As if we weren't proud enough as it was with our rankings for conservative religiosity and teen pregnancy, an article in The Oklahoman covers a study that ranks Oklahoma in the top ten for states where men murder women.
Apparently, though, we had fewer incident this past year than in previous years. Thank heavens for small favors! Louisiana topped this list. (gee, I wonder what we have in common with them from Monday's top ten revelations...)
All of these stats seem to add up to one thing in my mind: we have a dearth of respect for women in this state. Misogynistic religious views carry the day, and consequently, men have their way with women. They don't respect women enough to take simple precautions against pregnancy and they make women objects for abuse on which they take out their (no doubt holy, righteous, and god-fearing) wrath.
Responsible religion would teach everyone about the sanctity of life and empower women as the bearers of life, (the life-source of the planet, our planet's most precious natural resource as Eve Ensler terms them) but instead it stacks the deck in favor of men with male leaders, a male godhead, masculine language and terminology, and misogynistic literature. All this results in these sorts of bloody, if predictable, consequences.
One thing stays constant; in all these top tens, the powerless lose.