(STOCKHOLM, Sweden.) Facts NOT Fiction: #MeToo movement has come under fire after its most prominent target committed suicide: However, an investigation failed to prove accusations against Benny Fredriksson, a leading figure in Stockholm’s art world over ‘ sexual abuse claims ‘ that his wife says hounded him to his death #AceNewsDesk reports

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Here’s what we know so far: Fredriksson was the artistic director of the Swedish capital’s arts and culture center Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, and the husband of Swedish opera superstar Anne Sofie von Otter: Last December, he resigned after anonymous reports surfaced in the media that he had sexually abused employees: On March 17, while he was accompanying his wife on a singing tour of Australia, Fredriksson took his own life:

In an expansive interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, von Otter lashed out at the #MeToo movement and those who had demonized her husband, telling the paper how her husband had spiraled into the “deepest depression.” She accused the movement against sexual harassment of encouraging a mob mentality. “You can break a person,” the internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano, 63, added.

“We all have good and bad sides, but we no longer live in the Middle Ages,” she said. “We do not publicly pillory anyone and spit on or stone him or her.”

Von Otter also said she hoped her husband’s death would be a “rude awakening” for the tabloids that destroyed him.

Some 40 anonymous sources came out of the woodwork to speak to Sweden’s tabloid paper, Aftonbladet, accusing Fredriksson of a multitude of sexual abuse offences in an expose on December 4. The allegations included reports that the 58-year old pressured a woman to have an abortion or lose a role, and made another woman rehearse naked. Another woman claimed that he told her she should work as a freelancer for refusing to accept roles with sex scenes.

Other Swedish tabloids also picked up the story, with the Expressen publishing claims that he was called a “despot” and “a little Hitler.” Accusations against Fredriksson continued on social media until he resigned from his post in December.

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An internal city investigation failed to substantiate the claims. Sweden’s press ombudsman has declined to confirm the existence of an independent review, but Aftonbladet publisher Lena K. Samuelsson has said that her paper’s coverage of the accusations is being examined.

Prominent figures in Sweden’s art and culture community have lashed out over the Fredriksson tragedy, with interim head of the Kulturhuset Stadsteatern Sture Carlsson telling the Irish Times that Fredriksson “abandoned his life’s work abruptly as a result of a boundless media campaign.” He added that “it was both terribly sad and unfair… a big tragedy.”

Prize-winning Swedish novelist Lotta Lundberg said that the #MeToo movement had allowed a witch hunt to be carried out against Fredriksson in a way “that would make any trashy tabloid paper blush.”

In December, only a week after allegations against the 58-year old surfaced, ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ star Noomi Rapace raised concerns about the feminist campaign in the Aftonbladet, pointing out that Sweden’s #MeToo campaign fails to look at the motivation behind accusations made by the women involved. She said that women agree to “play the game,” which she witnessed “in Stockholm early on and I saw it in the film business in LA.”

Sweden’s #MeToo movement has come under fire after its most prominent target committed suicide. However, an investigation failed to prove accusations against Benny Fredriksson, a leading figure in Stockholm’s art world: RT World News: http://bitly.com/2OBaFzU

WWS reported that an investigation by the city of Stockholm, whose results were published after Fredriksson’s death, revealed there was no evidence of sexual abuse

Fredriksson’s death was the tragic and terrible product of the ongoing sexual harassment witch-hunt, spreading within affluent upper middle-class circles from country to country like a plague. Many of the vices of this social layer—selfishness, subjectivism, vindictiveness, professional jealousy and ambition—show themselves in the Fredriksson case.

The Irish Times reported July 27 that last December Aftonbladet “printed anonymous accusations that he [Fredriksson] was a ‘little Hitler’ who bullied and terrorised … The newspaper interviewed 40 people who claimed he had turned the centre into his own personal ‘dictatorship’, forced women to rehearse naked and pressed a woman to either have an abortion or forfeit a role.”………………..None of this was true. In March, the Irish Times pointed to the results of the city investigation, which “found no evidence of sexual misconduct by Fredriksson. On the contrary, the report presented in part on Tuesday said the claims against him—particularly the abortion allegation—were misleading. … Instead it appears Fredriksson expressed regret that an actor would not be able to take on a role as she would be eight months’ pregnant by the premiere.”

