Volume 7, Issue 5: Similitudes
TFOE & PITC
Your work has recently been brought to the attention of the chairperson of our
taskforce, who took the liberty of passing copies of your letters on to me. I
am the chair of the subcommittee working on what we consider to be the quite
serious problem of religiously-based bigotry and sexism. And, speaking quite
frankly, some on our committee thought your letters were quite a specimen of
what we are up against.
I am writing you in the hope that I might confirm your meaning at several points.
As we read through these passages, we thought it impossible for anyone in this
enlightened age to hold to the sentiments you apparently expressed, and sometimes
expressed quite blatantly. If you feel we have misread you at any point, could
you please respond immediately? A detailed complaint has already been filed with
the Committee of Discipline, so it would behoove you to reply as soon as possible.
As you well know, no church can function without disciplineI trust that you will
prove to be more compliant than the authoritarian tone of your letters makes
In the letter you wrote to the fundamentalist assembly at Ephesus, you appeared
to say that a womyn should obey her domestic equal as though he were the Lord.
Womyn are really supposed to treat their domestic equals like they were little
gods ? Our subcommittee was thunderstruckare you prepared for the flood of domestic
equal abuse this teaching will bring about? Really. . . And when you wrote
to the Corinthians (already well-known for their sexual abuse of womyn), you
added to the degradation of the womyn in that city by saying that they were created
for their domestic equals. Surely you know that all such intolerance and domineering
were banned at the General Assembly of 57?
This same pervasive "maleness" can be seen in your insistence upon logical reasoning
and systematic analysis of Holy Scripture. Your reputation for scholarship used
to be considerablewhat are you doing among such doctrinal mossbacks!and so
you should know that the new hermeneutic of tolerance is firmly established in
every respected seminary and graduate school.
In contrast, throughout your letters you consistently use the masculine case
endings when referring to our Lord. Perhaps this was an oversight on your partbut
the General Assembly settled this issue a decade ago. In all theological writing,
at least half the references to Christa must use the feminine ending, and use
the feminine pronouns in referring to Her. Paul, God is bigger than the little
male box you want to put Her in. The consensus of our subcommittee was that your
grandiose expressions of sovereignty actually betray a clear desire on your part
to limit God. He is infinite, and this means Her mind is filled with infinite
grays. Paul, imitate us as we imitate our loving and accepting Christ; we must
all learn to live in the dynamic tensions of the grays. We trust we will hear
back from you soon .
For a fair and just church,
Marsha Mann, M. Div., Th.D.
TFOE&PITC is committed to a radical discipleship which calls upon professing
Christians everywhere to break with the oppression of all forms of unscriptural
patriarchy. The Taskforce does not discriminate based upon race, age, sexual
preferences, national origin, body weight or size, hair color, religion (intolerant
religion excepted), shoe size, intelligence, body odor, or anything else.