I just last night (7/7/18) finished your frank and fearless book Fractured Covenants. It both compels the reader to look behind the false pretensions of a duplicitous ex-spouse but prompts sympathy for the way you, and others like you, on the part of the reader, for the way you, with your back to the wall, refuse to be cowed or silenced, but instead combat the pious hypocrisy of those pastors, and other patriarchal types whose attitudes, consciously or otherwise, strengthen the walls of the individual prisons in which you, and many others like you have found themselves. Bravo to you, who never quit; but fought and prevailed in your often lonely struggle.
I’d like to recommend most heartily reading something by, or about, two other strong, courageous – yes, even fearless – individuals from long ago.
Mistress Anne Hutchinson, who stood up to the Puritan ministers of 17th Century Boston. She held prayers and theological discussions in her home which contravened the fire-and-brimstone; hell-and-damnation Calvinist diatribes which kept most Massachusetts Bay Puritans, cowed in fear and “in line”. Anne’s “inner light” – the light of grace present in one’s soul was far from a wrathful Jehovah, and much akin to the Quaker view, a group which also aroused to hatred the Puritan theocracy. Not surprisingly, she was a follower of Roger Williams, whom she followed to Rhode Island, when she was exiled there in the late 1630’s.
William Lloyd Garrison’s preoccupation was with the immediate unconditional and uncompensated emancipation of all enslaved human beings, everywhere. He considered owning, exploiting the labor of, and trafficking in slaves to be the ultimate sin. He was born in Newburyport, MA some years after this state abolished slavery in its 1780 Constitution. His newspaper The Liberator was published from 1820, I believe, right through the end of the Civil War. It was, not surprisingly, banned in the South.
His fiery credo was expressed, as I recall, in the following words:
On this subject [emancipation] I do not propose to speak or write with “moderation”. As well might one expect a mother to “moderately” rush into a burning building, to rescue her precious baby….or a husband to “moderately” rescue his wife from the clutches of a fiendish ravisher.”
“I am in earnest. I will not excuse, I will not equivocate; I will not retreat a single inch….and….I WILL BE HEARD!
And he was heard, and in the fullness of time, with great effusion of blood, in this land at least, human bondage was forever exterminated.
YOU GO, GIRL!!”