Tue Sep 09, 2014 at 11:08 AM PDT
In a 2001 blog post under the pen name William Wallace II, Driscoll blatantly asserts his patriarchal understanding of women’s role in the world, essentially calling them “penis homes”:
The first thing to know about your penis is, that despite the way it may seem, it is not your penis. Ultimately, God created you and it is his penis. You are simply borrowing it for a while.
While His penis is on loan you must admit that it is sort of just hanging out there very lonely as if it needed a home, sort of like a man wondering the streets looking for a house to live in. Knowing that His penis would need a home, God created a woman to be your wife and when you marry her and look down you will notice that your wife is shaped differently than you and makes a very nice home.
Therefore, if you are single you must remember that your penis is homeless and needs a home. But, though you may believe your hand is shaped like a home, it is not. And, though women other than your wife may look like a home, to rest there would be breaking into another man’s home. And, if you look at a man it is quite obvious that what a homeless man does not need is another man without a home.
Religious figures have also weighed in.
One prominent sheik, Nasser al-Omar, led a delegation of more than 100 sheiks to the royal court in Jeddah to appeal to the king against “the conspiracy of women driving,” as he said in a video posted online.
Another cleric, Sheik Mohammed al-Nujaimi, described the campaign as a “great danger,” saying it would lead to ruined marriages, a low birthrate, the spread of adultery, more car accidents and “the spending of excessive amounts on beauty products.”
New York Times October 28, 2013 (Ben Hubbard)
But Laycock’s is a lonely voice among advocates of religious exemptions. More typical is Rick Warren, the evangelical megachurch pastor, who says the battle to preserve religious liberty “in all areas of life” may be “the civil rights movement of this decade.” Warren goes on to say — I am not making this up — that “Hobby Lobby’s courageous stand, in the face of enormous pressure and fines,” is the equivalent of the Birmingham bus boycott.
When I read that kind of rhetoric from our country’s loftier pulpits, I understand why the fastest-growing religious affiliation in America is “none.”
The Conscience of a Corporation
By BILL KELLER
Last Updated: 8:58 PM ET
Priest Puts Blame on Some Victims of Sexual Abuse
By SHARON OTTERMAN
Published: August 30, 2012
A prominent Roman Catholic spiritual leader who has spent decades counseling wayward priests for the archdiocese provoked shock and outrage on Thursday as word spread of a recent interview he did with a Catholic newspaper during which he said that “youngsters” were often to blame when priests sexually abused them and that priests should not be jailed for such abuse on their first offense.
“At the end of last week, the state’s most important Roman Catholic leader, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, designated the bishop of Brooklyn, Nicholas A. DiMarzio, to be the church’s point man in Albany. Bishop DiMarzio has at times provided interesting insights on this issue. In 2004, he suggested that accepting same-sex marriage could put New York on a slippery slope toward condoning marriage between humans and animals.
“You want to reduce something to the absurd, which is basically rhetorical use of an image: Why can’t we have marriages between people and pets?” the bishop said during a radio interview. “I mean, pets really love their masters, and why can’t we have a marriage so they could inherit their money?” (Not to ride this train of thought too long, but Leona Helmsley showed it was possible for a dog to inherit money without the trouble of a wedding.)
Asked if same-sex unions may be a pathway toward other forms of legally sanctioned marriage, Bishop DiMarzio said, “It certainly is.”’
NY Times June 20 2011
June 20, 2011, 8:44 am
I Now Pronounce You Noun and Adjective
By CLYDE HABERMAN