A Christian clergyman in Great Britain has started a brouhaha by actually teaching Church doctrine to his congregation! Vicar Angus MacLeay cited scripture to tell his female parishioners to be silent and submit to their husbands, while his assistant compounded the furor by essentially blaming high divorce rates on women’s failure to be subservient enough.
Although we might get all up in arms over these blatantly sexist remarks and attitudes, the fact will remain that they are firmly entrenched in the Bible and Christianity. Indeed, a close study of Christianity reveals that it and its parent Judaism are largely designed to revolve around the suppression, repression and oppression of women.
These facts are brought to light most handily by the great scholar of women’s religion and mythology Barbara G. Walker in her book Man Made God, forthcoming from Stellar House Publishing. Basically, the longstanding tradition of goddess worship was systematically destroyed, her temples and rituals wrecked, and her memory obliterated by the patriarchal warrior cult out of the Middle Eastern desert regions. This annihilation was a deliberate contrivance to shift the balance of power into the hands of men, whose male-dominant cults have subjugated women, keeping them in a subservient and infantile state.
Many scriptures from Judaism, Christianity and Islam can be cited to support this oppression and enslavement of women, as found in my book The Gospel According to Acharya S, where there is also a discussion of the less-than-stellar treatment of women in other organized religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism.
The sexist, misogynistic, woman-hating and enslaving mentality can be found abundantly in the Old Testament:
“In the older code in [Deuteronomy], women are generally viewed as…a property of their fathers and then of their husbands. This property-character of a woman is spelled out specifically in terms of her sexual qualities… In the [Deuteronomy Sex Texts] women are rarely referred to as persons or agents in their own right.” Rev. Dr. J. Harold Ellens, Sex in the Bible (69)
Here are a few examples of the women oppression in the New Testament:
“…the women should keep silence in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says.” 1 Corinthians 14:34
“Let a woman learn in silence with all submissiveness. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent.” 1 Timothy 2:11-12
“Likewise you wives, be submissive to your husbands.” 1 Peter 3:1
And from the Koran:
“Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other… Good women are obedient. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them, forsake them in beds apart; and beat them” Q 4:34
Throughout the history of Christ’s Church, numerous fathers, saints and so on have made the most obnoxious and hateful remarks about women, including that they are the “devil’s gateway,” a slander so vicious that it led to hundreds of thousands of women to be systematically murdered by the Catholic Church. This calumny and bigotry continue to this day, and women are regularly attacked merely for questioning Church dogma and doctrine, such as the historicity of patently mythical biblical characters.
With Valentine’s Day approaching, parishioners might have expected a more heartwarming message. Instead, they got a sermon urging women to ‘submit’ to their husbands.
The apparent lack of obedience of ‘modern women’ was blamed for the high divorce rate. In a sermon entitled ‘Marriage and women’ last Sunday, curate Mark Oden, told the congregation at St Nicholas Church in Sevenoaks, Kent: ‘We know marriage is not working.
‘We only need to look at figures – one in four children have divorced parents. Wives, submit to your own husbands.’…
The solution to this institutionalized sexism, misogyny and woman oppression is for women to stop following these manmade, male-dominant cults. Stop going to church, synagogue, temple and mosque! Develop your own female-oriented spirituality and communities, and so on.