Saturday, July 19, 2008

Well, she was asking for it...

Yeah, that's the tenor of this piece, here. Via

One reason that men abuse their wives is because women rebel against their husband's God-given authority, a Southern Baptist scholar said Sunday in a Texas church.
That, and she doesn't know when to keep her goddamn mouth shut.

I understand that men still feel this way (I understand that there are men like that, I don't understand the men): that women are inferior and you're just doing your job if you slap her back into line, but I don't understand how men can think that other people will put up with you saying out loud.
Bruce Ware, professor of Christian theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., said women desire to have their own way instead of submitting to their husbands because of sin.

"And husbands on their parts, because they're sinners, now respond to that threat to their authority either by being abusive, which is of course one of the ways men can respond when their authority is challenged--or, more commonly, to become passive, acquiescent, and simply not asserting the leadership they ought to as men in their homes and in churches," Ware said from the pulpit of Denton Bible Church in Denton, Texas.
Now isn't this guy charming? It's not the fault of the men it's the women. Or Adam, and by extension, God.

It's just another way that religion can be twisted to justify any sick thing you'd like.
Commenting on selected passages from the first three chapters of Genesis, Ware said Eve's curse in the Garden of Eden meant "her desire will be to have her way" instead of her obeying her husband, "because she's a sinner.

"What that means to the man, Ware said, is: "He will have to rule, and because he's a sinner, this can happen in one of two ways. It can happen either through ruling that is abusive and oppressive--and of course we all know the horrors of that and the ugliness of that--but here's the other way in which he can respond when his authority is threatened. He can acquiesce. He can become passive. He can give up any responsibility that he thought he had to the leader in the relationship and just say 'OK dear,' 'Whatever you say dear,' 'Fine dear' and become a passive husband, because of sin."
I apologise for the lateness of this post. It was the weekend, and I got distracted. On the bright side, I saw Hamlet at Stratford yesterday. Very good.

1 comment:

Laura Muse said...

here here, to your standing argument.