Did you read the article “Should the West Ban the Burqa? bv Phyllis Chesler this past week? The burqa is a head to toe covering worn by Muslim women due to severe restrictions on the way they dress. No hair, no body, no face is to be shown in public.
They claim that their Muslim women are sacred and should not be exposed to corrupting Western, secular mores. It wasn’t always that way. For part of all of the 20th century, many women in Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Afghanistan stopped wearing the veil and wore western dress. But the radical conservatives won them over and the women lost themselves in a full-body covering.
Did you see the bigoted Westboro Baptist Church that disrupts our soldier’s funerals with hate signs? Did you notice that in their so-called church services, the women wear a head covering of some kind? The men wear no identifying covering.
Did you read the comment at the bottom of the last post: “I have noticed the slow reversal from what seemed like freedom for women in these denominations (Pentecostal) to a more restrictive stance. You would think the mentality of being free to move as the Spirit moves would be a continuum (esp. in pentecostal chruches) But, the Spirit that I seen flow in my youth has become nothing more that a trickle. The gift of Prophesy bestowed upon women was never negated (at least in the churches I attended) but leadership positions sure were.” I don’t know about this lady, but the Pentecostal women I know wear extra long denim skirts and their hair piled high on their head. Yes, even today.
The women always end up being the standard bearers of their denomination. Baptists are just as guilty of that as the other denominations, and is shown by their refusal to remove all barriers to women serving equally.
Have you read “Quiverfull, Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement” by Kathryn Joyce? Below is some quotes from that book. Read the book and you’ll know why I write.
The inside jacket cover of Quiverfull says this: “The Biblical woman wears modest, feminine dress and avoids not only sex but also dating before marriage. She doesn’t speak in church, or try to have authority over men. She doesn’t work outside the home, but within it she is its tireless center. She is a submissive wife who bolsters her husband in his role as spiritual and earthly leader of the family. She understands that it’s her job to keep him sexually satisfied at all times, and that it’s her calling as a woman to let those relations result in as many children as God wants to bless her with…Here, in direct and conscious opposition to feminist calls for gender equality and marriage equity, women live within stringently enforced doctrines of wifely submission and male headship.”
On page 13, “John Piper and Wayne Grudem, both Reformed Baptist preachers and theologians, are leading members of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood (CMBW), and organization funded in 1987 with the goal of fighting feminist or egalitarian influences in the evangelical church. ..The Council, which today spreads its message through the 16,000,000 Southern Baptist Convention.” Their word is the bible at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX which adopted the Danvers Statement in October 2009.
How can I not write? Won’t you join me in this battle for women’s equality?