Ever since the election of George Bush II, a growing list of those who have been nominated for President by the Republican Party have been associated with DOMINIONIST forms of Christianity that have been ever more radical and appalling than those that had governed the mindsets of the candidates who had preceded them as Republican nominees.
For example, George Bush II surrounded himself with members of the so-called "Promise Keepers" — people such as Tony Evans and others of his ilk. The "Promise Keepers" introduced Bush II to a completely new approach to politics - a RELIGIOUS one rather than an economic one; and they blatantly called for men to take a rather brutish "dominion" over their wives. [Please see our articles, "Phallus Worship and the New Charismatics" and "George Bush, the Promise Keepers and the Principles of Messianic Leadership."]
Then there was John McCain. Most Americans conceive of McCain as one of the few "reasonable" and "sensible" members of the GOP. But he is the one who invited Sarah Palin, an avowed "DOMINIONIST," to run with him on the same presidential ticket in 2008. Indeed, McCain was the first GOP candidate for the presidency who gathered about himself evangelical leaders who OPENLY embraced a "DOMINIONIST" mindset; for example, John Hagee, Rod Parsley, CUFI, etc. [We urge you to see our articles, "McCain and Palin: The Business Right Marries the Religious Right" and "Things Aren't Always What They Seem to Be."]
Finally, there was the by-now-failed candidacy of Rick Perry who was enthusiastically embraced by evangelicals who were closely linked to C. Peter Wagner's New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and hold a "DOMINIONIST" mindset that is much more dreadful and frightening than the mindsets of those who had surrounded Bush II and McCain.
Commenting back in the summer of 2011 on the extremism of those who initially endorsed the candidacy of Rick Perry, researcher Rachel Tabachnick wrote:
Echoing Tabachnick, investigative reporter Forrest Wilder of the Texas Observer wrote in the same time period:
There is an ominous progression into extremism here - a progression that leads downward into the same kind of hell eventually embraced by the German people in the 1930s; one ignores this downward progression at his own peril — especially in light of the fact that the U.S. is now in the grip of the same kind of economic crisis that propelled the German people to take leave of their senses in 1933, and vote Hitler into power. [Please see our recent article, "The Background for the 'End of the Age': Rich verses Poor."]
NOW IT'S RICK SANTORUM'S TURN ...
And Cockburn is right here: Santorum is far and away the most radical Christian DOMINIONIST ever put forward by the Religious Right as a nominee for the Republican Party. [Please see our article, "The Church and the State" for a more thorough discussion of Catholic eschatology.]
Santorum's shadowy connection with Opus Dei cannot help but send a shiver up the spine of anyone willing to investigate the religious philosophy of this right-wing Catholic brotherhood and its connection to a plethora of fascist governments over the last almost 100 years. Juan Martin Velasco calls Opus Dei -
And no question about it, Opus Dei is indeed a sinister and very ominous Catholic "brotherhood;" the fact is, WHAT AL QAEDA AND HAMAS ARE TO ISLAM, OPUS DEI IS TO CHRISTIANITY.
Opus Dei was founded in 1928 by Josemaria Escrivá who believed that the church was locked in a death-struggle with the "godless forces of socialism and communism," a struggle that Escrivá believed the church was losing - a perspective that was not without merit in the years following World War I. "Atheistic communism" was on the march everywhere. Russia had collapsed before the communist onslaught; Germany, Austria, and Hungary had all been threatened. And both Portugal and Spain had fallen under the influence of socialist-dominated governments - and wherever socialism and communism were in the ascendancy, the Church was in decline.
After the collapse of the republican government in Spain in 1936, Opus Dei (which had done so much to bring that collapse about) began expanding its reach beyond the Iberian Peninsula, and was soon operating in Latin America - and so much so that it can safely be said that no right-wing dictatorship in Central and South America since the end of World War II has been free of Opus Dei influence. Indeed, one of its latest paladins was the corrupt Peruvian president Alberto Fujimora. In this connection, it goes without saying that - like NAR - Opus Dei is not very much given to democratic proclivities.