The same article revealed that actor “Karina Ericsson Wärn was interviewed by the newspaper but, after she had nothing negative to report, she said she was not included

Another actor told Swedish broadcaster SVT how the Aftonbladet journalist ‘lost interest’ in their interview when no negative stories were forthcoming. ‘This was a mob, they were looking for scandal,’ said Leif Andrée.”

In von Otter’s conversation with Die Zeit, the Washington Post explained, she said “she was in London with the couple’s younger son when the explosive allegations appeared. She said her husband was ‘at a loss’ in responding to the ‘character assassination.’ He quickly resolved to step back from his job, she said.

At first, he was relieved, she said. But depression soon set in. No one would defend him publicly, she said, for fear of being ‘dragged into the muck by the media.’ She said her husband suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder that became acute about three months after the initial shock. She offered to cut her tour short and return to Sweden, she recounted, but he insisted on staying abroad with her in the spring. …

The opera singer fiercely backed her husband’s innocence, saying he was a difficult boss—‘he could yell sometimes,’ she said—but that he was blameless of sexual misconduct. ‘Benny was not a womanizer, he didn’t look at women’s breasts or behinds,’ she protested. She judged that it was unwise for her husband to have stepped down so quickly, a view that he came to share, she said.”

The Post article continued: “When Swedish actresses banded together and complained of abuse, von Otter said, she found much of what they described ‘bad and unacceptable.’ But she also accused the media of exaggerating the charges of lewd conduct, saying ‘pornographic undertones’ became a strategy to attract readers. She said she hoped the case would be a ‘rude awakening’ for newspapers that she said tarred her husband. ‘We all have good and bad sides, but we no longer live in the Middle Ages,’ she said. ‘We do not publicly pillory anyone and spit on or stone him or her.’”

But the #MeToo movement does precisely that. A layer of ambitious professionals, encouraged and sustained by the media and the political establishment, is conducting a ferocious campaign to purge the film, media and entertainment industry of individuals perceived to be blocking their career paths. It doesn’t have the slightest progressive content, and the support offered it by ostensible “left” organizations is even more deplorable. This selfish and authoritarian movement is viewed with dismay by wide layers of the population.

Even within the film world and the intelligentsia, some voices of opposition can be heard. The Irish Times noted in March that prominent Swedish actor Noomi Rapace [The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo] “said her country’s #metoo campaign was problematic for choosing not to talk about the motivations of women making allegations. ‘I am not for sale … but there are a lot of women playing the game and climbing the ladder to their advantage,’ she said. ‘I saw it in Stockholm early on and I saw it in the film business in LA.’”

Prize-winning Swedish novelist Lotta Lundberg argued that the “#metoo campaign had conflated bad behaviour with criminal behaviour … and enabled a witch hunt against Fredriksson ‘that would make any trashy tabloid paper blush’. His suicide, she wrote in the Svenska Dagbladet daily, ‘is what happens when you run your own trials in vulgar and hate-filled social media threads: you hang people’.”

Sweden’s press ombudsman Ola Sigvardsson recently criticized six newspapers for violating “good editorial practices” in ten sexual harassment cases. One of the six was accused of a “gross breach of good editorial practices.” The Press Council singled out for criticism the practice of naming names in cases where there was a lack of evidence.

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#AceNewsReport – July.07: Editor says ‘ I am neither judge or jury l just print and publish the post in this case as it was supplied by the writer ‘ but anytime you have a grievance over social media or others just send me a link and l will read and look at publishing providing it does not just aim to mislead or blatant lies or the truth is withheld: This story began with the furious rallying cry of the #MeToo movement rose late last year and, riding its wave, Brandon Cook took to Facebook to share his own story of a historic sexual assault perpetrated by a powerful man he knew: But in return for overcoming years of shame, denial and suicidal thoughts to speak his truth, social media rewarded him by silencing him………………………The morning after he shared his #MeToo post on Facebook, he woke up to find it had been removed for “violating community standards” and that he’d been banned from the social media site for 30 days…………….It meant he would have to open up online all over again in a Medium post just the next day #AceNewsDesk reports

