A conservative group at the Values Voter Summit today (Friday, September 14) calling themselves “Modesty Matters” was given a table on which to distribute their pamphlets, which attack women’s immodest dress and tells them to “go home and put some clothes on.”
Apparently the war on women doesn’t stop at abortion, healthcare, and redefining rape. Now even women’s choice of dress is being called into question by the right. And the reasoning? Men are visually-dominated beasts who can’t control our lustful impulses.
Paul Ryan was a speaker at this event, further characterizing himself as having anti-women stances. Excerpts from two pamphlets at the summit, entitled “Modesty: It’s Nothing To Be Ashamed Of” and “True Woman Manifesto,” respectively, are below, courtesy of Think Progress:
- From the “Modesty: It’s nothing to be ashamed of” pamphlet:“Since men are particularly visual, immodesty in church can trigger lustful thoughts.”
“My men’s bible study group talks frequently about controlling our lust, thoughts, and eyes. Yes the problem and responsibility are ours, but is it really reasonable for the women of the church to make it THIS difficult for us?”
- From the “True Woman Manifesto”: “All women, whether married of single, are to model femininity in their various relationships, by exhibiting a distinctive modesty, responsiveness, and gentleness of spirit.”
And yet, that isn’t even where the incredulity stops. A quick internet search will reveal that Modesty Matters doesn’t have, as of yet, a website (another group for sewing called Modesty Matters does, but they aren’t the same), but the “True Woman Manifesto” does. It’s quite frightening, in fact, for anyone interested in maintaining the secularity of our nation or the current progression of women’s rights. Below is the so-called manifesto:
WE BELIEVE that God is the sovereign Lord of the universe and the Creator of life, and that all created things exist for His pleasure and to bring Him glory.
WE BELIEVE that the creation of humanity as male and female was a purposeful and magnificent part of God’s wise plan, and that men and women were designed to reflect the image of God in complementary and distinct ways.
WE BELIEVE that sin has separated every human being from God and made us incapable of reflecting His image as we were created to do. Our only hope for restoration and salvation is found in repenting of our sin and trusting in Christ who lived a sinless life, died in our place, and was raised from the dead.
WE REALIZE that we live in a culture that does not recognize God’s right to rule, does not accept Scripture as the pattern for life, and is experiencing the consequences of abandoning God’s design for men and women.
WE BELIEVE that Christ is redeeming this sinful world and making all things new, and that His followers are called to share in His redemptive purposes as they seek, by God’s empowerment, to transform every aspect of human life that has been marred and ruined by sin.
To that end, we affirm that…
Scripture is God’s authoritative means of instructing us in His ways and it reveals His holy pattern for our womanhood, our character, our priorities, and our various roles, responsibilities, and relationships.
We glorify God and experience His blessing when we accept and joyfully embrace His created design, function, and order for our lives.
As redeemed sinners, we cannot live out the beauty of biblical womanhood apart from the sanctifying work of the gospel and the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Men and women are both created in the image of God and are equal in value and dignity, but they have distinct roles and functions in the home and in the church.
We are called as women to affirm and encourage men as they seek to express godly masculinity, and to honor and support God-ordained male leadership in the home and in the church.
Marriage, as created by God, is a sacred, binding, lifelong covenant between one man and one woman.
When we respond humbly to male leadership in our homes and churches, we demonstrate a noble submission to authority that reflects Christ’s submission to God His Father.
Selfish insistence on personal rights is contrary to the spirit of Christ who humbled Himself, took on the form of a servant, and laid down His life for us.
Human life is precious to God and is to be valued and protected, from the point of conception until rightful death.
Children are a blessing from God; women are uniquely designed to be bearers and nurturers of life, whether it be their own biological or adopted children, or other children in their sphere of influence.
God’s plan for gender is wider than marriage; all women, whether married or single, are to model femininity in their various relationships, by exhibiting a distinctive modesty, responsiveness, and gentleness of spirit.
Suffering is an inevitable reality in a fallen world; at times we will be called to suffer for doing what is good—looking to heavenly reward rather than earthly comfort—for the sake of the gospel and the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom.
Mature Christian women have a responsibility to leave a legacy of faith, by discipling younger women in the Word and ways of God and modeling for the next generation lives of fruitful femininity.
In case you didn’t read the whole thing, I’ll call attention to one of the more disturbing parts. We are called as women to affirm and encourage men as they seek to express godly masculinity, and to honor and support God-ordained male leadership in the home and in the church. When we respond humbly to male leadership in our homes and churches, we demonstrate a noble submission to authority that reflects Christ’s submission to God His Father. This sexist nonsense is what was peddled at the event presumptive vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan decided to speak at. This is what we can expect with the God-based GOP in command of our nation. Constitutionally-guaranteed secularity be damned!
This attitude properly belongs in the 1920s, but is getting clear representation in the 2013 GOP platform. On which side do you stand?
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