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Feminism seems to be a naughty word to a lot of Christians. To me, feminism has to do with equal rights – voting rights, equal pay for equal work, that kind of thing. But to many conservative Christians, feminism seems to mean something much worse. I keep hearing the word “agenda” with the word and I would like to understand what the big deal is. I’m stuck on this issue and as much as I read what “they” are trying to say about feminism, I can’t quite make the connection as to why it is so evil. What exactly makes feminism evil and an enemy to the Christian faith?
Denny Burk is one of many whom I follow on Twitter and tonight I came across a tweet to his new article: Married man and father of two sons becomes a woman. This is a controversial subject with moral implications to be sure. The article features an NBC video involving this family. I didn’t look at the video. Burk has a couple of notes about the video with a paragraph under each note. Here is the sentence that popped out at me regarding feminism:
This is the logical consequence of feminism and mainstream gender theory.
I don’t understand what this means. It is obvious that his definition of “feminism” is different from mine, so I left a comment. Guess what? It remains unpublished. Yet as of this writing, two other comments came in after mine and were published. See the screenshot for yourself and note the times. Mine shows that it is awaiting moderation. Hmmmmmmm (Edited to add: Please see update at bottom of post.)
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Here’s Burk’s bio posted on his blog:
I don’t think I’ve had any run-ins with Denny Burk before. Why would he not want to help someone understand? Y’all probably know how I feel about someone not allowing me to speak on the internet. That same old feeling comes back to me when my voice is taken away (not quite as triggering as my former pastor), but this guy is also in Christian leadership. I find this irritating.
Whenever someone in Christian leadership doesn’t allow legitimate questions or comments, all I see is this:
I read his Comments Policy. He allows opinions different from his own as long as they are civil. I think my comment is civil. He says commenters must use first and last names and no pseudonyms. It is true that my last name is not there, but my name is hyperlinked to this site and my name is all over this blog. And did you notice the bottom comment is a pseudonym which was in fact approved/published. What’s up with that?
If I post something on my blog that someone doesn’t understand or would like more clarification, I answer. It’s not a threat to me to ask a question. It’s about dialogue and understanding. The guy the is an associate professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and an associate pastor. Aren’t pastors and professors supposed to teach? It’s a simple question, for crying out loud.
So, as you can see, I have a couple of issues going on:
- I’m upset that my comment remains in moderation and yet two other comments were published after mine.
- I want to understand how he sees that feminism leads to this moral decline as he suggested.
Obviously he doesn’t want to help me out. So now I shall turn to you, my faithful readers and friends. Please help a girl out. Someone, anyone – – does anyone understand where this guy is coming from? What is so evil about feminism? How do we get from feminism to transgender acceptability in society? What happened along the way for that to happen? How is this one group of “feminists” responsible for moral decline? Am I a feminist if I think women should have the right to vote and get equal pay for equal work? Life was sure a lot easier when I was a kid.
* * * * * UPDATE: Please be sure to read this comment about a response from Burk: May 6, 2013 @ 8:30 AM
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