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Every woman should be an atheist. At the very least, they should not be followers of the Abrahamic god. Ignorance plays a huge part in why women are Christians. Islam and Judaism are also sexist but the focus on Christianity is related to it’s popularity. There is no justification for the blatant inferiority women have in the Bible nor is there any justification for ignoring parts of a religion someone may not like. Religion is all-inclusive. To cherry-pick religion is to say you know better than your god and/or that your holy text is wrong. Choosing Christianity as a belief system equates to declaring women as second-class citizens.
From the third chapter of Genesis on, the Bible reinforces the idea that women are inferior to men and should be treated as such. After Adam and Eve’s fall from grace, God declares Eve’s punishment:
To the woman he said,
“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children.Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
As far as parables go, this one says more about God than it does about Eve. He creates the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, knowing that Eve would eat the fruit given his omniscience, and dictates that they must not eat the fruit. The very existence of the tree precludes a successful result because Adam and Eve couldn’t have known it was evil to disobey God unless they had eaten from the tree. The biblical deity does not take accountability for his own machinations though, he instead punishes his creations and forces woman to submit to man’s authority.
The objectification continues in every instance of Biblical war. More than once, God dictates that the Israelites should commit mass genocide but provides a caveat for virgin women which the Israelites should keep for themselves to rape. Leviticus, known for it’s homophobic prose, dictates that menstruating women are unclean and anyone they come into contact with are also unclean.
Timothy 2:11-12 states, “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp the authority over a man, but to be in silence.”
The Bible wants women to be silent and submissive and many Christian churches still refuse to allow women in positions of authority. Pervasive ideas such as these are the foundation of sexism.
Women are not less-than. This isn’t the Bronze Age and we, as a species, are better than sexism. Reject misogyny and by default, reject Christianity. To do so is to embrace the women around you as worthwhile, equal human beings.
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