petition in court over the menstruating ban. A ruling in their favor would set a precedent with far-reaching consequences for discrimination against women in places of worship.
Here’s My Take: All major religions are male-dominated. As a result, the fullness of God’s love is only partially revealed. In the Christian faith, we believe that the blood of Christ was shed for the sins of all. Women shed theirs every month. Happily, it’s the same God-given blood.