Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association (AFA) stated on his radio show yesterday that political leadership should be in the hands of men and if people angrily disagree with his assertion then that proves that they don’t have a well-reasoned argument. Since Mr. Fischer can’t seem to understand why women might be passionate about his suggestion that we go back to being little more than the chattel of men, I will try to explain as calmly as possible what an ill-informed, misogynistic douchebag this video shows him to be.
Here’s the video:
The basis for his stance is Paul’s letter to the women of Ephesus in 1 Timothy 2:11-12 which states, “Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, not Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.” This well-researched article from Christian Feminism explains how the mistranslation of the words “Hesuchios/Hesuchia” and “Authentein” changes the entire meaning of these verses and also demonstrates that Paul referenced the Creation story in order to reprimand only the women of Ephesus for following false teaching, not every woman in the world. Paul’s friendship with Priscilla also bolsters this interpretation because she was recognized as an authority on Jesus and preached his gospel throughout her life and there is no indication that Paul had any problem with this.
Mr. Fischer’s statement that Jesus only had male disciples is also questionable if you look at all historical documents, not just the books that powerful men decided would be handed down as the true teachings of Jesus Christ. Christianity was a much more diverse religion in its early days and The Gospel of Mary, first discovered in 1896, shows some of the rich Christian history that was suppressed by men. In this text, Mary of Magdala is a disciple of Christ, not the whore that later male church leaders tried to portray her to be. As an agnostic, I don’t know whether some kind of God inspired any of these writings but I do know that cherry-picking a few lines from a recent translation of some ancient text to justify saying that all women in our modern, secular society should accept second-class citizenship is both infantile and asinine. And I hope that doesn’t come across as too angry. I wouldn’t want to offend Mr. Fischer’s delicate male ego.