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15. "The title of handmaid was adopted by People of Praise in reference to
Mon Sep 6, 2021, 10:07 AM
Sep 2021

the biblical description of Mary as “the handmaid of the Lord,” according to the group.

Former members including Art Wang, a member from the late 1980s until 2015, told The Post that handmaids, now known as “women leaders,” give advice to other women on issues such as child rearing and marriage."


People of Praise are Coney Barrett's group. A different one, People of Hope, is still more extreme.

...when Margaret Atwood explained her Handmaid’s Tale inspirations to the New York Times in 1987, she described one of them as “a Catholic charismatic spinoff sect, which calls the women handmaids.” Atwood did not at the time name the sect, ...

Asked about her inspiration for The Handmaid’s Tale by Politico as the controversy heated up, Atwood said she wasn’t sure which group she was talking about in 1987. Her archive of work and research is at the University of Toronto, where she can’t currently access it due to Covid-19 restrictions. But she’s on the record as going through her Handmaid’s Tale archives for journalists plenty of times in the past, and during those interviews, she’s always cited People of Hope, a different Catholic charismatic spinoff that calls women handmaids.

Specifically, People of Hope is a fundamentalist group in New Jersey that some former members have said behaves like a cult and which has allegedly arranged marriages between teenagers. The People of Hope call wives “handmaids,”...

... Atwood was drawing from the cultural norms of lots of different North American charismatic Christian groups at the time, including harmless ones. The reason there’s so much confusion about exactly where she took the word handmaid from is that handmaid is the kind of word a lot of North American charismatic Christian groups were into in 1984: suggestive of purity, duty, and feminine obedience to divine will. (Me:
Biblical roles for women.) Again, that does not mean these groups were practicing sexual slavery. It means they were working with a very specific vocabulary, and the way Atwood made her dystopia feel real was by skillfully mimicking them.


Good article on "handmaid." Not to be mistaken for a defense of her. She doesn't belong on our high court, I believe for many very serious reasons.
Amy Coney Barrett is not a handmaid [View all] boston bean Sep 2021 OP
Except for the time when she served as what is known as a handmaid in People of Praise. WhiskeyGrinder Sep 2021 #1
She was still an elite in that organization, she was a founder's daughter. haele Sep 2021 #16
Thank you. Sounds like a more highly successful version of Tulsi Gabbard. Do you have some links? Hekate Sep 2021 #35
She was in a religious group Elessar Zappa Sep 2021 #2
I do recall that, but I think people are confusing it with Handmaids Tale. boston bean Sep 2021 #3
Could be... but HT is fiction FBaggins Sep 2021 #6
The author of the Handmaid's tale was aware of Catholic cults and adopted the term for her novel. nt pnwmom Sep 2021 #18
"The title of handmaid was adopted by People of Praise in reference to Hortensis Sep 2021 #15
Thank you for the information. boston bean Sep 2021 #20
Thank you, Hortensis Hekate Sep 2021 #36
She is a member of the People of Praise mnhtnbb Sep 2021 #17
Yep. I remember that article... paleotn Sep 2021 #25
More people are familiar with the series than Phoney Barrett's church/cult affiliation FoxNewsSucks Sep 2021 #28
The description of closeness and wnylib Sep 2021 #30
She may be a fanatic & fanatics have no place in American government. rickyhall Sep 2021 #4
She may be a fanatic & fanatics have no place in American jurisprudence... Wounded Bear Sep 2021 #7
She knows she's above the law. She's not gonna be subject to her own rulings. Walleye Sep 2021 #5
They haven't ruled yet. It's still going through the courts jimfields33 Sep 2021 #9
She's more like an Aunt Lydia. Nt onlyadream Sep 2021 #8
Yes. radical noodle Sep 2021 #23
The difference is that onlyadream Sep 2021 #38
Also, mapping the HT universe onto current events erases the reality of a lot of people who aren't WhiskeyGrinder Sep 2021 #10
Can you explain what you mean? radical noodle Sep 2021 #29
THT focuses on the experience of white women and posits a dystopian future, WhiskeyGrinder Sep 2021 #32
Thank you... radical noodle Sep 2021 #33
If she votes the wrong way, Beer Bong Boy will cut her finger off. milestogo Sep 2021 #11
I didn't want to laugh at that, but I did! boston bean Sep 2021 #13
She's a conservative Irish-Catholic extremist. Progressive Jones Sep 2021 #12
She should be impeached turbinetree Sep 2021 #14
All three justices Trump appointed should be, for different reasons. CrispyQ Sep 2021 #19
While I'd Like To See Her Gone... GB_RN Sep 2021 #22
It's not just MF45's corrupt appointments, FoxNewsSucks Sep 2021 #26
While wives and aunts did have certain privilages... paleotn Sep 2021 #21
True. But when it comes to forced rape pregnancy of a handmaid, she is the enforcer of rape and boston bean Sep 2021 #24
Serena certainly found that out. FoxNewsSucks Sep 2021 #27
Season 4 radical noodle Sep 2021 #31
Thank you....been trying to explain that here and to others saying that in conversations Pachamama Sep 2021 #34
Good point. It's a reference to Amy's religious upbringing, tho now she's all grown up & in position Hekate Sep 2021 #37
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