In 2011, long after Roy Moore was done allegedly hitting on young women and molesting a 14-year-old girl, he co-authored a course on “Law and Government” for the evangelical group Vision Forum (run by scandal-plagued Doug Phillips).
While Moore’s section in the course was a recounting of his battle to install a Ten Commandments monument in the Alabama Supreme Court building, despite its illegality, it stands to reason he has no problem with the rest of the curriculum either. That’s why he willingly participated in the project. He’s certainly never raised any objections about it in the past several years.
The team at ThinkProgress — Addy Baird, Zack Ford, Jack Jenkins, and Judd Legum — recently purchased a copy of that course and what they found in it is just appalling. It’s more evidence that, even if Roy Moore never assaulted little girls, his view of women is despicable enough that no decent person should ever vote for him.
One of the lectures in the course is by William O. Einwechter, a “teaching elder at Immanuel Free Reformed Church.” And in his speech about the biblical take on female judges, he makes clear that women have no business ever being in elected office.
The lesson uses what Einwechter argues are Biblical truths about the roles and design of men and women, arguing that husband, children, and home “summarize God’s definition of the woman.”“She’s not a warrior. She’s not a judge. She’s a woman. Created by God. Glorious in her place and in her conduct and in her role,” Einwechter says. “Nothing is said in scripture that supports the notion that she is qualified or called to be a civil magistrate.”
This, Einwechter says, is proof that women should not work outside the home, run for office, or take on any role that gives women “dominance” over men, calling women “the weaker vessel.” Women, the lesson teaches, are only fit to be homemakers and should dedicate their lives to their husbands and children, never to work or outside pursuits.
Roy Moore didn’t say that. But his inclusion in the course is a sign that he agrees with its contents. It certainly fits in with the “complementarian” view held by many conservative Christians that a woman’s role is confined to the home.
If anything, reporters should ask Moore directly why he participated in a course when this garbage was being taught to young men. They should ask if he also believes women should never run for political office. They should ask him how he plans to work with female colleagues in the Senate if he’s elected (and all signs point to him being elected next week, despite all the credible allegations against him).
And campaigners in Alabama should spread the news far and wide that Roy Moore, even moreso than Donald Trump, doesn’t give a damn about women. He doesn’t care about their civil rights. He doesn’t care about their autonomy. He doesn’t care about their dreams, or careers, or desires. They’re only useful for supporting the lofty ambitions of the men in their lives.
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