I’m always surprised when I critique certain unlovely aspects of religion and some people suggest that this only happens in fundamentalist denominations in the USA. Not! This can happen anywhere in the world in any organization.
Someone sent me this link, 6 Reasons to Not Send Your Daughter to College, written by a Roman Catholic. Here they are:
- She will attract the wrong types of men.
- She will be in a near occasion of sin.
- She will not learn to be a wife and mother.
- The cost of a degree is becoming more difficult to recoup.
- You don’t have to prove anything to the world.
- It could be a near occasion of sin for the parents.
- She will regret it.
- It could interfere with a religious vocation.
So, right off the bat you have to wonder if this person went to college because that’s 8 reasons, not 6.
In one sentence, Raylan Alleman shares his deepest fear with his readers:
“Is a degree worth the loss of your daughter’s purity, dignity, and soul?”
Fear. Make people afraid and they will do stupid things.
I like one of the comments left by a woman:
“So, please, what is an 18yo girl to do then? Bag groceries till a prince charming comes along to give a few kids?”
I believe all the comments oppose the post.
One commenter claims that this isn’t the authorized teaching of the Roman Catholic Church. It doesn’t matter. Sexually abusing boys isn’t either. These kinds of things are what find avenues for expression in such institutions. Not just Roman Catholic, but across the religious and denominational spectrum.
Either stupidity is increasing or the publication of it. Let’s hope it’s just the latter. However, the publication of stupidity increases its popularity. It may normalize it.
I wrote a post yesterday, Silence as Key to Pastor Dad Mark Driscoll’s Ministry in which I critique his view of women and the role women are expected to play in his congregation. So it is not a marginalized suppression of women we are talking about here, but one that seems rather popular in some circles and growing in others.
We live in a time when misogyny awareness is increasing but also when misogynist leaders are being chosen to lead countries and other institutions.
This should concern us.