According to Tom Delay, Jesus died for our freedom. I was under the impression he died for our sins, but heck, what do I know. Delay also said that Jesus destroyed Satan so that we could be free, via the Constitution of the United States. God created this nation and God created the Constitution, which is written on Biblical principles.
On Wednesday, I was finally doing edits on a book of Christian essays I’ve been writing. I realized I have a chapter in it on our not so Christian founding. I guess it doesn’t matter, does it. Not only is the far right re-writing the history of this nation and the Constitution, they’re now rewriting the Bible. Even the patriarchal idea of cloistering women is not quite Biblical. It is more Athenian than Biblical, but I doubt that the Dominionists even comprehend what happened to Judea when Alexander the Great conquered it.
This is what I was told:
“...In your case, you should ask the (male, King James Only, patriarchal) pastors of your local church to find you a husband who can do all those things for you. You should probably do this in writing, since your female nature would tempt them to sin were they to actually see you in person. Whomever they choose will be God’s will for you. I know, I know, I don’t have a verse to back this up, but it’s the only logical answer I can come up with that’s in line with patriarchy…”
For some strange reason, the far right thinks that this nation was built on Scripture. That’s what Illinois State GOP Rep. Dwight Kay said on Tuesday. He was doing to homophobic Dominionist freak out. He was pissed because, the debate about same-sex marriage was NOT about the Bible, but human rights. I’ve asked it before, and I’ll ask it again. Why must people be subjected to the far right so-called “Christian” version of the Constitution, which has nothing to do with the Constitution as we know it, or once knew it. Throughout the country, the entire anti-choice movement has been basically bank-rolled by the Koch Brothers Machine. It has been a state by state effort, designed, primarily to control women.
“… Vision Forum Ministries is, according to its Statements of Doctrine, “committed to affirming the historic faith of Biblical Christianity,” with special attention to the historical faith found in the book of Genesis, when God created Eve as a “helper” to Adam. According to Christian Patriarchy, marriage bonds man (the symbol of Christ) to woman (the symbol of the Church). It’s a model that situates husbands and fathers in a position of absolute power: If a woman disobeys her “master,” whether father or husband, she’s defying God. Thus, women in the Christian Patriarchy Movement aren’t just stay-at-home mothers — they’re stay-at-home daughters as well. And many of them wouldn’t have it any other way.
The stay-at-home-daughters movement, which is promoted by Vision Forum, encourages young girls and single women to forgo college and outside employment in favor of training as “keepers at home” until they marry. Young women pursuing their own ambitions and goals are viewed as selfish and antifamily; marriage is not a choice or one piece of a larger life plan, but the ultimate goal. Stay-at-home daughters spend their days learning “advanced homemaking” skills, such as cooking and sewing, and other skills that at one time were a necessity — knitting, crocheting, soap- and candle-making. A father is considered his daughter’s authority until he transfers control to her husband….”
This latest to fall is Doug Phillips, son of Howard, of the Constitution Party. He also runs Vision Forum, though he’s only now doing the for profit end of things after having been caught with his pants down. The only thing better would have been for him to be caught with a man. Oh well, we can’t have everything.
“...I am offended by what Doug Phillips has had to say about and to women in his home education curriculum materials and speeches, which are designed to convince people that the “natural use of a woman” is to serve men and that starting at a young age girls must be “protected by the umbrella of their father’s authority” and kept from ideas and situations that could lead them to ever think otherwise, much less be empowered to act upon it….”
Anyone who promotes the following, ought to be ostracized from the civilized world. This is pure abuse. According to Wade Burleson, of the Emmanuel Baptist Church of Enid Oklahoma, patriarchy is a warped view of male dominance that can cause women to have no will of their own.
One of Doug Phillips heroes is Civil War ‘theologian, and chaplain to Stonewall Jackson, R. L. Dabney. Dabney, even writing a biography about him with the title Robert Lewis Dabney: The Prophet Speaks. That’s nice. The problem with Dabney is that he felt that the ‘African’ was of low grade intellect, virtue, incapable of caring for himself. He also believed the following:
“…How utterly opposed is all this to the leveling doctrine of your Radical. Women are here consigned to a social subordination, and expressly excluded from ruling offices, on grounds of their sex, and a divine ordination based by God upon a transaction which happened nearly six thousand years ago! The woman’s sphere is expressly assigned her within her home, and she is taught that the assumption of publicity is an outrage against that nature with which she is endowed….
Political excitements will corrupt women tenfold more than men; and this, not because women are naturally inferior to men, but because they are naturally adapted to a wholly different sphere. When we point to the fact that they are naturally more emotional and less calculating, more impulsive and less self-contained, that they have a quicker tact but less logic, that their social nature makes them more liable to the contagion of epidemic passions, and that the duties of their sex make it physically impossible for them to acquire the knowledge in a foreign sphere necessary for political duties, we do not depreciate woman; we only say that nature has adapted her to one thing and disqualified her for the other.
The violet would wither in that full glare of midsummer in which the sunflower thrives: this does not argue that the violet is the meaner flower. The vine, left to stand alone, would be hurled prone in the mire by the first blasts of that history…But the vine cannot be an oak; it must be itself, dependent, clinging, but more precious than that on which it leans or it must perish….”
Doug Phillips’s version of theology is repeated, quite often, by abject ignorance. The real problem is that it is not Biblical.
According to people like Doug Phillips, a woman is of little intellectual value. Phillips’ Tenents of Biblical Patriarchy owe quite a bit to white supremacists like Dabney. According to Libby Anne, of Love, Joy, and Feminism:
“...Christian Patriarchy holds that women must always be under male authority (or headship). A woman is never to be independent of male authority. First, she is under her father’s authority, and then under her husband’s authority.
(A widow would be under her son’s authority, or, if she had no sons or her sons were young, she would return to her father’s authority. If is not possibles possible, some argue that widow should place herself under the authority of a church elder or pastor.)
Many evangelicals use the rhetoric of “male headship” but see it as merely spiritual or figurative. For Christian Patriarchy, though, being under male authority includes obedience. This obedience is absolute; a woman is only excused from obeying if her male authority orders her to do something illegal and immoral (some dispute this, and argue that she is still required to obey, but that God won’t hold her accountable for any sins she commits at the order of her male authority)….”
I have no respect for Doug Phillips. I also have nothing but skepticism for something like this:
And, this is the clincher!
As a life-long Christian woman, this goes against EVERYTHING I believe. Not only that, but it is almost heretical. Not only that, but it is a direct violation of the Constitution and everything we hold dear as a nation. What we’re really dealing with, here is noting more and nothing less than a very dangerous cult. It is a cult that has the power to destroy women’s lives. It is currently ripping the fabric of good and honest Christian lives and homes apart. Please, tell me how they are any different from the Taliban.