American Baptist Resolution of Family Violence

8094:12/82

AMERICAN BAPTIST RESOLUTION ON FAMILY VIOLENCE

Violence in the family has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Violence, which includes physical, psychological, and sexual abuse, can and does occur in families without regard for race, class, religious affiliation, or occupation. While family violence can be inflicted on any family member by any other family member, it most often is inflicted on the most vulnerable: the women, children and elderly.

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The Status of Women

I.

Christianity was born in a world of male preference and dominance. Practices, traditions, and attitudes in almost all societies viewed women as inferior to men, as having few talents and contributions to make to the general well-being of society aside from their biological roles. This was true of the Judaic society of which Jesus was a part.

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Support for the United Nation Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

Support for the United Nation Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
2007 Action of Immediate Witness

WHEREAS the first Unitarian Universalist principle “to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person,” and the sixth principle, “the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all,” correspond with the purpose of the United Nations Charter “to promote peace, prosperity, and dignity for all;”

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Violence Against Women

Violence Against Women
1993 General Resolution

BECAUSE Unitarian Universalists affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and living with dignity includes freedom from physical and emotional violence and the fear of such violence in the home, workplace, church, and community; and

WHEREAS the number of reported cases of harassment and stalking of women is increasing;

WHEREAS the rates of violent crime including sexual assault, rape, battering, and murder are rising and battering is the largest cause of injury to women in the United States and Canada;

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Battered Women

Battered Women
1979 Business Resolution

WHEREAS, the battering of women in the home is a family and societal problem related to the violation of basic human rights in a significant way both nationally and globally; and

WHEREAS, the problem is compounded by the legal and social system’s inability to protect victims of abuse adequately; and

WHEREAS, children internalize and perpetuate models of behavior observed and experienced in the home and in the larger society; and

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Female Genital Mutilation

WHEREAS, Jeremiah offers Biblical support that wisdom, strength, and money do not matter as much as kindness, justice, and equity;

WHEREAS, the "Good news of Jesus is violated if we ignore the pain of some of the most vulnerable children of this world." (Valerie Russell, UCC Office for Church in Society);

WHEREAS, there is no basis for Female Genital Mutilation in the Bible or the Koran, and it is not practiced in Saudi Arabia, the cradle of Islam;

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