Comments: Equal Pay Day

The Great Loud Religious Voice, proclaiming that we are all innately valuable as humans created by the same, gracious Creator - is keenly contradicted by that other Great Loud Religious Voice which has long proclaimed that whites get to order people of color around, men get to lord it over any and all women of any and all ages, and straights get to vote about what sort of life (if any) queer folks get to imagine, let alone actually live out.

Push is coming to shove. One side erases, blanks out, and contradicts the other side. All of the alleged traditional reasons for the inferiority of people of color, women, queer folks - compared to the supers - have been ringing empty and mean-spirited for quite a while now.

Tinkling bells, ringing empty.

Posted by drdanfee at Sunday, 18 October 2009 at 7:41pm BST

"Hence, for Christians, the equality that human beings have with each other comes from their commonality in being creatures of the one Creator. The dignity of each human person comes from our being made in the image of God. Similarly, the inalienable rights that human beings possess without distinction, for Christians, are rooted in the understanding of God as Creator who bestows innate worth on humanity." - Fran Porter, article in Ekklesia -

What a good explanation of the commonality of our humanity in Christ. I really do believe that this is what Paul was enunciating (maybe even without fully understanding it's far-eaching implication at the time) when he wrote "In Christ, there is neither male nor female, Greek nor Jew, slave nor master.."

The Early Church still had difficulties with this prohetic utterance, maintaining, as it did, the distinct categories of male headship, early Jewish supremacy, and a continuing culture of slave and master. However, in succeeding eras of the Church; national boundaries were crossed, slaves were emancipated, and now the place of women in the Church is being recognised. In this latter culture of continued discrimination, it has been the Church which has had to learn from society how to emancipate the women in our ranks.
Let us not now miss this opportunity to affirm a situation that has already been recognised by the world at large.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 20 October 2009 at 3:20am BST
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