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(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) Northern California voters on Tuesday recalled a judge from office after he sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault to a short jail sentence instead of prison: Voters opted to oust Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – June.07: The judge was targeted for recall in June 2016 shortly after he sentenced Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a young woman outside a fraternity house on campus. Prosecutors argued for a 7-year prison sentence: Turner is also required to register for life as a sex offender: He was released from jail for good behavior after serving three months. He now lives with his parents near Dayton, Ohio #AceNewsDesk reports


The judge was following a recommendation from the county probation department, and the California Commission on Judicial Performance ruled that he handled the case legally. Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen didn’t appeal the sentence:
Rosen also opposed the recall, though he said the sentence was too lenient.The case sparked a national debate over the criminal justice system’s treatment of sexual assault victims and racial inequities in court.

Persky is white and holds undergraduate degrees from Stanford and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley: Many complained Persky showed too much deference to Turner, a white Stanford scholarship athlete whose parents could afford a private attorney……………Persky declined comment when reached by phone late Tuesday: The election was viewed as one of the first electoral tests of the #MeToo movement’s political clout…………….The victim’s statement read in court before Turner’s sentence was published online and circulated widely on social media. Known as Emily Doe in court, the statement focused a national spotlight on the local recall effort.“You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today,” she read. ………………She also recounted the ordeal of the investigation and Turner’s trial, where she was cross-examined about her drinking habits and sexual experience.“Instead of taking time to heal, I was taking time to recall the night in excruciating detail, in order to prepare for the attorney’s questions that would be invasive, aggressive, and designed to steer me off course, to contradict myself, my sister, phrased in ways to manipulate my answers,” she doesn’t general identify victims of sexual crimes……….Citing judicial ethics, Persky has declined to discuss the case in detail because Turner has appealed………….

But Persky told The Associated Press in an interview that he has no regrets over how he handled the case or his courtroom.Early returns showed Santa Clara County assistant district attorney Cindy Seeley Hendrickson leading in the race to replace the judge: The Associated Press: Report

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(Easter Day) And HE Rose Again From THE DEAD but Now #MeToo WANT to Hijack the Moment that a WOMAN discovered the tomb empty FIRST but Jesus taught US to ‘ Love OUR Neighbour and to be ‘ Humble in the Sight of Our Enemies ‘ so does it really matter whose ‘ Right or Wrong ‘ it s a MIRACLE we should celebrate on this day …..SO God Bless YOU ALL Male or Female and ‘ Happy Easter ‘ Editor

#AceNewsReport – Apr.01 “But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.” — Luke 24:11: The men refused to listen to her story: She was publicly smeared as a whore. And when she emerged as a celebrated advocate, powerful men tried to silence her because she threatened their status: Nevertheless she persisted #AceNewsDesk reports 

A woman, not a man, was the first person to preach an Easter sermon, according to the Bible. A painting shows a resurrected Jesus appearing first to Mary Magdalene.

The woman we’re talking about, though, is not a leader in the #MeToo …….the viral………campaign raising awareness about sexual assault and harassment against women: She is Mary Magdalene, the first person Jesus appeared to after his resurrection, according to the New Testament, and the first person to preach the good news that he had been raised from the dead:

Some of the same behavior that led to the #MeToo movement also shaped the Easter story, some scholars say.

For billions of Christians around the world, Easter Sunday is a celebration of a risen savior. Yet what happened to Mary Magdalene shows that Easter can also be seen as something else — a #MeToo moment, some pastors and biblical scholars say.

They say Easter is also a story about how charismatic female leaders such as Mary Magdalene — and even Jesus himself — were victimized by some of the same behavior that sparked the #MeToo movement: the sexually predatory behavior of men, the intimidation of women and an orchestrated attempt to silence women who drew too much attention when they spoke up.

One of the most obvious links between Easter and #MeToo, some say, is the way Mary Magdalene has been slut-shamed. 

She has been falsely portrayed in books and films as a penitent prostitute rather than what she really was, says Claire L. Sahlin: “The foremost witness of the resurrection and a visionary leader of the early Christian movement.” 

“The #MeToo movement recognizes that men in authority used their power to sexually abuse women and silence their voices,” says Sahlin, an associate dean and professor of multicultural women’s and gender studies at Texas Woman’s University.

