Women Becoming Targets for Violence in Egypt

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 Muslims Target Female Missionariesprotecting 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.”

Headlining a Non Event

A story on Fox News caught my eye.  The headline said, “Taliban May Lift Ban on Education for Women.”  I thought to myself, “Wow! Maybe pressure from the Christian West is finally paying off in Muslim countries, which have often been much less amenable to women’s rights than Christian countries.”

Even on Fox News, however, headlines are not always what they appear.  Remember the headline?  It was followed by officials making statements about what they think Taliban might be doing (as in they think might begin to offer women the right to be educated).  After a couple of blissful paragraphs of wishful thinking, the reporter reluctantly reports the truth:

Unfortunately, no one from the Taliban as ever voiced a similar position and recent events make Minister Wardak’s statement seem unbelievable.

What were the recent events in question?  The recent events were physical attacks by Muslim terrorists against schools that allow girls to be educated.  So much for wishful thinking.