Over at Midwest Conservative Journal, Chris Johnson takes apart the president of Union Theological Seminary, who has an article in the Huffington Post about women’s ordination. You should read his smackdown in its entirety, but I want to raise just one question here. This is the money quote from Serene Jones’s piece:
The statistics on women’s religious leadership in present-day America are dismal. While there are increasing numbers of Protestant and Jewish communities that recognize women’s equality, the vast majority of Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the United States worship in denominations and congregations that categorically deny women’s access to top-level, ordained positions. What’s especially disheartening is that the sexism found in these religious communities is not as subtle as what’s now found in the public sphere. On the contrary, it is shouted from the rooftop and proclaimed from the pulpit. There’s no embarrassment about it, no promise of change, no pretense of re-thinking this position. Instead, the “Women Need Not Apply” sign flashes in neon lights. It’s God’s will.
Faith systems are often the source of our core-truths and provide our moral compass. Given that most Americans consider themselves religious, what does it mean that women’s perceived inferiority is still a central theme in many worship services? How can we expect our nation to honor basic principles of equality in public life when that’s not what people are taught to believe in church?
The ignorance of traditionalist communions (Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Presbyterian, Lutheran, evangelical, etc.) exhibited here is staggering, but not really surprising. But that’s not the real issue. That would be embodied in this question: why is it is that the head of a seminary that is a bastion of tolerance, multiculturalism, and diversity-mongering sounds so incapable of giving even the slightest respect to a form of Christian belief that is contrary to her own?
Not that there’s really any doubt about the answer.