Thursday, August 31, 2006

New Lesson Plan

Why was longtime Sunday school teacher Mary Lambert fired from her job at the First Baptist Church of Watertown, New York?

A. She sought ordination as a minister in the church
B. She drove a pregnant teenaged girl to an abortion clinic
C. She destroyed three surplus embryos left over from her recent (and successful) in vitro fertilization procedure
D. She’s a woman

D: She’s a woman.

The Rev. Timothy LaBouf, who did the firing, said the church recently adopted an interpretation of the Bible that prohibits women from teaching men – despite Mary Lambert’s 54 years of previous service at the church.

LaBouf pointed to a quote in the first epistle to Timothy, which reads in part, “I don’t not permit a woman to teach of to have authority over a man; she must be silent.”

The Taliban would be proud!


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