THE WEST IS UNDER SEIGE BY
Ostensibly, the opening shots of this war against Christianity were fired at WOODSTOCK on Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskills near the town of Bethel, New York on August 15 to August 18, 1969. Cockburn writes:
"Santorum was two when the Sixties began. But like so many cultural conservatives he believes to the bottom of his soul that EVERYTHING WENT TO HELL WHEN THE 'LOVE GENERATION' CAME OF AGE."
Woodstock Music & Art Fair was a music festival, billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music". It was held at Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskills near the town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969. It is reported that over half-a-million people attended the event.
"WOODSTOCK IS THE GREAT AMERICAN ORGY. This is who the Democratic Party has become. They have become the party of WOODSTOCK. They prey upon our most basic primal lusts, and that's sex. And the whole abortion culture, it's not about life. It's about sexual freedom. That's what it's about. Homosexuality. It's about sexual freedom."
According to many conservative Christians, Obama is "... the public face of a secular conspiracy intent on altering their country beyond recognition."
"... not a theology based on the Bible..."
- it is a theology that stands in utter opposition to the Bible.
Millions of so-called Bible-believing Christians seem to agree. John Cassidy writes:
"Many ... Evangelical Christians ... take it as an article of faith that President Obama is merely the public face of a secular conspiracy intent on altering their country beyond recognition."
According to Santorum, Obama never seems to miss an opportunity to advance the cause of his new religion by attacking the essential institutions of Christianity. Indeed, in his recent instructions directing that Catholic hospitals and other institutions offer contraceptive services to their employees, Santorum says,
"The president has reached a new low in this country's history of oppressing religious freedom [meaning Christianity] that we have never seen before."
Plainly, a MASSIVE Christian counter-attack is in order if Christianity is to be saved. It is, however, the fervent belief of Opus Dei and those who support it that before the hedonistic forces of secular-humanism can be successfully fought, those who would do the fighting must themselves conquer these forces in themselves. THE FLESH MUST BE BROUGHT INTO SUJUGATION.
And how is this to be accomplished? - by subjecting one's flesh to the discipline of flagellation (i.e., self-mortification), a practice that most people think no longer exists within the precincts of the Catholic Church; BUT it does continue to exist; and it exists on a rather widespread basis in the murky passageways and the shadowy quarters haunted by right-wing Catholics.
Robert Hutchison reports in his book, Their Kingdom Come: Inside the World of Opus Dei:
"Corporal mortification [i.e., flagellation] is regularly practiced in Opus Dei. It is perhaps one of the most startling aspects of Opus Dei life for people outside the group."
It is believed by those who practice self-mortification that such acts are essential in checking the desires of the flesh. Andrew Soane of Opus Dei says that self-mortification helps those who practice it to -
"... reconnect with their bodies ..."
"... overcome such unhealthy developments as drug use, sexual addictions, etc."
Sister Tobiana Sobodka, who was in the next room to Pope John Paul II at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo near Rome, remembers,
"We would hear the sound of the blows."
The use of two devices - the cilice and the whip (called the "discipline") - are considered essential in the effort by the adherents of Opus Dei to keep the lusts of their bodies in check. They are the -
Cilice: [Photo of cilice] a spiked chain worn around the upper thigh for two hours each day, except for Church feast days, Sundays, and certain times of the year. Most Opus Dei members are extremely hesitant to admit that they use this device. It is a painful mortification which leaves small prick holes in the flesh, and makes the Opus Dei members tentative about wearing swim suits wherever non-Opus Dei members may be.
Discipline: [Photo of discipline] a cord-like whip which resembles macrame, used on the buttocks or back. The story is often told in Opus Dei that the Founder was so zealous in using the discipline, he splattered the bathroom walls with streaks of blood.
The use of these two devices is considered necessary practice for those who wish to live fully in the "Spirit of Opus Dei."
THE INSTRUMENTS OF "DISCIPLINE" IN A BOX
The box above is made exclusive for Opus Dei. It is inscribed with the words, "Miserére mei, Deus, secúndum magnam misericórdiam tuam", Latin for "Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy great mercy". According to its maker, the box will comfortably & discreetly store a Discipline (whip) and Cilice (spiked chain).
