It truly baffles me that any woman could be a Christian (or for that matter, a Jew or a Muslim since they all accept the passage I’m about to recite as coming directly from God). The Bible is virulently patriarchal and misogynist in a hundred different ways. Like Leviticus 12:
The Lord said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘A woman who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son will be ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her monthly period. On the eighth day the boy is to be circumcised. Then the woman must wait thirty-three days to be purified from her bleeding. She must not touch anything sacred or go to the sanctuary until the days of her purification are over. If she gives birth to a daughter, for two weeks the woman will be unclean, as during her period. Then she must wait sixty-six days to be purified from her bleeding.
“‘When the days of her purification for a son or daughter are over, she is to bring to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting a year-old lamb for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a dove for a sin offering. He shall offer them before the Lord to make atonement for her, and then she will be ceremonially clean from her flow of blood.
“‘These are the regulations for the woman who gives birth to a boy or a girl. But if she cannot afford a lamb, she is to bring two doves or two young pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering. In this way the priest will make atonement for her, and she will be clean.’”
The notion of a woman being “unclean” after giving birth or when she’s on her period is repulsive enough. But the fact that this “unclean” status lasts twice as long if she gives birth to a girl than if she has a boy is utter lunacy. And remember, you can’t just dismiss this by saying “Oh, that’s just how they were back then.” This command allegedly comes directly from God himself. He could just as easily have given them a far more reasonable and moral command, but he chose not to.
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