Look, Im sorry about this. I dont mean to pick on anybody, honest. But Im trying to blog weekly if I possibly can, and that means I need to find something to comment on every week, and its much easier to comment on things I disagree with. And this is a topic on which I often encounter opinions I disagree with. So it will tend to come up. And Parliament wasnt in session for the year when I began writing, and my only lecture over the summer is Chemistry, which doesnt generate many disagreements. So its back to religion. My previous post discussed a conflict between Christianity and progressive politics, and thats also the topic of this one. Sorry.
There was an argument on a friends Facebook over how sexist the Bible is. In my experience there are two ways these kinds of argument go, and this was the more common one, between Christians and non-Christians who agree that sexism is bad, disagreeing over whether the Bible is sexist (and therefore bad). The other way it goes is when Christians who think sexism is bad (and therefore the Bible cant be sexist) argue with Christians who think the Bible is sexist (and therefore sexism cant be bad). Either way, the non-sexist Christians always end up in a bit of a bind. You can get feminist messages out of the Bible if you wring it hard enough, of course, but then with sufficient verbal gymnastics you can get any message out of any text. Let me demonstrate, using a deliberately outrageous example.