Thursday, September 11, 2008

Palin -vs- Patriarchy

This Presidential candidates have yet to appear in their first debate, but the secondary debate over whether mothers should hold civic office is in full swing. Here's a CNN clip of Pastor Voddie Baucham debating Margaret Feinberg, moderated by CNN correspondent Kyra Phillips. Each side holds their own pretty well, but things do become a little intense at the end . (Note: The discussion begins at 1:00 after the news about Iraq.)

Doug Phillips follows up with what he believes might have been Baucham's answer to the final question.

For those that think that Palin is a theocrat in disguise, the fact that Pastor Baucham is speaking out against her should quickly dispell that myth. Few, if any, women who hold a Christian theocratic worldview would accept the nomination for Vice President. Their reason can be found in the Tenets of Biblical Patriarchy, #13 and #14 hosted on Phillip's Vision Forum site.

While Pastor Bauchum maintains that, as a mother, Palin should follow the biblical mandate to be a "keeper of the home" the extreme left side of this cultural divide is claiming that Palin is not even a woman. Wendy Doniger, Professor of the History of Religions at University of Chicago’s Divinity School wrote,

"Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman. The Republican party's cynical calculation that because she has a womb and makes lots and lots of babies (and drives them to school! wow!) she speaks for the women of America, and will capture their hearts and their votes, has driven thousands of real women to take to their computers in outrage. She does not speak for women; she has no sympathy for the problems of other women, particularly working class women. "
So much for being pro-choice. It appears you can't even be a woman anymore if you don't make the choices "real" women would make. Can someone please explain to me how having only one one child and dropping them off at the bus stop or day care makes a women more sympathetic to the problems of other women and able to speak on behalf of all women?

Honestly, taken together, the extreme right and the extreme left are making Palin seem mainstream. I'm sure that's exactly what McCain was aiming for when he picked her.

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