Women bishops

Once again the conservative foaming-at-the-mouth Bible bashers are showing their intolerance by opposing a move that would allow women to be ordained as CofE bishops. Fortunately the General Synod has voted in favour of the motion, although it’s likely that it’ll be watered down in a code of practice which will seek a compromise with the ‘traditionalists’ who oppose the move. They want to have male ‘super-bishops’ so that the ‘traditionalist’ parishes can work under a male bishop instead of the female bishop who may be in their area. How is this any different from the sexism that exists in the church now? It just creates a 2-tier system, once again telling women that they’re not equal. Is it just me or could ‘traditionalist’ be switched with ‘bigoted’ in almost every usage of the word on this subject?

What is the big deal? These sexists have been pointing to the Bible in places like Mathew 5 where he names the disciples and saying that they’re all men, and so all the bishops should be men too. So what? They were probably all ethnically Middle-Eastern with dark hair, too, so should we only let middle-eastern dark-haired men be bishops? Of course not! And in 2 Timothy 2, the word ‘man’ is used to describe someone who could teach others about the grace of God. So what? The passage was written in a sexist time when slavery was condoned. Fortunately we’ve moved on from those times, but these ‘traditionalists’ wouldn’t mind going back. These people are hiding behind their Bibles, claiming that they can’t ‘in conscience’ go along with it, when in reality it’s nothing more than sexist bollocks. I’ve watched people with blatently sexist opinions being interviewed on TV, sometimes by female journalists, and not once does anyone come out and say “hold on a sec, you’re saying women aren’t good enough. You’re a sexist.” Where is the moral objection to having women bishops? Why would God be so outraged with women becoming members of the clergy? Why is it so important that people are threatening to leave the church over it? Put your dress and your funny hat back on, shut up and get back to lying to people for a living.

Once again, this is a classic example of people interpreting their religious texts in different ways and coming to very different conclusions about an important issue. For me, it’s high time we stopped tolerating intolerance hidden beneath the religious banner.

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