Believe it or not, religion still plays a major role in the stultifying of our society.
And whaddyaknow? I found a book that purports to be sound advice for married couples. What does the book say? Here's an excerpt (italics are mine):
In today’s society where any physical discipline is severely frowned upon, it is important that even a Christian Domestic Discipline relationship be consensual; however, it is interesting to note that Biblically, a man’s right to chastise and discipline his wife is strongly implied. Just as a parent would never stop to ask permission to chastise his child, a husband should not have to obtain consent to discipline his wife; however, our legal system has put him in the position of having to do so. Just as our culture is turned upside down in so many other things, the traditional Christian marriage is no exception.
Abominable. Not only:
- does the book condone spousal violence (in the form of the man punishing the woman),
- it all but implies that women occupy a position similar to children in marriage, and
- dares to say that women's rights are a cultural setback ("turned upside down")
How can a book written and sold in the year 2007 get away with suggesting that hitting a woman is not just defensible but morally right as well? I actually can't wait for Leah Kelley (IIRC, the author of the book) to be brutally mistreated by her husband. That'll make her understand how wrong she is in pursuing her stupid advocacy crusade. Or not -- after all, apparently the word of the Bible rules over reason and ethics.
Now, I'll be the first to admit that religious types aren't always like this. Most people actually make sense when they live their lives (and write their books). But, inevitably, at some point, they all will display their real, evil beliefs and values.
Such as cherishing domestic violence. Which is, of course, completely unchristian, but it's not like it's the first time christians contradict themselves. It's a pattern that keeps repeating itself -- the words of the Holy Books against common sense, reason, logic and sound ethics -- and winning too many wars to be tolerated by just men.
We fair men and women must be vigilant against the wackos. Otherwise, the wackos will win.