“Mary Magdalene also was a victim of men in authority who used their power to silence her voice.”

Mary Magdalene, as played by Anne Bancroft in the film “Jesus of Nazareth,” announces the resurrection to the skeptical disciples. 

Is it possible to see the Easter story through the lens of the #MeToo movement, or are some pastors and theologians twisting the central story of Christianity to fit a “feminist ideology”? 

One New Testament scholar captured the tension between interpreting the Bible and seeing it through a modern lens when he wrote about a push to make biblical translations more gender-inclusive.

“Should we refrain from calling God our Father because some people have had sinful, oppressive fathers?” asked Vern S. Poythress, a professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.

“Should we stop using ‘He’ to refer to God because some people will think that God is literally of the male sex? If we allow these concessions, will not others enter from the wings, seducing us into an indefinite series of mollifications of the Bible for the sake of not ‘unnecessarily’ offending modern readers?”

Others scholars, though, say they’re not inventing scripture. They point to numerous passages in the Easter story and throughout the New Testament as evidence of four ways they say Easter became a #MeToo moment:

The men didn’t listen to ‘hysterical’ women

Credible witnesses — it’s what the resurrection stories hinge on, and it’s what the #MeToo movement needed to gain traction. In both cases, women are delivering shocking revelations to a skeptical public. The Apostle Paul captured this challenge when he used the Greek word for scandal — skandalon — to describe how the Easter message must have sounded to non-Christians. 

And like many scandals, people have trouble believing the women, some biblical scholars say.

They were the last at the cross and the first to get the good news 

Author Karla D. Zazueta on the role women played in the Easter stories

Skepticism of women was literally enshrined in the law; a woman’s testimony didn’t count in a Jewish court during Jesus’ time, scholars say.

“In the ancient world, women were thought to be credulous and gullible, especially in religious matters,” says Richard Bauckham, a theologian and author of “Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony.” 

“In the second century, the pagan intellectual Celsus, who wrote a book against Christianity, says of the resurrection: ‘Who saw him — Just a poor fisherman and a hysterical woman.’ “

This sexist subtext can even be seen in the biblical accounts of Jesus’ resurrection, since the traditional Easter story is told in the Gospels through the eyes of men.

If Easter were an action movie, the men would have the juiciest parts. There’s the crafty villain Judas, who betrayed Jesus for a payday; the blustering Peter, whose bravado quickly melted when Jesus got arrested; and “Doubting Thomas,” who spoke for so many when he said he needed proof before he believed.

But a closer look shows that women are the real action “sheroes,” some pastors and scholars say.

They were the ones who stood by a tormented Jesus hanging on a cross when the men had long fled in fear. And they were the ones Jesus first appeared to, not the men, all four Gospel accounts say.

“They were the last at the cross and the first to get the good news,” says Karla D. Zazueta, a discipleship leader at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, and a contributor to an anthology entitled, “Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible.”

People tend to overlook the women in the New Testament, scholars say. In this painting, women help prepare Jesus’ body for burial.

Yet they were the last ones the men believed, the Gospels make clear.

The Gospel accounts show that the men initially ignored the women’s declaration of a risen Jesus because, according to the Gospel of Luke, “their words seemed like nonsense.”

Some of the stories even take on the undertone of dark comedy.

The women tell a meeting of the disciples that Jesus has risen and the men ignore them. Men make the same declaration later and they are literally worshipped as saints.

Jesus, though, didn’t have a problem sharing the stage with women, according to New Testament accounts. 

The Gospels are full of Jesus treating women in a way that would have scandalized his contemporaries. They were his travel companions and primary financial backers. Consider an obscure passage in Luke 8:1-4. It says Jesus and his 12 disciples were accompanied by women: Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna “and many others.”

“These women were helping to support them out of their own means,” Luke says of the women.

A rabbi who traveled with and treated women as spiritual equals was unusual for a time when they were treated like second-class citizens, says Zazueta. 

“He had a traveling seminary and he mentored women just as closely as his male disciples,” she says. “They were worthy of discipleship. You have this picture of Jesus traveling with a coed seminary that was supported by females with men and women learning and working together. He wasn’t following the rules of his time.”

The Easter story itself doesn’t follow the rules of its time, Zazueta says. The Gospels make women the most important witnesses to the resurrection at a time when women were literally and legally ignored.

