Rosa Louise McCauley Parks, “ an icon of resistance “ and designated by the United States Congress as “ the First Lady of civil rights “ and “ the mother of the freedom movement “ was fighting DISCRIMINATION when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.
In retrospect, she was being disparaged not merely for being black but she also was a woman — double jeopardy!
Absolutely similarly, those calling for our women pastors to be equal in stature to their male counteparts, are fighting DISCRIMINATION. (misogyny under another name ).
Adventists of your persuasion, Groucho, are so like Catholics!
For many years I owned a home mere steps from Notre Dame, in the heart of the French capital. That cathedral, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, has her image emblazoned in every niche and cranny of that monument.
She is usually represented cradling the infant Christ in her arms.
Except for the Pieta behind the altar, Christ is ONLY represented as an infant, in His mother’s arms. In many ways the Virgin has replaced Christ.
When I peruse TW’s articles in the Review, there is such a proliferation / plethora / profuseness of EGW pronouncements — they outweigh the Biblical texts.
Such an extravagant cornucopia of quotes is an agrandizement of one woman to the exclusion and debasement of all others.
One Christmas Eve I took my daughters to the MIDNIGHT MASS at Notre Dame, not to celebrate the sacrament, but for the glorious music in their liturgy. It was standing room only and we were crowded against the sixty foot high doors in the back of the church.
On the stroke of midnight, those doors parted, and in swept the crimson cloaked Cardinal , followed by his retinue. My astute younger daughter, a mere teenager at the time, acerbically observed : Look Dad, just like the Adventist church—NO WOMEN,
And indeed , there was not a single nun, not even a Mother Teresa, in that male assemblage. Yet everywhere, a profuseness /proliferation / plethora of images to Mary.
Just as the Catholics elevate the Virgin to the pinnacle of Paradise, while treating their nuns shabbily (compared to their priests ). So conservative Adventists place EGW, a woman, on a pedestal, while denying every other Adventist female equality.
The conflation of Catholicism and conservative Adventism in this regard is striking.
Western Adventists, as opposed to their Third World counterparts, have been raised egalitarian, treating their women with honor and not as chattels.
They have EVERY RIGHT to demand that their church does the same, even if it means civil,disobedience.
This is indeed a fight against DISCRIMINATION just as Martin Luther King fought for EQUAL RIGHTS.