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Australia: One step forward, three steps back

August 27, 2012
The Diocese also offers marriage guidance counselling services...

The Diocese also offers marriage guidance counselling services…

Sydney Anglican diocese to introduce new marriage vow in which women promise to ‘submit’ to their husbands.

…there has been a slow, intense creep of anti-women sentiment in Sydney since 1992, when the national church voted to allow dioceses to decide for themselves whether they would ordain women priests. Since then, Sydney’s refusal to has become the touchstone of orthodoxy, where retrograde views on women are not just taught, they are flaunted as a subject of pride. Women cannot lead and rarely preach (unless only to other women and children.)

And what has not been reported is that now they are being told that not only must they submit to husbands, and men in their churches, but also, alarmingly, men in their workplaces….

Christian women, Spencer argues, must have a feminine leadership style, which means being “consultative, collaborative and relationship-building”. They should not be authoritarian, aggressive or directive, or lead in a coercive style or a “pace-setting” style, which means setting “high standards of excellence” and having “little sympathy for poor performance”. (One can only ponder the low bar for performance the alternative might present.)

An exception can be made if, for example, a building is burning down and a coercive leader is needed to save a life. Phew. A woman can tell you what to do if, say, you are on fire.

Julia Baird — SMH

It’s the thin end of the wedge, I tell you. Let them start giving orders just because people are on fire, and the next thing you know they’ll be saying we can’t spit on the pavement.


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