Godly Women: Fundamentalism and Female Power

Godly Women: Fundamentalism and Female Power

Godly Women: Fundamentalism and Female Power

Godly Women: Fundamentalism and Female Power

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It was a hazy morning in September. I recently had embarked upon a study of Christian fundamentalist women in the United States, and sat on this day with approximately three hundred women attending the female worship service that regularly closed the Mount Olive weekly women's Bible study. The woman addressing the group was Elaine, the female leader of Mount Olive women's ministries. Giving an impassioned sermon that wrapped up the day's activities, Elaine sweated as she spoke with incredible intensity. The thread of logic connecting the various points she made in her talk was not readily discernable to me; but, the tangible, vivid imagery of her phrases rolled out like a warm, wet cloud that appeared to pull most of the women around me into a cosmos of religious significance. Her words provided a rough, insider's glimpse at some of the hottest issues fueling late twentieth-century fundamentalist political activism in the United States:

Keep that which is not from you away from your family. Satan knows how to get to us. He goes for the flesh. Think of it. Abortion. He loves blood. Our bone and our flesh. Ourselves and our kids. This year more than other years, we're sensing the shift. When President Clinton can vote for experimental . . .

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