The Apostle Paul once lamented the fact that he was guilty of throwing women into prison (Acts 22:4). Though it is politically incorrect to say, it is also patently obvious to see that women are, according to the Scriptures, the “weaker vessel.” As the typically more physically dominant of the two sexes, the man (again, according to the Scriptures) has an added responsibility to honor and respect the woman, ensuring her well-being. If he fails, then his relationship with God suffers, as his prayers will no longer be heard (according to 1 Peter 3:7).
I bring up this topic because not all religions and not all government authorities think the same way about protecting women. Even in the U.S., some are grossly offended at the notion of a man “protecting” his wife. Still, hidden within the most liberal critique of Christian instruction lies a biblical necessity of protecting the woman from harm. So, Susan B. Anthony—a champion of women’s rights—once stated:
Trust me that as I ignore all law to help the slave, so will I ignore it all to protect an enslaved woman.
Her comments came against a critique levied against her when she decided she had to help an abused wife run away from her abusive husband. (Sadly, it is true that women need to be protected from men at times, when they should be protected by them). Biblically, the call is clear that women are to be honored and protected.
As controversial as the above statements may feel to some, they are completely benign in the global realities of this present world. The Christian view does not demean women; it protects them, honors them, and counts them as equals before God. The Muslim view, well…
In Egypt, the U.S. Embassy has put out a notice for female missionaries to be on extra alert because, apparently, they are being targeted by violent Muslims. According to the Embassy, there is “credible information suggesting terrorist interest in targeting U.S. female missionaries in Egypt.”
I have been reading about Mrs. Hassan, and I am stunned that her story is not being reported as ardently as, say, important stuff like Ted Haggard. If you don’t already know about Aasiya Hassan, you will be shocked, too. Newspapers are going out of business… and it isn’t just because of the internet. Mainstream news media are unable to report because of ideological blinders. Aasiya Hassan is proof.
Aasiya Hassan has been featured in stories around the country as a good example of the American face of Islam. Against the backdrop of Muslim terrorists beheading victims around the world and posting the videos on-line, the Hassans offered a more irenic form of Islam. Aasiya’s husband launched a TV channel which was committed to showing the other side—the peaceful side—of Islam. For his efforts, Mr. Hassan was praised, and Aasiya sat nicely and quietly beside him through all the accolades of a favorable press.
But Aasiya is dead now. Her husband killed her. In fact, he beheaded her. There are reports that he had beaten her before. Mark Steyn, as is usually the case, gets right to the heart of the matter with his blog post titled, Headless body in gutless press. Michelle Malkin has covered the case, too, complete with a picture of the “happy” couple.
For my part, the press is not really my concern. The press is biased. I understand that, and I understand why they don’t think they are biased. I get that. What I don’t get, though, is how we are able to repeat the mantra, “All faiths believe the same things.” It is not true. It never has been. And it never will be. We need to get this reality through our thick heads: Ideas have consequences. The ideas of Islam lead to death. (See here for Muslim view of women).
Perhaps we do understand Islam. Maybe we are continuing to stick our heads in the sand because we know the truth about Islam, and we think the safest place for our heads is to keep them submerged in the sand.
Couples are deciding to stay together instead of getting divorced. While we can all shout “Hooray” to such good news, we should first understand the reason couples are staying together. Apparently, it’s too expensive to get divorced! This story speaks of the reality that divorce takes a huge toll on home economics. Divorce has caused many (particularly women) to live in poverty. More and more people are realizing that fact. Where it used to be that couples would stay together for the kids; now, couples are staying together for the cash. Read the article…