With all the rampant sexism in the Bible and then expanded by religious leaders down through the ages, surely modern religious leaders have put a stop to this type of thinking. Nope.
Here is a growing list of examples from modern misogynists.
Braulio Rodriguez / Roman Catholic Archbishop, Spain
Domestic violence is caused by women ‘not obeying men’ and that wives could escape being physically abused by not asking for divorce.
He told churchgoers in his sermon: “The majority of cases of domestic violence happen because the woman’s partner does not accept them, or rejects them for not accepting their demands.
“Or often the macho reaction comes about because she asked for a separation.”
He also said many relationship problems occurred because the couple were not in a ‘true marriage’, and he criticised the practice of ‘quickie divorces’. [source]
Robert Carlson / St. Louis Catholic Archbishop
The Archbishop decides to confront the serious problem in St. Louis. The Girl Scouts of the USA.
“Girl Scouts is exhibiting a troubling pattern of behavior and it is clear to me that as they move in the ways of the world it is becoming increasingly incompatible with our Catholic values,” Carlson wrote in a letter dated Thursday. “We must stop and ask ourselves — is Girl Scouts concerned with the total well-being of our young women? Does it do a good job forming the spiritual, emotional, and personal well-being of Catholic girls?” [source]
Can’t have those little ladies learning the facts about how to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases!
Robert Carlson is the same Archbishop that in a June 2014 deposition claimed to be uncertain if he knew sexual abuse was a crime or not. [source]
Steven Anderson / Pastor, Arizona
“The right to divorce your husband is what they mean. You know what they mean? The right to rebel and disobey your husband, the right to divorce him, the right to go out and get a job and make your own money, the right to tell him what to do, the right to go vote for our leaders as if women should have any say in how our country is run when the Bible says that “I suffer not a woman to teach, not to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence”? [source]
Steven Anderson also defends slavery because the Bible condones it. [source]
Raymond Burke / Catholic Cardinal
Women and girls are responsible for the fall in vocations to priesthood. [source]
Gary Cass / Christian Anti-Defamation Commission
Qualifications to be President? You must be Christian and you must have a penis. [via FriendlyAtheist]
What should be look for in our elected officials?… The first qualification is they must be a Christian… What a candidate professes about God is absolutely critical. It will profoundly shape his leadership. Genuine reverence for the Lord is the foundation of knowledge… So we need a leader who is alive spiritually and who will lead in the fear of God.
The biblical biological requirement for office is you must be male. Civil leadership should be conceived of as an extension of the family and God’s created order. God established man as the head of the woman and woman as his helpmate… In society, the same roles apply as is ordained in the family and in the church.
The ministry of justice that God has given to the state is generally a man’s job. Yet, there are exceptions in the Bible where God has raised up women like Deborah to judge and even deliver Israel. But it’s considered an indictment when there’s no strong, godly men to lead and protect their families and society.
Mark Driscol / Mars Hill mega-church franchise, Seattle
Women who are quarrelsome, who are nags, they are not submitting in accordance to the Bible. [huffpost]
Knowing that His penis would need a home, God created a woman to be your wife and when you marry her and look down you will notice that your wife is shaped differently than you and makes a very nice home. Written by Driscol under the name William Wallace II in 2001
Women will be saved by going back to that role that God has chosen for them. Ladies, if the hair on the back of your neck stands up it is because you are fighting your role in the scripture. Sermon 2008
Without blushing, Paul is simply stating that when it comes to leading in the church, women are unfit because they are more gullible and easier to deceive than men. While many irate women have disagreed with his assessment through the years, it does appear from this that such women who fail to trust his instruction and follow his teaching are much like their mother Eve and are well-intended but ill-informed.
A wife who lets herself go and is not sexually available to her husband in the ways that the Song of Songs is so frank about is not responsible for her husband’s sin, but she may not be helping him either.
We live in a completely pussified nation. …Watch a nation of men be raised by bitter penis envying burned feministed [sic] single mothers who make sure that Johnny grows up to be a very nice woman who sits down to pee. Wayback Archive
Hell looks like a good place because at least a man is in charge, has a bit of order and let’s men spit and scratch as needed.
Southern Baptist Convention, Summer 1998 (15.7 million members)
A wife is to submit graciously to the servant leadership of her husband, even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. – Official Statement
Pat Robertson / Southern Baptist leader
Males have a tendency to wander a little bit. And what you [women] want to do is make a home so wonderful he doesn’t want to wander.
On a man with an Alzheimer’s stricken wife: I know it sounds cruel, but if he’s going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but to make sure she has custodial care and somebody (is) looking after her.
I know this is painful for the ladies to hear, but if you get married, you have accepted the headship of a man, your husband. Christ is the head of the household, and the husband is the head of the wife, and that’s the way it is, period.
The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. Fundraising Letter July 1992
When a caller complained that his wife insults him and once raised a hand to him, Robertson lamented the end of legal wife-beating. “I don’t think we condone wife-beating these days but something has got to be done,” he whined. After characterizing the wife as someone who “does not understand authority,” he “jokingly” recommended that the husband move to Saudi Arabia, so that he can legally batter her. [Alternet]
James Fowler / Professor of Theology
The Holiness of God is not evidenced in women when they are brash, brassy, boisterous, brazen, head-strong, strong-willed, loud-mouthed, overly-talkative, having to have the last word, challenging, controlling, manipulative, critical, conceited, arrogant, aggressive, assertive, strident, interruptive, undisciplined, insubordinate, disruptive, dominating, domineering, or clamoring for power. Rather, women accept God’s holy order and character by being humbly and unobtrusively respectful and receptive in functional subordination to God, church leadership, and husbands. Women in the Church, 1999
Bill Lytell / Pastor, Gospel Baptist Church, Florida
Don’t you be ashamed you go to a church with male leadership. Every church that’s right with God oughta have a sign: “Male Leadership.” Because that’s the only kind of leadership, both from Adam all the way to the last part of the Bible. It’s all been male. This is a man’s world!
Don Feder / World Congress of Families (Christian Family Values Group), Communication Director
Hillary couldn’t win a popularity contest if she was the only contestant. The Hideousness Factor: Lyndon Baines Johnson was the last profoundly ugly candidate to be elected president, and he was a legacy of the martyred JFK. Voters don’t want a leader who looks frazzled or frumpy. -Column titled “Top 10 Reasons Why Hitlery Will Never Be President” [via JoeMyGod]
Dr. Ashley E. Ray / Senior Pastor of Ridgeway Baptist Church, Memphis
“There is a divine hierarchy in marriage,” Ray explained, reading from the book of Ephesians. “Wives submit to your own husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church.” And then he added a message from the book of Timothy: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.”
“That’s saying that the man was to lead,” he explained. “When the lady led, the human race fell. When Adam allowed his wife to lead him — and it’s his fault not hers — but when he allowed that, the human race fell.” [Rawstory]