Friday, December 17, 2010

Protestant Misogyny

This article which I found on a friend's facebook page is a puree of mysoginy and desparate longing for the good old days when men were men, women were pregnant and children followed their father's orders.

The long and short of it is that in a Swiss study they found that children are more likely to follow their father's religion than mother's. The author then proceeds to wax lyrical about how this validates biblical values (men as head of everything) and undermines feminism (and female ministers).

My favorite bit?

"The absentee father, whoever’s “fault” the divorce was and however faithful he might be to his church, is unlikely to spend the brief permitted weekend “quality” time with his child in church. A young lad in my congregation had to choose between his loyalty to the faith and spending Sunday with Dad, now 40 miles away, fishing or playing soccer. Some choice for a lad of eleven: earthly father versus heavenly Father, with all the crossed ties of love and loyalties that choice involves. With that agonizing maturity forced on children by our “failures,” he reasoned that his heavenly Father would understand his absence better than his dad."

Obviously, the boy would have been better with invisible Daddy than with real Daddy.

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