An 81-year-old woman who taught Sunday School for 54 years in Watertown, NY, was dismissed from her First Baptist Church position because… well, apparently they discovered she was a woman.
And as we all know, women should keep silent.
At least, that’s what the church board said to her. Their letter quoted 1 Timothy 2:12: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.”
The Reverend Timothy LaBouf is also on the Watertown City Council where the city manager is a woman as well. Will this impact her? No, LaBouf said. He added that a woman “can perform any job and fulfill any responsibility…”
Thankfully, the teacher, Mary Lambert, has received several other teaching offers.
What’s even more frightening is that the vote for her dismissal was unanimous. No one on that church’s board took a stand to say that rule might not apply anymore? Someone please explain.
[tags]Mary Lambert, First Baptist Church, Watertown, New York, Timothy, Sunday School, Timothy LaBouf[/tags]