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November 27

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QUOTE by Susan Polis Schutz.

We've Already Had Theocracies in the U.S.

      "A couple of men have written in objection to my references to the radical religious right supremacists attempting to set up a theocracy in the United States. They claim it might be a good thing... something new to straighten things out by putting THEIR version of god first.
      "May I humbly point out that we've had theocracies in what is now the United States. The religious refugees who settled in the New World fleeing religious intolerance in their home areas set up religiously intolerant theocracies here. Any correct reading of the Colonies' HIStories will prove that.
      "The results were such sterling episodes in our history as the hanging of Quakers, burning books, giving formal thanks when Ann Hutchinson and her children were murdered, and, of course, the Salem witchcraft trials in which 19 women, one man, and two dogs were executed.
      "When the U.S. Constitution was formulated such memories were very, very vivid in everyone's mind, and thus the First Amendment - the freedom for you to worship as you choose and the freedom for us to NOT worship if we choose - became a basic right of our nation.
      "Yes, independent freedom for men was limited under the theocracies, but any reading of HIStory teaches us that women were even more abused and without the right to vote or speak in public, without civil rights, and had no, none at all, rights to food, their own clothing, or even life because of unrestricted pregnancies in the theocracies... and their husbands/fathers/brothers could [and often did] imprison and restrict their movements in any and all ways without having to answer to anyone. It's not a way of life most women would consider looking forward to... again."
            -- Irene Stuber, 1995

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B. 11-27-1809, Fanny Kemble, British actor and author whose writings give historians insight into stage and social conditions of the 19th century. Born into an acting family, she was an acclaimed star in both England and the United States. She had disdained acting but was forced into it to save her family from financial ruin. For a time she retired from the stage, marrying a Philadelphia man, who was also a Georgia plantation owner. Her shock at the plantation's conditions and later her husband's socially accepted adulteries led to divorce. Although she wrote several books, her Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation (1863) is her most telling work. She was an early suffragist.

B. 11-27-1867, Margaret Ruthven Lang, composer. Her most noted works: "Witichis" and "Sappho's Prayer to Aphrodite."

B. 11-27-1875, Elsie Worthington Clews Parsons, holder of a Ph.D., who had to publish under the pseudonym John Main so as not to embarrass her husband with her feminist views. After divorce she became a noted anthropologist and expert of the Pueblo Indians. Foremost of her many books and articles is the two-volume Pueblo Indian Religion (1939).

B. 11-27-1909, Kunying Pierra Vejjabul, brave Thai physician who campaigned against prostitution and polygamy in spite of death threats and attempts on her life. Worked for the Thai public health department and established Pierra Maternity and Child Welfare Foundation.

B. 11-27-1995, Mabel Wheeler Daniels, American composer, specialized in choral music, the only American composer played at the Carnegie Hall Festival in 1939, the only woman to have three works played by the Boston Symphony 1929, 1934, and 1954, but was never able to earn a living with her music. "What difference whether (music is) written by a man or a woman or a Hottentot or a Unitarian," she asked.

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"You want the kind of girl
            who gives up her career
            to help you succeed in yours
            and who gives up her whole being
            to make you a superman.--
      "Well honey
            I'm proud to say that
            I'm NOT that kind of girl"
                  -- Susan Polis Schutz

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