Christians told to stop beating their wives
October 5, 2006
Further proof today that it’s no longer fun to ridicule the Church as they make such fools of themselves without anybody’s help. The latest report by the Church of England says that “calling God ‘He’ encourages men to beat their wives.” ‘A view of our relationship with God in terms of domination and submission, along with uncritical use of masculine imagery to characterise God, can validate “overbearing and ultimately violent patterns of behaviour” in intimate relationships’, it says. So, Christianity dirves people to beat their wives (sorry, wife.) And all because of that macho imagery. Now all over the country Christians will be saying ‘Oh my God, just in case He’s a She better not beat up the old lady tonight.’ I can’t see, however, how swapping a relationship with God seen in terms of domination and submission for, presumably, a sort of matey chumminess is going to help. What might would be getting these people to adopt a rather more submissive attitude by making it clear to them that God will beat the living daylights out of them if they so much as touch their partner. After all, if God, as they tell us, is all-knowing, all-loving and all-powerful, shouldn’t we feel just a little bit inferior ourselves?
Back to the wife-beating. “Domestic abuse is fundamentally an abuse of power, and many conceptions of God derived from the Bible and the Christian tradition have portrayed divine power in unhealthy and potentially oppressive ways,” state the guidelines. Well, at last Christians are recognizing that their religion is fundamentally unhealthy. The report also sounds the death-knell for the traditional marriage vows in which the husband promises “to love and cherish” his wife “till death us do part”, while the wife promises to “love, cherish, and obey” her husband. This I am very much in favour of- the responsibility of having to give orders to one’s wife, making sure they were strictly adhered to and administering the occasional beating when they weren’t was beginning to get a bit tiresome. There might be one or two more anachronisms the Church could sweep away, too.