Have you heard some of the arguments why women should not be ordained?  Perhaps we should try applying them to men...


  1. Men are too emotional, as evidenced by their conduct at football matches.

  2. A man’s place is in the army.

  3. Some men are so handsome, they will distract female worshippers.

  4. Their physical build indicates that men are more suited to tasks such as chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions.  It would be unnatural for them to do other forms of work.

  5. In the Gospel accounts, the person who betrayed Jesus was a man.   His lack of faith and his ensuing punishment stand as symbols of the subordinate position that all men should take.

  6. Men are prone to violence.  No really manly man wants to settle a dispute other than by fighting about it.  Thus, men would be poor rôle-models, as well as being dangerously unstable in positions of leadership.

  7. Man was created before woman, obviously as a prototype.  Thus he represents an experiment, rather than the crowning achievement of creation.

  8. For men who have children, their duties might distract them from the responsibility of being a parent.

  9. Men can still be involved in church activities even without being ordained.  They can sweep paths, repair the church roof, and maybe even lead the singing on Father’s Day.  By confining themselves to such traditional male rôles, they can still be vitally important in the life of the Church.

  10. Because women could not respect a man dressed in a skirt.


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