It’s when I read stories like this that I really wish
Lest we forget, it still is, as the late James Brown was wont to remind us, a man’s world. And in cases where discrimination against other minorities would be unthinkable, it is still A-okay in this country to tell women to fuck the fuck off.
In this case, a federal judge dismissed a suit brought by a female professor who was fired by the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary because she was, well, female. The church of course cited your favorite bigot and mine, the Apostle Paul, or, as I like to call him, “the Apostle who totally wasn’t listening when Jesus opened his mouth and, like, said things.”
Why? Because in Timothy I (SO much better than Timothy II, by the way) Paul says that he does not permit women to teach or have authority over a man.
And by jiminy, that’s not only good enough for the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, it’s also good enough for U.S. Federal Judge John McBryde, who cited First Amendment freedom of religion-y type concerns in his decision to dismiss the suit.
Okay, you might say, if some religious institution believes that women cannot have authority over men, why not just let them be? Shouldn’t they be free to practice what they preach, as it were?
Except how would it be if that same institution denied employment to a member of another sect of Christianity? What if they fired a Pentecostal? Wait, better to use a non-crazy sect for that example. What if they fired a Methodist?
What if they fired a Jew? I believe some very sternly-worded press releases from the ADL would follow in very short order.
What if the Mormons had not foreseen the PR disaster ahead of them and had decided to keep with their former doctrine of “no nasty black people allowed”? I mean, you know, officially.
And while we’re tripping through the land of hypotheticals, would we feel quite so tolerant of rules about women from various sects being told to cover up their bodies, if those rules applied not to women, but to another group? What if some Islamic University in the
Before you answer, I should perhaps tell you that in a past case, that same judge ruled against a Santerian priest, whose religion is a Cuban offshoot of Catholicism. The priest wanted to kill a goat as part of a religious ceremony, and Judge McBryde cited health concerns in upholding a lower court decision that forbade the ritual within city limits.
Or, in other words, Goats: 1, Women: 0.