"Blessed be pain. Loved be pain. Sanctified be pain. . . Glorified be pain!"
But, again, what outsiders might call abnormal, the founder of Opus Dei - Josemaria Escrivá - considered vital to one's spiritual growth. Escrivá wrote in his book, The Way:
"Blessed be pain. Loved be pain. Sanctified be pain ... Glorified be pain!" (The Way, 208)
"If you realize that your body is your enemy, and an enemy of God's glory since it is an enemy of your sanctification, why do you treat it so softly?" (The Way, 227)
It is no accident that the devices used by Opus Dei to excoriate the desires of the flesh are the very same devices used by the sadistic adherents of BONDAGE & DISCIPLINE to EXCITE the desires of the flesh.
It is no accident that the devices used by Opus Dei to excoriate the desires of the flesh are the very same devices used by the adherents of BONDAGE & DISCIPLINE to EXCITE the desires of the flesh.
The fact is, according to the Bible, the more we attempt to "mortify the flesh" the more we excite the flesh to evil:
"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
"For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do." (Romans 7:18-19)
Plainly, what the Bible is saying here is that the more we attempt to tame the desires of the flesh by gaining mastery over them in the manner being urged by Opus Dei, the more we will be brought into bondage to these desires.
[We URGE you to take the time to read the first four chapters of the New Antipas Papers,
Urge you with all of
Chapter II: "Salvation: What Does It Mean?"
Chapter III: "God's Grace Contrasted with God's Law."
Chapter IV: "The Image of Christ and the Image of the Beast."
Despite all this information (see above) - all of which is easily obtained - 150 of the most prominent leaders in evangelical Christianity agreed on January 14 of this year to endorse Santorum for president, including Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Rev. Jim Garlow, pastor of the giant Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego and leader of California's anti-gay campaign, Richard Land, past president of the largest Protestant domination in the country, the Southern Baptist Convention, etc. WHAT THIS CLEARLY INDICATES - ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF JAMES DOBSON'S AND RICHARD LAND'S PARTICIPATION - IS JUST HOW FAR THE LEADERS OF TODAY'S EVANGELICAL CHURCH HAVE STRAYED FROM THE PLAIN TEACHINGS OF THE SCRIPTURE IN THEIR PURSUIT TO "SAVE AMERICA FOR CHRIST."
Believe me when I tell you, the pathway down which Rick Santorum and his co-religionists in Opus Dei would like to take us is a very dark path indeed.
Believe me when I tell you, the pathway down which Rick Santorum and his co-religionists in Opus Dei would like to take us is a very dark path indeed. Alexander Cockburn wasn't just "blowing smoke" when he said:
"Surely Rick Santorum is the most fanatical Christian to run for the Republican nomination in the modern era, maybe any era ... With Santorum - a conservative Roman Catholic AND MEMBER OF OPUS DEI - there's a truly manic edge to his religious pronouncements and activities."
God bless you all!
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CHRISTENDOM UNDER SIEGE: THE GENESIS
of the Gods:
This tradition, however, was not created in a vacuum; it is not without some basis in historical fact. Since 600 A.D., Europe has suffered under the harsh press of Islamic expansion and Asian assaults.
In 711 the Muslims crossed Gibraltar and conquered Spain, driving the Christians into the mountainous north of the Iberian Peninsula. Next the Muslims transversed the Pyrenees and threatened Burgundy, Aquitaine, and much of southern France. They were finally stopped at Tours by a Crusader army led by Charles Martel. In the middle of the thirteenth century the Mongols invaded Russia, Poland, Lithuania, and Hungary - defeating three great Crusader armies before mysteriously pulling back just as it seemed all of Europe lay open to them. In 1453 Constantinople fell to the Turks, and the Balkans fell shortly thereafter. By the late 1400s, the Turks had reached the gates of Vienna, one of Europe's greatest cities; they were finally repulsed after great loss of life and the destruction of two more Crusader armies.
