It is not just in the church that women are unequal. It has it roots in religion, but whose religion? Complementarians don’t see the connection between what they teach and how women are treated across the world. Somehow saying “the Bible says so” makes their boundaries okay. But Christian boundaries are just as demeaning to women as the boundaries non-Christians have set for females.
Take travel, for instance. Look at these places where women can’t travel to or do:
Mount Athos, Greece – a centuries old belief is that the presence of females inhibits the spiritual enlightenment paths of monks living there.
Saudia Arabia – women traveling alone cannot visit Saudia Arabia. If by any chance a woman does travel there, she must be accompanied by a male relative.
Haji Ali Dargah Shrine, Mumbai, India – the most sacred area, called the sanctum sanctorum, is barred to women. Authorities claim it is un-Islamic under Sharia Law for women to visit graves.
Hindu temples in India and Bali, Indonesia bans women during a woman’s time of the month. How they know is anybody’s guess. They actually post signs saying that menstruating women cannot enter to worship. Of course this is also the reason that the early day Catholics decided women could not serve the bread during communion.
Mont Omine, Japine – women are not allowed to visit because women pose a distraction for the religious pilgrims who should be engaged in strict self-denial while on this mountain. (They not only deny themselves, but deny women).
Galaxy water park, Bavaria, Germany – they banned women because the high-speed slides were determined to cause “intimate injuries.” However, there is no medical condition other than pregnancy that should prevent women from using such a slide.
Let’s add one more to this list of places where women are not welcome:
Wooden pulpit inside a church closed to women – except to vacuum behind, of course. Ergun Caner* was the dean at the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School of Liberty University when he was asked: “Dr. Caner, do you believe in women behind the pulpit? My answer is well, yeah, of course, how are they going to vacuum back there unless they get behind it….[laughter, and hoots and hollers]…..and that’s going to be in half of your pulpits next Sunday. FEEL FREE!!! I LOVE THAT LINE!! But you know one line like that shuts it all up, ’cause they’re not going to talk about it, and they’re not going to talk to you for a while, which is good, which is good.”*Caner was let go from Liberty because of the controversy about the truth of his Muslim past (it became apparent he was lying) and not because of his views on women. He is now professor of religion at Arlington Bible College.
If you are tired of women being bound by here they cannot go, especially where they cannot go in church, will you join us? We need and welcome your voice.