“It’s a huge deal because it also gives credibility to the Gospel narrative,” Zazueta says. “No one who invented such a story would have invented a woman as a witness.”

They pushed women into the shadows

Here’s another peculiar feature of the Easter stories: They name many of the women who found the empty tomb of Jesus. In addition to Mary Magdalene, they name Joanna; Salome; Mary, the mother of James; “and the others with them.”

Naming women isn’t a feature of the New Testament, says Sahlin, the Texas Woman’s University professor.

“Women’s roles have been downplayed in the New Testament,” she says. “When women are mentioned, they are often not named.”

In the film “Jesus of Nazareth,” Jesus, played by Robert Powell, appears to the disciples after his resurrection. 

Consider some of the most famous New Testament stories. We know the names of many of the men Jesus encountered during his itinerant ministry: Zacchaeus, the diminutive tax collector; Jairus, the heartbroken synagogue ruler; and Nicodemus, the inquisitive Pharisee. 

But the Gospels name virtually none of the women Jesus encountered. They are instead identified by descriptions such as “the woman with the issue of blood,” “the Samaritan women at the well” and the “woman caught in adultery.” 

What does this have to do with the #MeToo movement?

One of the difficulties some women face when they come forward today is their tormentors have names, but they don’t. Many of them suffered in silence for years because their tormentors had name recognition and wealth. And some of those men used that imbalance of power to intimidate the women into silence.

Some men in contemporary churches are accused of similar behavior. Andy Savage resigned from his Memphis megachurch this year after revealing he had assaulted a teenage girl in his youth group decades ago. Rob Porter, a Mormon, resigned as a top aide to President Trump after two ex-wives accused him of abusing them. The incidents left many churches wondering whether they needed a #MeToo movement as well.

The early church fathers used an imbalance of power to silence the women of Easter and other charismatic women in the New Testament, some biblical scholars say.

“When the New Testament was edited and canonized, women’s voices like Mary Magdalene were suppressed,” Sahlin says. “The New Testament, however, offers clues to women’s leadership roles. Women served as prophets, benefactors and as missionaries in the early Christian movement.”

Christians often hear sermons about prominent men in the New Testament: the Twelve Apostles, Stephen the martyr, men such as Barnabas and Timothy who risked their lives alongside the Apostle Paul. But how many people have heard sermons about female leaders in the early church such as Priscilla, a teacher of the Gospel who was so dynamic that her name was often listed before her husband’s when they were mentioned?

Or how many people know about Phoebe, whom the Apostle Paul describes in Romans 16:1-2 as a “deacon” in the early church and a “benefactor of many people, including me,” according to some biblical translations?

And why do people continue saying there were 12 male Apostles when Paul himself says in Romans 16:7 that “Junia,” a woman, is an Apostle, asks Bauckham, author of “Jesus and the Eyewitnesses.”

The #MeToo movement recognizes that men in authority used their power to sexually abuse women and silence their voices. Mary Magdalene also was a victim of men in authority who used their power to silence her voice.

Claire L. Sahlin, a professor at Texas Woman’s University

“Paul has no problem calling her that,” Bauckham says. “In the passage, Paul says of Junia that she was ‘outstanding among the Apostles'” and was “in Christ before I was.”

But how can that Paul — who celebrated women as Apostles and declared in Galatians 3:28 that there is neither “male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” — be reconciled with the Paul who says in other parts of the New Testament that “women should remain silent in churches” and that if they had a question “they should ask their own husbands at home”?

That’s because they’re not the same Paul, says John Dominic Crossan, a New Testament scholar and co-author with his wife, Sarah Crossan, of “Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision.”

Most biblical scholars don’t think Paul actually wrote all the letters attributed to him in the New Testament, Crossan says. Some New Testament passages in which Paul denigrates women were actually inserted later by male church leaders threatened by Paul’s radically inclusive vision, Crossan says.

Scholars can make that determination because the theology and writing style is so markedly different in some of Paul’s New Testament letters, Crossan says.

“It’s like someone producing a letter by someone saying that MLK said, ‘If this nonviolent thing doesn’t work, we can go for the guns,'” Crossan says.

