The evil that men do

March 24, 2010

The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones. — Act 3, scene ii of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Seems it’s become my custom now to look to Pharyngula for inspiration as regards skepticism topics since the demise of the RDF forum, and PZ comes through again. It’s hard to imagine a school where women aren’t allowed to vote, or even speak, on the subject of firing the school’s principal.

Get a church involved, though, and suddenly it all becomes quite feasible. Oh, where. In some foreign country? Texas perhaps? No, this time it’s Wisconsin.

Hartwig’s father, a former pastor, authored a document years ago questioning Lutheran doctrine that says women shall not have authority over men. Church members say Hartwig, who has been principal since the summer of 2003, was accused of distributing that document to some members of the congregation.

And this is why the churchmen voted to fire him, and that they chose to silence their women while doing so is just a symptom of the disease. I would be curious to see if the women of this Lutheran church, and the men who disagree with this misogynistic tripe, step up and do something about it. Do they have the guts to question this authority? Where else might that lead them? Or will the church’s indoctrination win out.

How a husband can treat his wife this way, or a mother, or a daughter…it’s beyond me. But it’s an excellent example of the Shakespeare quote. The legacy of this Lutheran church, and the cherry-picked verses out of their bible that they use to justify their behavior, is undoubtedly an old and long-lived injustice.



  1. i think mysogyny is a fundamental part of the abrahamic traditions brother.

  2. Not bad article, but I really miss that you didn’t express your opinion, but ok you just have different approach

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