On Christmas Day, an unidentified blond in St. Peter's Square in Rome had her own Christmas message to deliver to the world. As a member of a feminist activist group, the woman was topless and had the words 'God is Woman written on her bare chest as she attacked the nativity scene in the piazza.
Although the incident occurred well after Pope Francis delivered his Christmas message from the balcony of St Peters Basilica, thousands of pilgrims were still in the square when the woman grabbed the statue of the infant Jesus, hoisted it over her head and screamed an inaudible message. Minutes later, she was apprehended by Vatican City police, cloaked and taken away.
The infant statue was also returned to the manger.
The woman was a member of Femen, an organization of topless female protesters who oppose the political power of the clergy. The Paris-based movement, which began in Ukraine in 2008 to protest the former pro-Kremlin regime, opposes the Catholic Church's positions against abortion and gay marriage, often staging protests in places of worship.
Femen has staged other stunts in the Vatican piazza as well. In November, three women representing the group protested Pope Francis' scheduled visit to the European Parliament by simulating sex acts too disturbing to describe here. Then, the day before his visit to the EU, another topless activist mounted the altar of the Strasbourg cathedral.
As for the 'sextremist' of Christmas Day, the Femen website bragged that the woman was part of its 'Massacres of the Innocents' campaign. "The maniacal desire to control women's fertility is a common trait of many religions, National Socialism, nationalism and other antediluvian, anti-humanist ideologies," the group proclaims. "Abortion is sacred!"
All of which illustrates a central article of feminist faith--abortion as a quasi-sacramental right. But abortion operates as a punishment as well, a punishment to be imposed on any woman who fails to separate procreation from sexual pleasure by failing to use a contraceptive and daring to become the unspeakable--pregnant. Nor does abortion as punishment stop there: It also functions as a punishment-penance, if you will--to be imposed on anyone else attempting to interfere with the pregnant woman's 'right' to abort her child.
Too brutal? Facts often are ... which is why they are so often disguised with lying phrases such as 'the right to choose'.
Now a little history. Since the 19th century, feminism has been pushing forward with the often lawless assistance of its avatars who prepared the soil for the next generation by directing their activism ever more sharply against the family and the traditional role of women within it.
Hidden in all the lofty rhetoric about equality and a woman's right to vote in a democratic society was radical feminism's real target--motherhood--which a century ago was blatantly revealed through the will and activism of one woman, Margaret Sanger.
One of eleven children, Margaret Sanger (1879-1966) was born into an Irish working class family. Early on, she came to view small families as the ideal, allowing parents free time and financial ease to provide better care for their children. And her mothers early death at age 49, after eleven births and seven miscarriages, confirmed her view.
At age 23, while working as a nurse at a New Jersey hospital, she married William Sanger, a young architect with whom she had three children. But it soon became apparent that Margaret was not going to be an average housewife as she began a lifelong pattern of sexual affairs--much to the distress of her husband and the neglect of her children. Indeed, in today's parlance, Sanger might be diagnosed as a sex addict' whose behaviour became ever more voracious as she indulged it with ever more men, some famous, including science...