This pattern of powerful men erasing the names and voices of women caused the early Christian church to retreat from the powerful witness of many charismatic female leaders, Sahlin says.

“Sociologists tell us that when new religious movements start, women and others who may be marginalized in society often assume new leadership roles,” she says. “But as the religious movement becomes more institutionalized, women tend to fall back or are pushed back into the shadows.”

Discrediting women by calling them bad girls

In the #MeToo movement, some women are ignored, others are pushed into the shadows and still others are discredited as loose women who are the source of their own folly.

Mary Magdalene suffered all three treatments, some scholars say — including a smear campaign that has lasted nearly 2,000 years. 

Most people know her as a reformed harlot. That’s how she’s been portrayed over the centuries in books and sermons, and in movies like “Jesus of Nazareth,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and more recently, “Risen.”

Female followers displayed more courage than men when Jesus was crucified, according to biblical accounts. In “The Passion of Christ,” Mary Magdalene watches Jesus die on the cross.

But Mary Magdalene was never once described as a prostitute when mentioned in the Bible. She is instead portrayed as one of Jesus’ most steadfast disciples, someone who financially supported him and was called the “Apostle to the Apostles” by early church leaders because she brought the news of Jesus’ resurrection to the 12 disciples. 

Bauckham points to the resurrection story in John 20:18, when Mary Magdalene says, “I have seen the Lord!”

“What Mary says — ‘I have seen the Lord!’– is exactly what Paul says when he claims to be an Apostle: ‘Am I not an Apostle? Have I not seen the Lord?’ ”he says. “I think it means that Mary Magdalene was regarded in the early Christian movement as an Apostle.” 

Mary Magdalene’s spiritual authority, though, was gradually downplayed. By the fourth century, Gnostic texts depicting her spiritual leadership were deemed heretical and excluded from the New Testament canon, says Sahlin. 

One of those heretical texts, The Gospel of Mary, portrays her as possessing deeper insight than the Apostle Peter. Whether the Gospel is historically accurate or not, it reveals tension over the role of women in the early Christian movement, Sahlin says.

“We can read it as a historical witness to an actual conflict over women’s leadership in early Christianity,” she says. “We see in the texts Peter questioning Mary’s authority.”

Mary’s spiritual authority in the early church was further eroded in 591 when a powerful Pope depicted her as a reformed harlot. 

Even in the well-regarded film, “Jesus of Nazareth,” Mary Magdalene is portrayed as a fallen woman seeking Jesus’ forgiveness. It’s a lie that won’t die.

The writer James Carroll memorably described this ancient version of slut-shaming in a 2006 essay in Smithsonian magazine titled, “Who was Mary Magdalene?”

He recounts how Pope Gregory preached a series of sermons in which he described Mary Magdalene as a woman who used to “perfume her flesh in forbidden acts” and turned the “mass of her crimes to virtues.” 

Gregory apparently confused and merged different women in the Gospels into the figure of Mary Magdalene, but his distorted picture took hold for centuries, Carroll says.

Citing a book by Susan Haskins, “Mary Magdalen: Myth and Metaphor,” Carroll wrote:

“Thus Mary of Magdala, who began as a powerful woman at Jesus’ side, ‘became,’ in Haskins’ summary, ‘the redeemed whore and Christianity’s model of repentance, a manageable, controllable figure, and effective weapon and instrument of propaganda against her own sex.'”

The intensity of the smear campaign against Mary Magdalene is revealing, says Crossan.

“The nasty things said about her is proof that she’s important,” Crossan says. “You don’t bother in a patriarchal society to criticize women who are ‘in their place.’ The very fact that you have to do a hit job on her proves to me that she’s not a little member of the serving staff.”

Using sexual humiliation as a weapon

It is perhaps the most difficult comparison between Easter Sunday and the #MeToo movement — what one scholar calls the sexual humiliation of Jesus.

The sexual humiliation of women is an integral part of what led to the #MeToo movement. Tales of women trapped alone with powerful men who forced them into sexually degrading acts are some of the most painful stories to hear.

Some of those same dynamics can be seen in the crucifixion of Jesus, says David Tombs, a theologian and professor at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

As brutal as Mel Gibson’s depiction was, even it didn’t show one aspect of death on the cross the Romans employed, one scholar says: sexual humiliation.

