Monday, August 21, 2006

Christian Fascism in Watertown, NY

Here's an example of Islamofascism Christian fascism right in our own backyard. I might even venture to say the minister of First Baptist Church in Watertown, NY, made a terrorist-friendly decision:

The minister of a church that dismissed a female Sunday School teacher after adopting what it called a literal interpretation of the Bible says a woman can perform any job -- outside of the church.

The First Baptist Church dismissed Mary Lambert on August 9 with a letter explaining that the church had adopted an interpretation that prohibits women from teaching men. She had taught there for 54 years.

The letter quoted the first epistle to Timothy: "I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent."

Anyone think burying women like this up to their waists in sand and stoning them might be in our future?


ScurvyOaks said...

I guess you think the Roman Catholic Church has been fascist from the beginning, then.

Whether or not what this Baptist church did is a sensible reading of the biblical text, your labeling this as fascist is just nonsense. Go read any definition of fascism.

(Btw, I think "Islamofascism" is not an appropriate description of our enemies. I think "Islamic totalitarianism" is more accurate.)

sustayne said...

I just studied the dismissal of Mrs. Lambert from her teaching position at First Baptist. I am not connected to this event in any way. I have always lived elsewhere. I am not a person of any distinction. I emailed the "pastor" with these points:

If the Diaconate Council can bastardize the spirit of Biblical words to rationalize their dismissal, why would any member of the parish be eager to step up to take her place? Bastardizing the text is exactly what has happened here.The spirit of the Bible was flatly disregarded so that those words could be cited as grounds for their position.

After many hundreds of years of philisophical examination of the Bible by their ancestors, the Diaconate Board honestly sees no deeper understanding of that sacred text and of the circumstances under which the words may have been authored? Really, there has been absolutley no growth at all? This appears to be true. If not, it appears to be the position from which they can reclaim some sleep at night- if they ever lost any.

Can there be any less Christian act than this dismissal? Is there a parish in all of God's Earth that would not be thankful to have a member of the congregation so unselfish with her time, so giving, so caring?

This dismaissal was a cowardly act born of the height of arrogance and selfishness. The damage it does to the goodwill of the Church far outweighs any good the current Board may have done during its tenure.

This Church does not deserve her. It would not surprise me to learn she has offers from other, more sensible, congregations who have an idea of what it means to act in a Christian manner, nay, in simply a considerate or a compassionate manner.

Best of all, they do not publicize their alleged other reasons for fear of legal retribution. That about says it all.

If there is a truly sage member on that board, he or she (yes, a woman) will advocate for Mrs. Lambert's swift re-instatement, without prejudice, while begging the forgiveness of the congregation and of the community at large.

Will people ever be able to get past this archaic behavior once they find themselves in a position of authority? Sadly, I doubt it.