Responding to an e-mail defending the subordination of women, Andrew Sullivan writes:

The strength to be subordinate! And this comes from a religious tradition that began with a man who defied almost every social convention of his time and treated women — even single women — as his equals; who never married and broke up the families and marriages of his disciples; who told his own parents as a teenager that they had no final control over him; and whose best friends were a single woman and a single man who is described in the Gospels as resting his head on Jesus’ breast in an act of profound intimacy. How you get the subordination of women and the persecution of homosexuals from all that is beyond me.

The exchange brings succinct clarity to a key difference between Christ-centered Christianity, and the political ideology practiced by Focus on the Family and its allies — including a recent Bush administration judicial nominee.

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