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Cindy Kunsman responds to the censorship of the FreeCWC’s petition demanding an apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
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Note from Julie Anne: This article, by Cindy Kunsman was originally posted at her blog, Under Much Grace, and she has given me permission to post it here. Cindy has an encyclopedia of information at her blog on spiritual abuse she has studied and observed in the Homeschool Movement subcultures. She has greatly benefited the Spiritual Abuse Survivor community and I’m so thankful for her work in this area. ~JA
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The Freedom for Christian Women Coalition (FreeCWC) and Jocelyn Andersen have used the Christian Newswire in times past to distribute press releases. The news service featured an announcement of the Seneca Falls 2 Evangelical Women’s Rights Convention on July 2, 2010, noting the formation of the FreeCWC.
Perhaps that is why the Coalition was so shocked to learn this morning that the Christian news distribution service, a subsidiary of the Christian Communication Network, has decided to censure their press release concerning the petition to the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW). The FreeCWC decided to wait to submit a press release to celebrate the collection of 200 signatures, and the submission was made by co-founder Andersen on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10:55 AM. Christian Newswire sent the notice of decline by email on the evening of April 6th.
Andersen spoke with an individual named Gary McCullough at the agency on the morning of April 7th. She was told that a committee reviews submissions, and it was their decision to “not distribute” the news release. McCullough would not disclose the reason for the censure.
Read the email that Andersen received as well as the original press release below.
We encourage the public to contact Mr. McCullough to let him know how disappointed we are that the Christian Newswire will only support press releases in favor of the subjugation of women.
And naturally, the reader is invited to sign the petition if they have not already done so.
Also of interest is the appearance of the Biblical Womanhood Statement arising from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS). One wonders how this substantially differs from the True Woman Manifesto and their program. The Associated Baptist Press published an article suggesting that this new initiative at SWBTS was a response to the FreeCWC petition. Read more about the president of the seminary, his wife, and their participation with CBMW at a recent article at The Wartburg Watch.
Apparently, they’re also preparing to make a submission to the Christian Newswire. May theirs be approved.
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From: Dan McCullough firstname.lastname@example.org
To: Jocelyn Andersen, newsdesk
Subject:We have chosen not to distribute your news release “Freedom for Christian Women Coalition petitions CBMW to repent of war against women”
Apr 6, 2014 11:44:12 PDT
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Freedom for Christian Women Coalition
petitions CBMW to repent of war against women
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
In 2010, the newly formed Freedom for Christian Women Coalition (FreeCWC) sent by FedEx a demand that the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) apologize for their destructive teachings against women as outlined in the Danvers Statement, a harmful document released in 1987 which has united churches across denominational lines and has been adopted and implemented within denominations and local churches worldwide.
To date, almost four years later, CBMW’s response has been dead silence.
However, in 2010, Al Mohler, a council member of CBMW and President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary which is headquarters to CBMW—an influential seminary that aggressively supports the oppression of women through the precepts of the Danvers Statement—did attempt to censure FreeCWC through a tweet suggesting that supporters of the Apology Demand seemed to be “confused and poorly organized.”
With 200+ signatures, and rising, Christian men and women are uniting in demanding change within the evangelical community regarding the derogatory attitudes and teachings against women propagated through CBMW, an organization committed to the complete subjugation of women both on earth and—according to Dr. Bruce Ware, a council member of CBMW, Professor of Christian Theology, and Father-In-Law to Executive Director Owen Strachan—throughout eternity.
The petition can be viewed and signed at: http://chn.ge/NrF3eV
Shirley Taylor can be reached by email at: bwebaptist.women AT live DOT com
Cindy Kunsman can be reached by email at: undermuchgrace AT gmail DOT com
History of FreeCWC and the Apology Demand at ABPNews/Religious Herald:
Links to FreeCWC: