Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Meanwhile, among the U.S. Dominionists

Jesus' General linked to a blog post by a woman who certainly has strong opinions for a graciously submitting wife:

As a citizen of the US, I have a right to vote. However, I do not exercise this right, because I believe that based on the Bible, it is wrong for women to vote.

Now, I am not trying to convince any other ladies of my beliefs. I simply wanted to share some Bible verses of why I believe what I believe, because I have been asked about it repeatedly.

1Timothy 2:12 - But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

Based on the Bible, it is wrong for women to exercise authority over men. However, women voting can lead to a passing of laws that the majority of men would oppose. One example of this is abortion - more than 50% of men are against it, but more than 50% of women are for it, which is why it is legal.

Most anyone would agree that in a democratic republic such as the US, the voting citizens are the final authority, not some monarch or ruling class (at least in theory). Hence, I do not wish to be part of the voting pool, because I do not believe it is right for women to be in charge.
Why do I even bother writing about a post like this full of factual errors and poor research of the Bible? For the simple reason of that second sentence:

However, I do not exercise this right, because I believe that based on the Bible, it is wrong for women to vote.
Note that she doesn't qualify her statement about the wrongness of women voting. It's not Dominionist women she talks about or even Christian women. It's all women. That I vote is wrong. That you vote (should you happen to be female) is wrong. And so on.

So what she argues here is directed at all the billions of us wimminfolk. Her interpretation of a statement taken from her interpretation of what a Bible is leads her to that conclusion*.

It also leads her to conclude that women (once again, not just women who share her religious beliefs but ALL women) shouldn't exercise authority over men. Because someone called Timothy Paul said so hundreds of years ago. Now that makes mothering pretty difficult. Your one-year old son must exert authority over you, his mother, for example (Timothy Paul does not specify ages, after all). And even kindergarten teachers for boys cannot be women.

The above post is a good example of how absolute patriarchy works and so are many of the comments to it. Some of them argue that women should not vote or work outside the home or ever teach men (gasp!), and should their husbands force them to vote they should vote exactly as he decrees. All this based on a particular Biblical worldview.

Does this sound familiar? It is what Osama bin Laden supports and a general thread in most fundamentalist religions: A certain kind of slavery which only appears voluntary. It's not truly voluntary, however, because it is based on the alternative threat of an eternity spent in hell. Literally.

*Yes, I know that sounds complicated but the phrasing is necessary because she does interpret the text in one particular way and she also applies one particular interpretation to the Bible itself: That it is the literal word of God. But then she contradicts herself by concluding what the Bible might say about women voting on the basis of an unrelated snippet of text. So either the Bible is the literal word of God (in which case women surely can vote as the Bible says nothing about women who vote) or it lends itself to interpretations which place it to a particular time and place and written by a particular group of humans, mostly men.