These three great invasions - two by the Muslims and one by the Mongols, liberally interspersed by marauding bands of pagan Vikings from the north, pirates from the Mediterranean, roving criminal bands which regularly descended on Europe's farms and villages from their forest and mountain sanctuaries - all bent on murder, rape and pillage - threw a fright into Christian Europe from which it has never really recovered. The fear produced by these invasions worked deeply into the European psyche, producing a siege mentality - an Angst - that is never free of menace and disaster, and an Angst that is being re-awakened by what Europeans perceive as a never ending flow of migrants from the Islamic countries of North Africa and the Middle East.
Frederick II of Germany
"Bursting forth from the abodes of Tartarus, the Horde is even now battering like a sudden tempest at Germany, the 'door of Christendom'. Yet the day will come when Christendom will rise victorious against all her enemies, when Germany, rising with rage and zeal to battle, and France, that mother and nurse of chivalry; the warlike and bold Spain, with fertile England, valorous in its men, and protected by its fleet; Almaine, full of impetuous warriors, the maritime Dacia; untamable Italy; Burgundy, that never knows peace; restless Apulia, with the piratical and unconquered islands of the Grecian, Adriatic and Tyrrhene seas ... when bloody Ireland, with active Wales; Scotland, abounding in lakes, icy Norway, and every noble and renowned country lying under the royal star of the West, shall send forth their chosen ornaments preceded by the symbol of the life-giving cross ..."
One sees in this letter of a thousand years ago the manifestation of the same paranoia that even today grips the Political and Religious Right; and not only that, but the urge to "set things right" through unified Christian military and political action. But one finds it difficult to conceive of the gentle Carpenter of Nazareth confronting his enemies in such a fashion; however, the emperor of Germany was apparently under no such restraint; and neither, so it seems, is the Religious Right (both Catholics and Protestants) today.
THE GRAIL QUEST:
[The growing belief by many Christians - both
Tristan and Isolde
Moreover, this kind of thinking, the kind that links "civilization success" to individual purity within a community of believers - what Carolly Erickson calls "the miraculous power of sanctity," a situation which approximates Camelot - is re-awakening in the Christian World, phoenix-like from the ashes of Valhalla. For example, take Rouses John (R.J.) Rushdoony. Rushdoony makes the same linkage between "civilization failure" and sin that Wagner makes in Parsifal - and even Gotterdammerung and Die Walkure. Rushdoony believes that it is the primary responsibility of government to maintain godly purity within a society; because Christians have allowed their government to be usurped by atheists and humanists, the role of government and the institutions of Western Christendom have been perverted and will, as a result, experience God's judgment if the situation is not quickly rectified. Moreover, not only will the atheists and humanists be judged, but believers who have allowed this to happen will likewise experience God's wrath. The penalty will fall on unbelievers and believers alike. It is the Church's responsibility, therefore, to place itself in the forefront of political and social action to take back the reins of government from out of the hands of the ungodly. [Please see our article, "The Rutherford Institute & R.J. Rushdoony."]
To be sure, Rushdoony is applying "Old Testament Law" or theology here - and what he is saying cannot be said to have been necessarily derived from Germanic mythology as such. But very few people are as steeped in this kind of theology as he is, and it's not too difficult to believe that most people who seize upon Rushdoony's teachings will be doing so more out of mythological motivations than any kind of theological motivation - and Christians who believe otherwise are only kidding themselves. Indeed, this is already happening in charismatic and "Latter Rain" circles where many people are simply seizing upon anything that sounds scholarly to justify their activity, whether they understand it or not. The fact is that within Latter Rain and charismatic circles, it is not so much the whispering of angels one hears as it is the shriek of Wagner's Valkyries bestirring themselves and preparing to take flight again, this time in the service of "Political Christianity."
Moreover, whether the motivation behind political Christianity is theological or mythological, the goal is the same, and has little if anything to do with Biblical Christianity, a Christianity which by its very nature cannot be tied to political power.
According to L'Enchanteur by French author Rene Barjavel the Grail was originally a cup made by Eve to receive the blood flowing from Adam's side; after the Fall, an angel broke the Grail, which was later repaired and became the cup of the Last Supper and the vessel used by Mary to catch Christ's blood when his side was pierced by the "Lance of Longenius" (which is today housed in the Hofburg in Vienna); this, supposedly, was the vessel carried by Joseph of Arimathea to England and that later became the object of the "Grail Quest" in Tristan and Isolde, Parsifal, and the Excaliber legends. Of course, all this is non-biblical and has nothing to do with the Bible!!
