Religious leaders slam Clinton, ignore two millennia of oppression

Religious leaders slam Clinton, ignore two millennia of oppression October 14, 2016
Image: Gage Skidmore / Creative Commons
Image: Gage Skidmore / Creative Commons

CNN released an article today asking Hillary Clinton to apologize for emails that her aides wrote. The emails, leaked through the recent WikiLeaks dump, apparently contain some “Christophobic” (a word that made me laugh) content.

From the article:

The statement is referring to a 2011 email between campaign chairman John Podesta, whose email was hacked, and communications director Jennifer Palmieri and John Halpin, a senior fellow at the liberal think tank Center for American Progress….Halpin wrote that 21st Century Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch and NewsCorp Chairman Robert Thomson, who are both Catholic, are attracted to the faith because of “systemic thought and severely backward gender relations.”

Halpin is Catholic himself, so I’m not sure where the “Christophobic” comment comes from. Whatever the reason, the “dozens” of religious leaders, evangelical and Catholic alike, wrote

“The WikiLeaks emails reveal a contempt for all traditional Christians, and we are — Catholic and Evangelical — united in our outrage and united in our call for Mrs. Clinton to immediately apologize for the Christophobic behavior of her associates,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, several centuries ago, people like Thomas Aquinas wrote, in Summa Theologica, emphasized the importance of virginity in women. He made claims about, not only physical sexual abstinence (citing “Pleasure resulting from resolution of semen…”), but mental abstinence as well (“If this be the result of the mind’s purpose, it destroys virginity, whether copulation takes place or not.”). This concept has been carried forward into the modern world; women are told they are “prude” if they do not consent to sex, but they are “sluts” if they have any type of sex. Virginity, and taking it from women, is championed by the Catholic church and all men alike.

Women are sexually assaulted at ridiculously high rates. According to RAINN (the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), one out of every six women are victims of either attempted or complete sexual assault. And 90% of sexual assault victims are women. This stems from Catholic (and, admittedly, all Christian) teachings like Colossians 3:18, “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.” Or 1 Peter 3:1, “Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives…” And let’s not forget Genesis 3:16, “[God said to Eve]…Your desire will be for your husband,and he will rule over you.”

If the relationship issue (husband and wife) can be argued, how about the general gender titles like in 1 Corinthians 11:7-9, “For a man is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man…for indeed man was not created for the woman’s sake, but woman for the man’s sake.”

Let’s not forget the prohibition against women being permitted to leave their husbands (but men could totally leave their wives), until the Reagan “No Fault” divorce was introduced in the 1970s. Women could not file for divorce, even in abusive relationships, as men often were believed more than women with claims made in family court. This stems from the Gospel of Mark, where Jesus states divorced couples commit adultery by remarrying. And though the Bible says women should be submissive to their husbands, Pope John Paul II stated, in 1988, that “submissiveness” meant being submissive for the sake of Christ. So women still had to do it, but not for their husbands. For Jesus.

The Catholic Church also is anti-contraception, abortion/women’s health services (because why else would they want to defund or shut down facilities like Planned Parenthood whose abortion services only account for 3-12% of the work they do to assist in women’s health), and refuse to open the opportunity for women to serve within their organization.

Unless an apology comes from the Pope, and the church is reformed, I suggest these religious “leaders” take their request for an apology and shove it up their righteous asses.

For more on this topic, check out the book What the Bible Really Does (and Doesn’t) Say About Sex from Pitchstone Publishing.

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