Evangelicals, Trump, and Women
by CW Brown
“Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.”
The United States’ Women’s March on January 21nd certainly animated a variety of responses from both its participants and its onlookers. So much so that it became difficult to understand its importance. As such, I’m trying my best to unpack why I think it happened and why it’s relevant to many women whose voices are desperately needed in these uncertain times.
With the election of a government deemed unsympathetic to their wellbeing, women were acutely aware of a backward shift in our political climate. They wanted to make their voices known, to preempt any attack that would undo their hard-fought gains in equality over the last century. They wanted the freedom to choose, to be respected, to be taken seriously, and most importantly, they didn’t want their voices lost in the wilderness. They want to make their own decisions regarding their wellbeing, but our current president, due to many cognitive biases, does not believe that they should be granted that right. He believes that women should be seen as objects for men’s satisfaction and entertainment. As his famous quote “grab them by the pussy” demonstrates, Donald Trump doesn’t take women and their call for equality seriously.
However, while I do not see our president as anything close to a religious man, his views of women are definitely mirrored by much of our country’s religious conservatives. The Christian doctrine, not unlike Judaism and Islam, perpetuates the mentality that men should have the dominant role in the household as well as the larger society. It rings through the halls of our churches, down the streets of our cities, and even echoes in the chambers of our Congress in Washington D.C. Unfortunately, this is now being emulated through the thoughts and actions of the leader of the free world. In the long run, I hope that Trump and his allies reject what 1st Timothy suggests. I don’t want women to be silent; they should speak loudly and make themselves unmistakably known. I not only want them to reject the authority of a conservative, patriarchal government, but I want them to reform it. Lastly, women of the United States have begun to strike back against injustice, because as Martin Luther King said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Women in America must condemn the encroaching fundamentalism and derogatory attitudes thrust upon them by this new administration. This will not only protect their rights here at home, but also the rights of every women on this planet dealing with the sharp and deadly poisonous arrows of regression that weaken the power of their voice and the improvement of their lives.