By Steve Griffin - Posted at Just Thinking (and writing):
Several weeks ago I lamented the hypocritical response of the “Christian Right” to the sexual mistreatment of women and children.1
It’s a new year but nothing’s changed.
Consider this spot-on (and from my perspective heartbreaking) commentary.
Conservatives need to be clear and honest in this circumstance. The strong, moral commitment to the dignity of women and children recently asserting itself in our common life has mainly come from feminism, not the “family values” movement. In this case, religious conservatives have largely been bystanders or obstacles. This indicates a group of people for whom the dignity of girls and women has become secondary to other political goals.
We are a nation with vast resources of moral renewal. It is a shame and a scandal that so many religious conservatives have made themselves irrelevant to that task.2
I assure you, dear reader, such was not always the case. Early Christians were entirely relevant to the cause of women.