THE HOLY GRAIL: THE PIVOT
OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
The Holy Grail as the central pivot around which flowed the whole history of Western Civilization.
According to Grail Christianity, the Old Testament holds that God had concluded a Covenant (and consequently, a relationship) with a certain people (i.e., the Jews). None others enjoyed this privilege; it was unique. As a result, a relationship to God was possible only through membership in this group.
In the New Testament the church comes to replace Israel as the vessel through which man may be joined to divinity - and only through baptism (spiritual birth) into membership in Christ's church is it possible for man to attain this divinity [i.e., only through social identification with the church (extra ecclesiam nulla salus)].
But the church has now been splintered into a thousand pieces (just as the Grail Cup was splintered after Adam's fall) and is, thus, no longer able to fulfill its divine mission. As a result, it awaits someone [or some super, magical, spiritual group of "Grail Seekers" (i.e., the Templars, the "bondage breakers" of "Latter-Rain," the "Apostles & Prophets," Opus Dei, etc.)] to piece it back together - just as the angels pieced the cup together after the Fall. Only when this has been accomplished can man resume his ascension towards the divine.
The problem, then, is for this magical, mystical group of "bondage-breakers" (e.g., Opus Dei) to rise up and piece the church back together; but this can only occur when enough men (no women need apply) achieve the necessary "inner perfection" required for a "Vision of the Grail" - which vision alone brings true spirituality; spirituality, then, leads to the "magic" necessary to piece the church back together. Once the church is pieced back together, the world will be united and peace achieved.
Wagner portrayed this dilemma in Parzival through the medium of the "Grail King:" the Grail King, Anforta, had been appointed to his sacred office as a mere boy - having done nothing to achieve it. Wolfram von Eschenback explains, "He reached the years when his beard began to grow, the age when Love turns her malice upon youth ..." She (i.e., Love) then urges the king to turn aside from his divinely appointed duties to pursue female companionship, and "... in riding in quest of adventure (i.e., sexual fulfillment) ... he is pierced, wounded in a joust, by a poisoned spear through his testicles, so severely he could not be healed." As a result, the kingdom is thrown into confusion and desolation - becoming a wasteland. Anforta's moral collapse (and, hence, the collapse of his kingdom) is caused by sexual sin.
SEXUAL SIN, THEN, IS THE BESETTING HINDRANCE WHICH ALL GRAIL SEEKERS MUST OVERCOME IN THEIR QUEST FOR THE "VISION OF GOD."
SEXUAL SIN, THEN, IS THE BESETTING HINDRANCE WHICH ALL GRAIL SEEKERS MUST OVERCOME IN THEIR QUEST FOR THE "VISION OF GOD." Sexual sin beclouds Perceval's moral vision and ruins his quest. Lancelot and Tristan also fail in their quests because of sexual sin - their adulterous love for women (Guinevere and Isolde) who belong to other men. The destruction of Grail Searchers through sexual sin is a never ending theme running through the entire fabric of the Grail Quest. The massive, even colossal, gravity of sexual sin in the mythology of the Grail Quest has no parallel in the Bible. So great does the fear of sexual sin loom in the eyes of the Grail Seekers, that strict forms of chastity come to encompass all those who enter the quest - a chastity under which the Templars, the Hospitalers, the Teutons, etc. all labored - and, again, it's interesting to note in this connection that one of the hallmarks of the coming "anti-messiah" is his hatred and loathing (one might even say, fear) of women. (Dan. 11:37)
It's no accident, therefore, that the same chastity - THE KIND THAT LEADS TO THE ACTUAL FEAR OF WOMEN AS A CONTAMINATING INFLUENCE - has come to encompass many Christian sects; but again, the fear so generated has nothing to do with the Bible and everything to do with the Grail Quest - and the extensive degree to which this kind of thinking has trickled into Christianity gives some indication as to the influence that Grail thinking has had on Western Christianity.
