• Christian Tells SC Lawmakers Not to Hang “Evil” Photo of Female Legislators

Christian Tells SC Lawmakers Not to Hang “Evil” Photo of Female Legislators 

I’m surprised that this news story didn’t make more inroads on Twitter or on some of the abuse survivor blogs that sometime cover sexism against women by men in the church.

Even when I was a very devout Christian, I never wanted to live under a Christian theocracy in America (as some Christians fantasize about having) precisely because of kooks like the one mentioned below.

Even when I used to be a Christian gender complementarian, I did not agree that the Bible limits women as severely as some male complementarians teach.

When I was a complementarian, I saw nothing in the Bible  that taught that women were less intelligent than men, that women were more naive, more easily deceived than men, or said anything that prohibited women from holding public office or taking on other roles for all time (many of the Bible’s apparent prohibitions on female behavior in the church, and so on, were cultural and not intended to be timeless). But complementarian interpretations, as taught to me by complementarian pastors and web pages, told me, or gave me the impression, that God felt that women were lesser than men.

Speaker at Hearing Who Says Women Not Fit for Office Stopped

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A panel of lawmakers stopped an activist from speaking at a public hearing after he spent three minutes saying women are not fit to run for office and called feminism “destructive and evil.”

Christian Tells SC Lawmakers Not to Hang “Evil” Photo of Female Legislators

Snippets:

by Hemant Mehta

[Women members of South Carolina’s legislature wanted to put up portraits of women members on State House grounds to inspire other women to enter politics]

…Columbia Christians for Life director Steve Lefemine argued that women are unfit for public office because something something the Bible. Even South Carolina legislators thought he went too far in pushing his faith and ranting against “destructive and evil” feminism.

Just as Lefemine began to explain Tuesday why the “Biblical doctrine of the headship of man disqualifies a woman from civil office,” state Rep. Russell Ott interrupted.

The Calhoun Democrat said he also is a Christian but has found nothing in the Bible that “backs up anything that you are saying.”

“I don’t think this committee or the people behind you deserve to have to sit there and listen to that,” Ott said, moving to put a one-minute cap on Lefemine’s remaining testimony.

Rep. Ann Thayer, R-Anderson, the only woman on the committee, told Lefemine that female legislators feel called to their positions, and that some pray before taking them.

“We are heirs to the kingdom, and being heirs to the kingdom, that makes us all equal,” she said. “Ladies, we can’t let things like this stand in our way.”

Lefemine also read from what appears to be this document [document since pulled] titled, “The Feminism of the Mothers is the Destruction of the Daughters.”

It’s primarily anti-abortion and condemns divorce, daycare, working women, military women, and shameless hussies (“How many feminists ­pro-aborts ­do you know who dress modestly?”). It also tells women they must “delight in being keepers at home.”

No wonder it didn’t sit well with women who decided to do something different with their lives.

More information on this story:

Speaker at hearing who says women not fit for office stopped

by The AP
JANUARY 16, 2019

A panel of lawmakers stopped an activist from speaking at a public hearing after he spent three minutes saying women are not fit to run for office and called feminism “destructive and evil.”

Tuesday’s hearing was over a request to hang a group photo of the General Assembly’s female lawmakers at the Statehouse.

The State newspaper reports Columbia Christians for Life Director Steve Lefemine signed up to speak and handed out literature of his view that the Bible says women should not lead men.

Democratic Rep. Russell Ott of St. Matthews interrupted Lefemine to end his testimony. No other lawmakers objected.

Pro-life activist opposes photo of SC women lawmakers, says they are unfit to serve

by Avery G. Wilks
Jan. 9, 2019

A request to hang a group photo of the General Assembly’s female lawmakers in the State House led to an uncomfortable debate Tuesday in which a pro-life activist urged lawmakers not to endorse such symbols of “destructive and evil” feminism.

The 10-member State House Committee, made up of nine men and one woman, rebuked Columbia Christians for Life director Steve Lefemine, shutting down his testimony after three minutes.

By then, Lefemine had passed out packets of anti-feminist literature, expressed his view that the Bible says women are not fit for public office, and read aloud from an article titled, “The Feminism of the Mothers is the Destruction of the Daughters.”

Lefemine frequently is in the State House lobby, greeting lawmakers with anti-abortion posters and pamphlets. However, his activism has drawn scorn from fellow evangelicals who say it crosses the line.

Just as Lefemine began to explain Tuesday why the “Biblical doctrine of the headship of man disqualifies a woman from civil office,” state Rep. Russell Ott interrupted.

 The Calhoun Democrat said he also is a Christian but has found nothing in the Bible that “backs up anything that you are saying.”

“I don’t think this committee or the people behind you deserve to have to sit there and listen to that,” Ott said, moving to put a one-minute cap on Lefemine’s remaining testimony.


More On This Blog:

Conservatives Are Wrong to Dismiss Feminism by S. Quinlan

Let’s Say Good-Bye To The Straw-Feminist by Cordelia Fine

The Anti-Feminism Conservative Bias – (written by a Conservative)

The Words “Feminism” or “Feminist” – Why They’re Problematic And Aren’t Clear – And Why I Don’t Use the Label for Myself

The Growing Partisan Divide Over Feminism by Peter Beinart – The Republican and Conservative Women Who Want to Remain in Denial About American Sexism

On Men Not Believing Women and Being Blind to the Sexism and Harassment Women Often Endure

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