Sur­veyfinds gen­der­bias

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

JEWS ARE far more likely than Chris­tians or Mus­lims in the UK to be­lieve that reli­gions, in­clud­ing their own, dis­crim­i­nate against women.

Seventy-three per cent of Jews feel that faiths are dis­crim­i­na­tory, com­pared with 50 per cent of Chris­tians and 29 per cent of Mus­lims, ac­cord­ing to a new poll by Pop­u­lus.

Just over half of Jews, 51 per cent, think of God as male, with 47 per cent agree­ing with the idea that it is right to think of God as “He”. But among a ran­dom sam­ple of 1,050 adults, only 25 per cent of Mus­lims think it right to call God “He”, com­pared with 53 per cent of Chris­tians.

The sur­vey was con­ducted on be­half of the Re­form move­ment ahead of the pub­li­ca­tion of Forms of Prayer, the move­ment’s first new sid­dur for 30 years. It at­tempts to bridge the gen­der di­vide by avoid­ing male ter­mi­nol­ogy for God. For ex­am­ple, the tra­di­tional for­mula for bless­ings, “Lord, Our God, King of the Uni­verse”, be­comes: “Our Liv­ing God, Sov­er­eign of the Uni­verse”. Edited by Rabbi Dr Jonathan Magonet, emer­i­tus pro­fes­sor at Leo Baeck Col­lege, it refers to the ma­tri­archs as well as to the pa­tri­archs.

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