Leaving aside the obvious example of the Roman Catholic Church, with its refusal to let its priests marry (which is by far the most obvious example of the belief that women are a contaminating influence on one's journey to "inner perfection"), take William Branham, Branham's influence on American Pentecostalism cannot be over estimated. C. Douglas Weaver has written, "Branham's ministry must ... be considered ... as (the) precursor of the Faith/Confession movement (to say nothing of Latter Rain) ... Kenneth Hagin ... is the founder, and is the acknowledged 'prophet' of the movement. Other prominent voices - all of whom consider Hagin their spiritual father - include Kenneth Copeland, Fred Price, John Osteen, Kenneth Hagin, Jr., and Charles Capps."
Women as the "Serpent's Seed."
Now there is a very earnest and somber reason that we have taken the time here to dwell on this subject. As Catholics and evangelicals move ever more closely together, this kind of thinking will come ever more to the forefront in the "Organized Church." One sees its subtle influence everywhere - in the literature of James Dobson (carefully hidden behind "Christian-speak" and "Psycho-babble"), the Promise Keepers (where it's cleverly concealed behind a rather vacuous "praise" of women, etc., etc.
In the end, however, all this leads to domination of women in the worst sense of that word - a domination that is both cruel (because it is ultimately based on a fear of women as a "contaminating influence") and ruthless (because such passions must be ruthlessly suppressed, meaning - ipso facto - that women must be mercilessly bridled and constrained. Needless to say, this kind of thinking does not lend itself to a good marriage - despite the pretense of people such as Rick and Karen Santorum and others of their ilk.
Such thinking is UTTERLY unbiblical and extremely heartless and unfeeling; it inevitably destroys families and turns the relationship of a man with a woman into a connection that resembles more the relationship of a cruel master to a lowly servant than anything else.
LOVE IS NOT CRUEL! It is not unkind; it is not fierce and severe; brutal and inexorable; devilish and heartless. Love is kind and gentle; good-hearted and compassionate; generous and sympathetic.
"... Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Matt. 20:25-28)
And Jesus went on to say,
"IT SHALL NOT BE SO AMONG YOU"
- and He continued by saying,
"WHOSOEVER WILL BE CHIEF AMONG YOU, LET HIM BE YOUR SERVANT ..."
Some would retort that these verses are in contradiction to Ephesians 5:22-25. Much is made of that portion of these Scriptures which calls upon wives to submit to their husbands, but very little attention is paid to the admonition that husbands are to love their wives even as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it.
LOVE IS NOT CRUEL! It is not unkind; it is not fierce and severe; brutal and inexorable; devilish and heartless. Love is kind and gentle; good-hearted and compassionate; generous and sympathetic. Believe me when I say, "moral perfection" - when it leads to the kind of cruelty that is inherent in the Grail Quest - is not of God, but TOTALLY of the EVIL ONE - and people that become involved in such a quest have truly been deceived!!
I have been blessed far beyond the imaginings of my youth and far beyond what most men ever touch in this life by my wife of almost fifty years, my beloved Lucy. It has been a wonderful life that we have shared together, and although there has been much poverty and physical stress, I wouldn't change even one iota of it now that I am old. I have loved and been loved by her more than any man could ever hope - both in my youth when she was young and beautiful and I was a soldier, and now that I am old and youth has faded away. It has been a PARTNERSHIP of love and mutual respect - and in all those many years I don't think that I have ever once ORDERED my wife to do anything. I have never LORDED it over her, and I have never taken DOMINION over her. We have just never operated on that plain. I believe that men who operate at that level don't understand the first thing about human relationships.
A CURRENT FLOWING IN
TODAY'S CHURCH: BE CAREFUL!
Nonetheless, there is a current flowing in the church which says that men should take dominion over their wives as a master would take dominion over his servant; and the clear implication here is that they (i.e., women) are a contaminating influence. It's still half-hidden and obscured behind a great deal of "love-speak" and "psycho-babble," but it's there, and most of you who are reading this article know what I mean. Moreover, the Bible indicates that this will grow even to the extent that there will come a time when those who want to "live holy lives" will be encouraged not to marry (I Tim. 4:3) and to avoid women all together - and all this under the illusion that they are doing God a service.
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