Sunday, March 04, 2018

Sunday Sermon: Me Too && TimesUp

Ah Christianity.  Maybe Christian societies dominated by Men  (and that is every single one, but I do invite you to prove me wrong) discourage women from studying the bible too hard.

After all they might just read passages like this ...

Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to enquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.

1 Corinthians 14:34-35

Now I want you to realise that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonours his head. And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonours her head - it is just as though her head were shaved. If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head. A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man.
1 Corinthians 11:3-7

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
Colossians 3:18:

The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
Deuteronomy 22:5:

Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes.
Genesis 19:8:

And whosoever lieth carnally with a woman, that is a bondmaid, betrothed to an husband, and not at all redeemed, nor freedom given her; she shall be scourged; they shall not be put to death, because she was not free.
Leviticus 19:20:

A Quandry and Some Possibilities

It always baffles me how any woman could sign up to a Religion which  tells them that to some extent a man is superior in status to them, I mean precisely therefore, a Holy Book that says the Woman is inferior.    Let's enumerate

01 The Woman is Inferior and the Bible (in this case) is just relating a truth

02 The Woman is of equal status, capability and worth as a man and therefore the Bible is mistaken

03 A woman is in fact more capable than a man and the Bible is mistaken

Ah, Science Again
Science takes experimental data, posits a theory, and then sees if that data supports the theory.  And note, a single repeatable test case can falsify a theory.

So when I look at the capabilities of men and women I don't find them inferior.  And so the writings laid down in the Bible or any other Holy book that discriminate against them, they are wrong to me.

I will just briefly touch on Apologetics which in 2018 et al is the defence of Religion by means of verbal and written gymnastics. A common defence might be:  Well in the original language  (that conveniently you cannot read or understand)  this terrible English translation means something totally different in the original language X.

Apologetics starts out with the conclusion, say expressed in the Bible and works backwards to try and show you that since it is by definition 'the perfect word relayed from God' it is in fact your understanding that must change.  It's basically the complete antithesis of the Scientific method.

#MeToo  #TimesUp
My writings should be seen by women in the face of movements like 

Me Too movement  #MeToo
Time's Up movement #TimesUp

I venture that these movements should expand or create a similar one to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of female discrimination within a Religious Text

And Finally
Oh,  I wrote this from a Christian Perspective.    Just don't even get me started with Islam, I did not have enough space for their examples section here :-(