Diane Passno, who works for Focus on the Family and has a new anti-feminist book out, appeared on James Dobson’s radio show and the two of them had a good old time beating up that tired old straw woman feminist who allegedly believes in a world without men. And Passno claims, with a straight face, that feminism was originally a Christian movement.
Passno: What’s so tragic about the feminist movement today is that what started as a Christian movement based on Christian principles and the wonderful examples that Jesus gives in Scripture—there’s so many women that are mentioned specifically in Scripture whose lives He touched and whose lives He changed for the better—and a movement that started in that way has become so distorted and is now completely antagonistic to the Christian faith.
Uh, what? Ernestine Rose, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Matilda Joslyn Gage and Frances Wright were all non-believers and freethinkers. Stanton wrote a pamphlet called “Has Christianity Benefited Woman?” that argued:
“All religions thus far have taught the headship and superiority of man, [and] the inferiority and subordination of woman. Whatever new dignity, honor, and self-respect the changing theologies may have brought to man, they have all alike brought to woman but another form of humiliation”
She later wrote “The Woman’s Bible” along with 26 other feminist leaders, which concludes that “the Bible in its teachings degrades women from Genesis to Revelation.” Gage wrote the book “Woman, Church, and State,” which argues that Christianity had been the chief roadblock preventing women from achieving equality in America, which is so obviously true as to be undeniable. Feminism began as a Christian movement? Seriously? This is David Barton-level delusion.
Dobson: With a lot of either unintended consequences or consequences that were hidden. The National Organization for Women and what I would call the radical feminist movement really boils down to two issues today; you got them on the tip of your tongue?
Passno: Yes, you can define feminism today really as having two foundational issues. One is abortion, and of course this is a result of their love affair with abortion and so many of our listeners know that and understand that. What is less understood is the fact that what the feminist movement has done it’s gone from wanting equality with men to being a movement that doesn’t think men are really necessary at all.
I wish I could remember who it was who once responded to a similar statement by saying — and this is from memory, so it isn’t verbatim — “I’ve known a lot of women in my lifetime, almost all of them feminists. In all that time I’ve only known one of them who thinks that men are unnecessary — and we’ve been married for 27 years.”
This all reminds me of probably the most bizarre thing ever said by Pat Robertson (and imagine the competition for that award). In a fundraising letter in 1992, he wrote:
“The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”
That’s not just a straw woman, it’s a straw reality, and is absolutely delusional.