Back in the 60s there was a movie called “The President’s Analyst”. At one point the analyst (psychiatrist) is captured by a Russian spy, who says something that turned out to be disturbingly prophetic: “Every day Russia becomes more capitalistic, and America becomes more socialistic. Eventually we will meet in the middle and join hands.”
People are easy prey for gradual attacks; we’ve seen it in the US for a long time in the political realm. But I am seeing the same sort of assault on women in Christianity, and it has now reached a very ominous stage. I have assembled here a brief comparison between the teachings of many respected Christian leaders and the official teachings of Islam. I will take Islamic quotes from The Religion of Peace; other quotes are cited with their individual sources.
- Sura (2:228) - “and the men are a degree above them [women]”
- Sura (24:31) - Women are to lower their gaze around men, so they do not look them in the eye.
- Sura (2:223) - “Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will...”
- Bukhari (62:81) - “The Prophet said: ”’The stipulations most entitled to be abided by are those with which you are given the right to enjoy the (women’s) private parts (i.e. the stipulations of the marriage contract).’" In other words, the most important thing that a woman brings to a marriage is between her legs.
- Ishaq 969 - “Men were to lay injunctions on women lightly, for they were prisoners of men and had no control over their persons.” - This same text also justifies beating women for flirting.
- The fourth Caliph, who was Muhammad’s son-in-law and cousin, said just a few years after the prophet’s death that “The entire woman is an evil. And what is worse is that it is a necessary evil.”
- A traditional Islamic saying is that, “A woman’s heaven is beneath her husband’s feet.”
- The revered Islamic scholar, al-Ghazali, who has been called ’the greatest Muslim after Muhammad,’ writes that the role of a Muslim woman is to “stay at home and get on with her sewing. She should not go out often, she must not be well-informed, nor must she be communicative with her neighbors and only visit them when absolutely necessary; she should take care of her husband... and seek to satisfy him in everything... Her sole worry should be her virtue... She should be clean and ready to satisfy her husband’s sexual needs at any moment.” [as quoted from Ibn Warraq]
- “A wife’s submission to her husband should parallel the church’s submission to Christ. ” (CBMW)
- “God has placed the husband in the position of responsibility.” ( CBMW )
- “Christian fathers will be built-up and encouraged in their role as spiritual leader of the home.” (Source) [Note the insulting disclaimer there: “We ask that these CDs be listened to by men only. We would not want to stir up expectations in a mom’s heart that might not be fulfilled and then be a source of discouragement for her.” In other words, “Don’t hold your husband to these principles, but by golly, you’d better hold to the rules he makes for you!”]
- “The first and golden duty of a Christian wife in the home is SUBMISSION [sic] to her own husband (Eph. 5:22). This is first demonstrated when on their wedding day she publicly admits to forfeit her fathers name and takes pleasure in being called by her husbands name. She recognizes and accepts him as her God-given head and leader of the newly formed home… If the altar of intercession collapses in the home, he is to be blamed.” (Source)
- “…God, by creating Adam first (Gen. 2:18; 1 Cor. 11:8) and also by creating woman for man (Gen. 2:18,20,22; 1 Cor. 11:9), has set the gender-based role and responsibility of males in the most basic unit of society (the family) to be that of leader, provider and self-sacrificial protector (also cf. Eph. 5:25; 1 Peter 3:7), and likewise has set the gender-based role and responsibility of females to be that of help and nurture (Gen. 2:18) and life-giving (Gen. 3:20) under male leadership and protection (cf. 1 Peter 3:7)…” CBMW
- “Adam’s headship in marriage was established by God before the Fall, and was not a result of sin.” CBMW, The Danvers Statement, Affirmation #3
I would invite any of my readers to add to the comparison, as I have only shown the tip of the iceberg. We could also add a ton of anecdotal evidence, such as the prairie dress / burkha parallel.
Any religious system which treats any human as less than human (treats, regardless of the rhetoric offered in an effort to make subservience into equality), which gives entitlement to one over another, which tries to homogenize all men into this and all women into that (same for any other kind of prejudice), which bases spiritual things on the flesh, is an ungodly and un-Christian one, and thus a fake. The same goes for any system of salvation by good deeds, by hidden knowledge, or by mystical practices. Elitism is elitism, and it’s not a Christian virtue.
The picture is from The Religion of Peace as of May 1, 2009. It was taken in Albania.