Monday, August 21, 2006

Teacher of 54 Years Fired for Being a Woman

A minister of a Baptist church fired a female Sunday school teacher, Mary Lambert, in Watertown, NY after realizing that the Bible should be taken literally as a guide on how to oppress women. Rev. Timothy LaBouf sites 1 Timothy 2:12, "I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent." Even worse, this man is a member of the Watertown's "non-partisan" City Council. He says this one sexist belief won't interfere with his decisions made as a councilman, since he believes that women can do any job she wants, as long as it's outside the Church. I don't buy it.

You can contact LaBouf by callling (315) 788-7363 or by e-mailing him at TLaBouf@watertown-ny.gov

5 comments:

Drew said...

Sexism is fine as long as we call it religion. -_-

Ibad said...

Sooo...wouldn't that verse basically mean that women shouldn't be Christians to begin with?

Steve said...

Whoaaa, that's...wow. I don't think I've ever seen it that blatant before.

Emily said...

Ibad, 1 Timothy 2:11 says that women should learn in silence. I think the word "silence" in 2:12 refers to the institution of education, not in life in general. To answer your question in a secular way, women shouldn't be Christians for the simple fact that this verse appears in the Bible. Of course, Christians don't ordinarily believe in everything in the Bible, but the "pick-and-choose" philosophy leaves some Christians to believe other Chrisitans are too luke warm to be part of the faith.

Drew said...

They can be Christians, Ibad. It's just they can't be vocal about it. Ironic, huh?