Sometimes I just can’t help myself Violet. I’ve seen a woman with a Masters degree in music declined from the position of choir director in a church, because, uh, no penis, no service.
The quantity of intellectual disrespect that I’ve seen in various religions is extraordinary.
Some of the few religions where it wasn’t or isn’t prevalent were those of the various Native American tribes. They view(ed) people as being spiritual beings and slotted them into their social positions based on that more then their physical form. Thus, they even had respect for the “dual spirit” people known now as homosexuals.
Those religions were almost eradicated by the conversion camps used to integrate the “Indians” into christianity. Raping them, beating them, leaving them tied to posts outside for days on end, kids that is, oh what a glorious history of compassion, kindness and conversion!