The Truth: Donald Trump is every Southern Baptist male’s ultimate fantasy: to do openly what they have been doing in private. Yes, Paige Patterson is Donald Trump’s pimp.
Well, well, well, the Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary decided they’d continue to pander to Paige Patterson’s sexism by adding the title “emeritus” to President and give him a cushy, paid-for home on the campus.
While drawing his fat salary, he can sit on the front porch rocking chair and comment on the dress and bodies of passing female students. While doing so, he’ll teach the male students, happily gathered at this feet, how to beat up their wives without leaving a mark or rape female students while blaming them for the crime.
The Trustees, mostly male of course, now may pat themselves on the back, light up their cigars (sometimes a cigar is more than a cigar), and assure themselves that they’ve kept the little women happy.
They’ll go home to find, as usual, their dinner on the table, their socks picked up off the floor, laundered, carefully matched and back in their drawers.
They’ll turn on Fox News and chortle when they hear their boy Donnie paid off yet another prostitute. After all, boys will be boys–it’s biblical. They will go the polls to make sure they elect only politicians who will do nothing to stop school shootings but will do everything to punish poor women, mainly by removing access to free birth control and family planning services. Meanwhile, they’ll quietly arrange for abortions for their teenage daughters when necessary.
In public comments, they’ll pay lip service to how important women are and how much they are to be treasured and protected and oh-so-lovingly led in those “complementarian” marriages. In such teachings, the man is the unquestioned head of the household, and the wife is sweetly submissive to this God-ordained spiritual leader. Because he is all-knowing, she doesn’t have to fill her pretty little head with complex theological questions. Instead, she’s free to make sure the children’s ministry at church is fully staffed, endless potluck meals prepared, and the preacher’s robes mended as necessary.
And that is the Southern Baptist Church for you.
They are embarrassed that their dirty linen has come to light, that the dark underbelly of misogyny is now on such public display. Even so, Southern Baptists will not do one thing to address the underlying theology that enables it and that helped put in ultimate power the small-handed Donnie, so openly sexist and cruel to women that it boggles the mind. But for Southern Baptists, it’s biblical, after all.
Until the underlying theology is addressed, which means acknowledging first of all that God is not male and second, that women are not afterthoughts but fully human with all the rights of privileges of humanity, including proclaiming theological truths, nothing will change. And this won’t happen because all that carefully hoarded “God-given” male privilege will disappear.
I’m sure the Baptists will get better with their window dressing. They are not stupid, after all. Women’s generally unpaid or far lesser paid work is absolutely necessary for churches and other religious institutions to function. The men in power will have to figure out some way to keep them happy, so they’ll find some bones to toss at them.
But in the long run, Southern Baptists are toast. So, for that matter, will eventually be the Mormons (Latter Day Saints). It may take longer, but the LDS church no longer shows significant growth in the US. Cracks are starting to form in their all-old-white-male leadership models. At some point, enough women will be educated to blow it up in its current form.
But for the short run, Patterson will rock away, adoring male students gathering at his feet, waiting for the pearls of sexism and male hegemony to drop from his lascivious lips, feeding their fantasies of being a bundle of little Donalds, happily grabbing ***** whenever they want it. It’s biblical, isn’t it?
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