Since I blogged about Liberty Counsel earlier, I thought I would give equal time to that scary group, Concerned Women For America. Here is their mission statement:
The mission of CWA is to protect and promote Biblical values among all citizens – first through prayer, then education, and finally by influencing our society – thereby reversing the decline in moral values in our nation.
Scary, scary, scary. And no different from the Taliban. And again, they have the same problem as the "Liberty" Counsel–they think there was a golden era when the morals of this country were better. I wish they would be specific here–like a year, or a decade or something more solid that what they state. I can’t imagine it was before the time when women weren’t allowed to vote, so that would put it sometime after that. It must be before women had the right to have a safe abortion, so before Roe vs Wade. I guess that narrows it down a bit…
Here is their vision statement:
The vision of CWA is for women and like-minded men, from all walks of life, to come together and restore the family to its traditional purpose and thereby allow each member of the family to realize their God-given potential and be more responsible citizens.
As a guy, I don’t know if I want to be an official member of the Concerned Women For America…
I see they want to restore things again, so same problem as above. I wonder what a "God-given potential" is? My guess is to harass and extinguish all other forms of resistance to the CWfA form of "christianity." And by "family" I am guessing they do not include gay people. I suppose that really isn’t even a guess on my part.
And here is just a part of their statement of faith:
We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God and the final authority on faith and practice.
That is the scariest part, at least for me as a church historian. There is no way that the text we have as the Bible looks exactly like what the original was. There are over 5,000 manuscripts (sometimes just tiny scraps) and the oldest comes from the late second century and is only a couple of verses long. Some of these are in manuscript families, but there are still differences from text to text. It is rare to find a group that are exactly the same. It is not possible to say what the original looked like–we can only make some very good guesses.
And I suppose they would only get pissed off if I told them that the Gospel of Mark was written first, even though it comes second in the list…
Any good Bible will tell its readers that. But I imagine the CWfA use a specific bible that didn’t mention this highly important fact. Sure, what might have been the original could have been directly from the word of God, but to call what we have now as the text of the bible inerrant is totally and absolutely wrong. What we have is a text created by biblical scholars who hope that they are right in what they have put together. Just take a look at different bibles and the truth is totally clear–they all are different! How can that be ‘inerrant’ And, thus, how can a group call this text ‘the final authority on faith and practice’? These people have been led astray by power-hungry fundamentalists who are now no-doubt rich because of how they manipulate people. I don’t feel sorry for them though since anyone with a couple of brain cells can look up this information on their own. If anything, these groups should be feared. They are religious fanatics, much like other fanatics who seek to impose, by force if necessary, their own brand of religion.
Oh, and if you want to look up material on how the Bible was put together, see Bruce M. Metzger, The Test of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration, 3rd ed (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992).