“Women shall be silent and submissive” – An atheist is trolling Christians with an offensive Bible verse on the back of his truck.
Christians in Virginia are outraged that a Bible verse painted on the back of a pickup truck calls for women to be “silent and submissive.”
Virginia resident and atheist Tom Hicks said he put the scripture on the tailgate of his pickup truck about five years ago, and since then it has been getting plenty of attention with images of the truck frequently appearing on social media.
The verse on the ruck is drawn from First Corinthians, and reads:
Women shall be silent and submissive.
The phrase, “Women shall be silent and submissive,” is actually a paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 14:34:
Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says.
Along with the verse concerning women on the back of the truck, there is also three crosses, the fish symbol, and the phrase “Read The Bible.”
CBS News reports that Hicks placed the Bible verse on his truck is because he is an atheist, and he wants to make the point that the Bible itself is often offensive and misogynistic. Hicks said:
The reason I put this particular message on, I want people to read the Bible, I want them to see this message and say is that true?
Indeed, the verse makes many Christians uncomfortable, for obvious reasons. While some conservative Christians may actually agree with the sexist message of misogyny, many more moderate Christians want to deny, minimize, or obfuscate the uncomfortable but clearly stated biblical teaching.
The fact is, Christianity in theory and in practice is patriarchal, and by definition, misogynistic. Yet many moderate Christians want to deny or minimize this cold, hard, uncomfortable fact.
Coming face to face with such a clear example of biblical oppression and misogyny on the back of a pickup truck is hard to ignore, hence the anger and outrage.
Bottom line: The Bible is filled with unspeakable horrors and despicable messages of hate, and this makes some Christians uncomfortable.