Evangelical Optimism Global North and South
Global Survey of Evangelical Protestant Leaders Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Yesterday we expressed grave concerns about the impact of a particularly virulent form of evangelicalism in America, a vision supported by Texas Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry.
Not only has Perry proposed that Texas succeed from America (a vision we endorse) but that America become a theocracy, much like Iran. Read Hear This Rick Perry, If Oprah Is a Harlot, I Am a Harlot, Too.
This new in-depth report on global evangelicalism is also very concerning, given our focus on improving the lives of the world’s women. Like Catholicism as expressed by Pope Benedict, global evangelicals do not believe in the advancement of women, except within proscribed roles of submission to male governing authorities.
All women are subordinate to men, according to 79% of global evangelical leaders who agree with the Vatican on the role of women. We are subordinate helpmates, charged with childrearing and maintaining the home, under his guidance.
We are not viewed as both mothers and political leaders committed to the advancement of women worldwide. The latter is men’s work, and evangelical leaders are not committed to the advancement of women, which goes against the core of their patriarchal principles.
It’s not our claim that these religions do nothing for women. The Vatican does invest in treating women with AIDS, but they do not allow her a condom to protect herself from getting AIDS in the first place. Our point is that women’s rights will always be subordinated to the religious belief that men are in charge.