A Religious Liberal Blog

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Monday, February 04, 2008

Dangerous Women

Here's a piece on several women who have been dismissed from their positions in conservative congregations because they believed in women's equality and the church took a different view.
One of the stories is shocking: You have to imagine a 71-year-old woman showing up for church, one she attended for 50 years, and being arrested because she refused to leave.

As worshipers settled into the pews at Allen Baptist Church, Pastor Jason Burrick grabbed his cellphone and dialed 911. When a dispatcher answered, the preacher said a former congregant was in the sanctuary. “And we need to have her out A.S.A.P.”

Later, 71-year-old Karolyn Caskey, a church member for nearly 50 years who had taught Sunday school and regularly donated 10% of her pension, was led out by a state trooper and a county sheriff’s officer..in handcuffs.
It's hard to imagine a religion which claims "there is no male nor female" in Christ, where open table fellowship defined it's origins has come to this point where elderly women are dragged off by the police for wanting to attend church. God save the church.


At 4:38 AM , Anonymous carlton figg said...

I read with a great deal of consternation the story of the elderly woman being dragged out of church. I'd like to know what the other members of the congregation were doing. The pastor would never get away with something like that without the tacit support of the people in the church. Methinks there's more to the story than meets the eye. Another question -- was the old lady posing some sort of threat while sitting in church ? If not, then the action against her can only be described as inhuman and ungodly.


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