Secularism allows women to break silence -- Elizabeth Mannering

December 29, 2017

Regarding the Dec. 13 letter to the editor about secular liberalism, ” Liberal society warps men’s minds,” the writers provided a list of factors they believe lead to sexual harassment. But they failed to mention the abuse and commodification of women has always existed. It is well-documented in religious texts, such as the Bible.

The #MeToo movement, an offshoot of feminism, is empowering women all over the world to speak out against harassment. Without a liberal secular culture, women would continue to be silenced. I applaud the revolutionary and forward-thinking individuals leading the charge against the patriarchal values that have historically kept women barefoot, pregnant and abused.

Thank goodness for secular liberalism.

Elizabeth Mannering, Madison