Daily Links 08 November 2004Nov 8, 2004 • 2:20 pm No Comments
Gary Hart Preaches
The prophetic voice of the moment comes from… Gary Hart? Who wouldda thunk? And yet here he is, talking some serious God and history on the op-ed page of the NYT, no less. “To participate in a discussion of ‘faith’ one must qualify oneself,” and he goes on to do just that with a specifity that should shame all those — Bush and Kerry alike — who use the term “faith” to signal something as deep as a kiddie pool. “Declarations of ‘faith,’” writes Hart, a man who — did you know? — has spent a good deal of his life considering them — “are abstractions that permit both voters and candidates to fill in the blanks with their own religious beliefs.” At last — if this wisdom isn’t common ground, we don’t know what is.
How do India’s social conservatives deal with the prospect of gender equality or change in the family structure? In part, with the Manju Institute of Values’ 3-month course, which trains Indian women to be the ideal wife who will focus on household chores, keep sex to a minimum, and defer to her mother-in-law. One of the Institute’s instructors, Hemnani, denies any motivation to thwart women’s progress, but neither should women consider themselves equal partners to their husbands. “‘The moment you say partner, that’s where the clashes come. [The husband's] not God, but he’s like God.’”