Tombs points to a grim detail about Jesus’ death that most people avoid — he was most likely naked when he died on the cross, not covered with a loincloth.

The Gospel accounts make that clear, he says. They describe Jesus as being stripped and exposed naked. In Matthew 27, the writer suggests Jesus is stripped three times. The same description is found in Mark 15. Jesus’ nakedness is perhaps clearest in John 19, which depicts soldiers taking Jesus’ undergarments to divide among themselves.

The Romans normally took away all the clothing of crucifixion victims, says Tombs.

“The biblical texts offer no suggestion that this was not also the case for Jesus,” Tombs says. “We don’t have photos of the crucifixion so we cannot tell with absolute certainty, but most scholars would say that Jesus was naked.”

Dwelling on Jesus’ nakedness would be inappropriate at any other time of the year, he says, but during Easter it’s important to know why the Romans stripped their victims.

“Exposing a prisoner was a powerful way to shame and stigmatize a male prisoner,” Tombs says. “It was an effective way to attack his identity as a male. It humiliated and undermined his sense of self.” 

The practice of sexually humiliating prisoners or condemned people wasn’t confined to biblical times, Tombs says. It happens today. He cites the infamous photos of naked Iraqi prisoners stacked on top of one another like a pyramid by US soldiers in the Abu Ghraib prison. 

Jesus’ nudity was not incidental, Tombs says: It was sexual humiliation.

In a paper titled, “Crucifixion, State Terror and Sexual Abuse,” he explained why:

“In a patriarchal society in which men competed against each other to display virility in terms of sexual power over others, the public display of the naked victim by the ‘victors’ in front of onlookers and passers-by carries the message of sexual domination. 

“The cross held up the victim for display as someone who had been — at least metaphorically — emasculated.” 

While the idea of seeing Jesus as a victim of sexual humiliation is “deeply distressing” to many Christians, Tombs says, it’s important at least during Easter to remember the historical reality.

Doing so could even deepen the meaning of the Easter message, he says.

Classic images of the crucifixion often show Jesus wearing a loincloth. But the reality was probably different, one scholar says.

It would show a God who could identify with victims of sexual abuse and torture. It would reveal a God “who is in real solidarity with the powerless and suffers the worst evils of the world.”

“This is not just a matter of correcting the historical record,” Tombs says. “If Jesus is named as a victim of sexual abuse, it could make a huge difference to how the churches engage with movements like #MeToo and how they promote change in wider society.” 

If linking the Easter story with the #MeToo movement is offensive and bewildering to some, perhaps that is fitting. The Easter stories in the Gospels have a jarring, unexpected quality about them as well. Some end abruptly; in others, Jesus appears next to disciples who somehow can’t recognize him. One ends with two men saying their hearts “were burning within” after talking to the risen Jesus.

The stories are enigmatic and elusive. They continue to yield surprises even 2,000 years later. They are, in some ways, much like the figure of Jesus himself.

Be humble not Right …. Ian X ❤️🌹🐇

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) Democratic Assemblywoman & #MeToo Leader Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens has been accused of sexual misconduct says she’s taking a voluntary, unpaid leave of absence while the claim of a groping allegation in 2014 is investigated #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Feb.09: Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens announced her leave on Friday, a day after the allegation became public. Daniel Fierro, a former staff member for another lawmaker, says Garcia groped him in 2014 after a legislative softball game: Garcia says she is “certain” she did not engage in such behaviour #AceNewsDesk reports

Bell Gardens Assemblywoman, #MeToo Leader To Take Unpaid Leave After Groping Allegation // CBS Los AngelesUpon reflection of the details alleged, I am certain I did not engage in the behaviour I am accused of,” Garcia said. “However, as I’ve said before, any claims about sexual harassment must be taken seriously, and I believe elected officials should be held to a higher standard of accountability.”

Garcia said taking the unpaid leave allows her “not to serve as a distraction or in any way influence the process of this investigation.”……………..Garcia has been a vocal leader of the #MeToo movement that’s prompted two California lawmakers to resign and put another on suspension: She says she’s taking a leave of absence to avoid distraction and any appearance of influence over the investigation. Fierro declined to comment on Garcia’s decision.

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