ANOTHER day, and another report about outpourings of idiocy that issues from the mouths of moronic pulpit bullies.
First off, Tom Buck, above, pastor of First Baptist Church of Lindale, Texas, drew a comparison between Vice President Kamala Harris and Jezebel, the Bible’s ” most nefarious woman“.
According to Religious News Service, the godly dimwit tweeted shortly after her inauguration:
I can’t imagine any truly God-fearing Israelite who would’ve wanted their daughters to view Jezebel as an inspirational role model because she was a woman in power.
He has since doubled down in the face of criticism, tweeting “I 100% stand by it,” and insisting:
Should Jezebel, who governed in godless ways, have been a role model simply because she was a woman in power? If not, why should Kamala, who’s governed in godless ways, be a role model just because she’s a woman in power?
Then last Thursday, Steve Swofford, of Rockwall First Baptist Church in Texas, preached about President Biden, calling him “cognitively dysfunctional,” and adding:
What if something happens to him? Jezebel has to take over — Jezebel Harris; isn’t that her name?
Swofford is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee:
The group that runs the business of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination outside its annual meetings.
RNS points out that, in the US, Jezebel has become a racist trope for a sexually promiscuous Black woman – a description that began in slavery, extended through the Jim Crow period and continues today.
David Pilgrim, professor of sociology at Michigan’s Ferris State University, writes that it is increasingly easy to find Black women, especially young ones, depicted as Jezebels:
Whose only value is as sexual commodities.
Lisa Sharon Harper, above, a writer and activist who is also an evangelical, said the use of the Jezebel trope is a window into the beliefs of white Southern men.
They legitimize their own racist, white supremacist worldview by placing it on top of a biblical reference. This could be a way of white men trying to put Black women back in their place, which is under them.
Charismatic Christians often talk about a “Jezebel spirit,” which they believe to be the evil influence of the biblical queen in the world today.
In his 2019 book Jezebel’s War With America: The Plot to Destroy Our Country and What We Can Do to Turn the Tide, deranged radio host and columnist Michael Brown wrote that Jezebel:
Is back from the dead. Or perhaps the spirit of Jezebel never went away.
Writing about the misuse of the trope to smear women in her 2013 book Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women Christian writer Sarah Bessey said that:
When a woman exhibits leadership, she’s accused of having that Jezebel spirit. I look forward to the day when women with leadership and insight, gifts and talents, callings and prophetic leanings are called out and celebrated as a Deborah (a biblical judge), instead of silenced as a Jezebel.