21st Century Christian Hucksterism and Misogyny
It has been a while since my last blog post ( a week to be exact). Life has become quite busy and my blogging must move down my priority list for the time being. I will continue to blog. However, I think my goal of daily blog posts, which I have been able to accomplish at times in the past, will need to take a backseat. I will try to write as often as I can. With that bit of housecleaning out of the way, we can move on to today’s topic.
I was skimming The Christian Post and came across an article by Scott Brown (not the GOP Senate from MA, but the Scott Brown who is a pastor at the Hope Baptist Church and director for the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches). The article was titled, 5 Man-Killers That Threaten to Take Men Down. The article is chock-full of general nonsense which I expected. What we will encounter is the typical Christian theme of trying to convince someone (in this case men) that there is something wrong with them. Then…once the credulous party agrees, the good Christian will miraculously offer the cure—Christianity and god. This of course is an old tactic and is pure rubbish. At other times, I found it downright offensive and quite misogynistic.
Brown’s first “man-killer” is fear. This point is nothing more than jibberish and nonsense. It can be summed up by the following quote, “They do not really believe that God is sovereign, so they are constantly obsessing over the threats to their security”. I must admit, I have never met a male human being who goes around “living in a state of low-grade comfort about themselves and what might happen to them” because they are not sure that god is sovereign. It sounds to me like Brown is just spinning this to keep men on the religious side of the fence. Either way, Brown offers no evidence to back up his claim that this is an epidemic facing men…probably because it most clearly is not. Some evidence: the vast majority of males on this planet do not believe in Brown’s version of god…and they get along just fine. Brown is creating bogeymen.
The second “man-killer” described by Brown is lust. Well…you knew we were not going to get through this Christian list without sex making its appearance. Apparently to Brown, all men are locked in a constant battle with their lustful urges…some even give in to watching pornography. This is clearly nonsense. Most men that I know, myself included, are not walking around all day trying to keep “lustful” urges at bay. Brown then launches into more jibberistic nonsense stating, “Trust the Word of God and take action, “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you.” (Matt. 5:27-30)” Is he suggesting that those men out there who watch porn should gauge their eyes out? I hope not…but you never know with some fundamentalists…
The third “man-killer” deserving Brown’s attention is anger. Brown would have us believe that all men are walking around with a constant feeling of intense anger. Brown writes:
“They are angry with their wives, bosses, pastors, brothers, and friends…God keeps sending imperfect people into their lives, and they are angry about it. They never learned how to love those imperfect people. They are always disappointed in someone.”
What the heck is he talking about? I only know one person who has that much anger. That person would be my father, who in his 70’s, should have received psychological help decades ago. No question about it. The guy is always pissed at someone. I never understood how he could go through life that way. I would agree with Brown that people who are in this state have a seriously problem…yet I only know one person who fits the bill. This is certainly not epidemic. Second, I do not know anyone who is constantly angry because all they encounter are imperfect people and cannot simply find a way to love them. This is pure nonsense on Brown’s part.
The fourth “man-killer” that Brown writes about is feminism. This is where he becomes highly offensive. I will let him speak for himself:
“Many men are feminists at heart. They have “PMS” – “Passive Male Syndrome.” Except with men, it is not isolated to once a month. They get there honestly by simply growing up in a culture that is breathing feminist air.
Their brains have been pickled in feminist juices for so long that they don’t even know how deeply their thinking has been saturated. From the time of their birth, they have been steeped in feminism via the media and their pagan education.
When you breathe feminist air all your life as most of us have, it is almost impossible to be a real man. There are many symptoms. For example, men won’t lead. They won’t teach. They won’t exhort their wives. They are afraid of their daughters. They won’t restrain their children. They are not willing to die for anything. They think, “Nothing is that important anyway. Hand me the remote.”
Men, silence this man-killer by rising up to uphold God’s design for men and women. “But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man” (1 Cor. 11:3). Remember that this condition is a sign of a culture in collapse, “As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them” (Isa. 3:12). “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Eph. 5:25-27). Men, do your job regardless of what the culture has told you. Stop being ashamed of what you are. Stand up and act like a man.”
The above passage has led me to be symptomatic of Brown’s previous “man-killer” of anger. What Brown is clearly stating is that men are not equal to women. Men hold a higher status in all things over women. He even provides the bible quotes to back up his view. Yet, most men are unaware of their biblically granted entitlement due to the facts that we have had our brains saturated and had pagan educations. Brown is a clown. However, he is a dangerous misogynistic clown.
Brown feels the only way to be “act like a man” is to be a misogynistic asshole and dominate the female members of your home, and elsewhere. Brown has no idea what a “real man” is. He is stuck in the definition from 2,000 years ago. You see Mr. Brown, a “real man” is secure enough in his own person to realize that every other human being on this planet is his equal—other men, women, and children. Race, religion, creed, color, sexual orientation, etc are also irrelevant. “Real men” do not need to point to a book of fairy tales to set themselves up with some sort of privileged position. You see, Christianity doesn’t produce “real men” it produces insecure misogynists like Brown.
The last “man-killer” described by this misogynist clown is abdication. You see, Brown feels that, “ Men have been given specific jobs” by god of course. He points out that it is quite easy to abdicate these responsibilities to others. He is basically saying that many men are pre-occupied with sports, their jobs, technology and other things when they should be focusing on taking care of their families. While I am sure that this does happen, I think Brown would be hard pressed to provide evidence showing that most men do not care about their families and are abdicate their husband/fatherly duties. In my limited and subjective experience, I think most men care deeply about their wives and children and would do most anything for them.
In closing Brown’s piece is pure fundamentalist garbage. It is designed to make men feel like they are ill, that there is something wrong with them, that only the church and god can correct. This is one of the largest problems that many atheists have with religion. Christianity spends so much time and effort trying to convince people that there is something wrong with them, only to shout, “but wait, we have the cure!” once the person finally admits they have a non-existent problem. This is hucksterism at its finest.
I would also like to point all Christians to Brown’s comments on feminism the next time they try to tell me that Christianity is not sexist or misogynistic. Yes. It very much is. If you are a Christian and disagree, then to be quite honest, you are probably a bad Christian…and the rest of us are better off because of your laxity. Like it or not, Christianity is an evil, separatist, bigoted, misogynistic religion. Want proof? Read the bible.
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