***The description of the church places the source of InI elders' wisdom in England of all places, and in European institutions of mis-education. The implication for I when I read your post, was that InI were lost and then British immigration policy and European academia saved us.***
We have Rastafari elders from all over the globe. We can not be bias due to one Rasta being from Europe, and another from the states. We all hail Emperor Haile Selassie I. No tribal wars with InI.
***The suggestion to I is that women's importance is based on the role of an important woman, the Queen of Sheba, in establishing the Solomonic dynasty. I feel that the importance of womenn extends much farther and wider than one woman's choice of partner, no disrespect intended.***
No disrespect taken sistren. That is why there are many mansions in Rastafari. SOme women want to climb the feminist ladder of an illusion of the American dream. Others find their purpose in being stay at home moms. No position is more noble than the other. One must do what is best for themselves and their family. Only you can define that for yourself.
***I also disagree that ***The continuity of the religious faith of the Rastafarians could not survive the 21st Century without a centralized***
That was a direct order from the emperor. Are you suggesting that Rastas should disobey the King of Kings and not organize, centralize, and do the work?
***Why would ones genuinely think that Rastafari will not survive the 21st without centralized way of worship? In fact, Rastafari has outlasted MANY, many other liberation and theological movements of the first half of the 20th century BECAUSE of the lack of centralization.***
The very Muslim women that you claim to identify with, have centalized under Elijah Muhammed. Yet you must not agree with their centralization either right?
Sister, nobody claimed that the rough draft will be perfect. But I am glad that our brothers put together an organized effort to relieve some of the persecution that SOME rastas feel in the work place, and the stigma that follows rasta children at school. If your family have dodged persecution, then I thank JAH for that. But not all share your blessing.
JAH Bless the I
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