Monday, April 7, 2014

Does the Christian Newswire Support the Subjugation of Women?

Originally posted at UnderMuchGrace.com

The Freedom for Christian Women Coalition(FreeCWC) and Jocelyn Andersen have used the Christian Newswire in times past to distribute press releases. The news service featured an announcement of the Seneca Falls 2 Evangelical Women's Rights Convention on July 2, 2010, noting the formation of the FreeCWC.

Perhaps that is why the Coalition was so shocked to learn this morning that the Christian news distribution service, a subsidiary of the Christian Communication Network, has decided to censure their press release concerning the petition to the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood(CBMW). The FreeCWC decided to wait to submit a press release to celebrate the collection of 200 signatures, and was thus was made by co-founder Andersen on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10:55 AM. Christian Newswire sent the notice of decline by email on the evening of April 6th.


Andersen spoke with an individual named Gary McCullough at the agency on the morning of April 7th. She was told that a committee reviews submissions, and it was their decision to “not distribute” the news release. McCullough would not disclose the reason for the censure.

Read the email that Andersen received as well as the original press release below.

We encourage the public to contact Mr. McCullough to let him know how disappointed we are that the Christian Newswire will only support press releases in favor of the subjugation of women.

And naturally, the reader is invited to sign the petition if they have not already done so.

Also of interest is the appearance of the Biblical Womanhood Statement arising from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary(SWBTS). One wonders how this substantially differs from the True Woman Manifesto and their program which this writer findsmanipulative. The Associated Baptist Press published an article suggesting that this new initiative at SWBTS was a response to the FreeCWC petition. Read more about the president of the seminary, his wife, and their participation with CBMW at a recent article at The Wartburg Watch. Apparently, they are also preparing to make a submission to the Christian Newswire. May theirs be approved.


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From: Dan McCullough dan@christiannewswire.com 
To: Jocelyn Andersen, newsdesk 
Subject:We have chosen not to distribute your news release "Freedom for Christian Women Coalition petitions CBMW to repent of war against women" 
Apr 6, 2014 11:44:12 PDT
Receipt No: 2601-5764-1199-0128

Dear jocelyn e andersen,
Christian Communication Network just sent you a full refund of $140.00 USD for your purchase. 
If you have any questions about this refund, please contact Christian Communication Network.
This refund will appear on your credit card statement as credit from PAYPAL *CHRISTIANCO.
If you have any questions, please contact Christian Communication Network. 

Dan McCullough, 
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Freedom for Christian Women Coalition
petitions CBMW to repent of war against women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

In 2010, the newly formed Freedom for Christian Women Coalition (FreeCWC) sent by FedEx a demand that the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) apologize for their destructive teachings against women as outlined in the Danvers Statement, a harmful document released in 1987 which has united churches across denominational  lines and has been adopted and implemented within denominations and local churches worldwide.

To date, almost four years later, CBMW’s response has been dead silence.

However, in 2010, Al Mohler, a council member of CBMW and President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary which is headquarters to CBMW—an influential seminary that aggressively supports the oppression of women through the precepts of the Danvers Statement—did attempt to censure FreeCWC through a tweet suggesting that supporters of  the Apology Demand seemed to be confused and poorly organized.

After four years with no response from CBMW, the FreeCWC has now taken their demand toChange.org in the form of a petition to Owen Strachan, Executive Director of CBMW.
With 200+ signatures, and rising, Christian men and women are uniting in demanding change within the evangelical community regarding the derogatory attitudes and teachings against women propagated through CBMW, an organization committed to the complete subjugation of women both on earth and—according to Dr. Bruce Ware, a council member of CBMW, Professor of Christian Theology, and Father-In-Law to Executive Director Owen Strachan—throughout eternity.

The petition can be viewed and signed at: http://chn.ge/NrF3eV

Co-founder of FreeCWC, Shirley Taylor, and Special Consultant to FreeCWC, Cindy Kunsman, are both available for comment.

Shirley Taylor can be reached by email at: bwebaptist.women AT live DOT com
Cindy Kunsman can be reached by email at: undermuchgrace AT gmail DOT com


History of FreeCWC and the Apology Demand at ABPNews/Religious Herald:

Links to FreeCWC:

Freedom for Christian Women Coalition petitions CBMW to repent of war against women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

In 2010, the newly formed Freedom for Christian Women Coalition (FreeCWC) sent by FedEx a demand that the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) apologize for their destructive teachings against women as outlined in the Danvers Statement, a harmful document released in 1987 which has united churches across denominational  lines and has been adopted and implemented within denominations and local churches worldwide.

To date, almost four years later, CBMW’s response has been dead silence.
However, in 2010, Al Mohler, a council member of CBMW and President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary which is headquarters to CBMW—an influential seminary that aggressively supports the oppression of women through the precepts of the Danvers Statement—did attempt to censure FreeCWC through a tweet suggesting that supporters of  the Apology Demand seemed to be confused and poorly organized.

After four years with no response from CBMW, the FreeCWC has now taken their demand to Change.org in the form of a petition to Owen Strachan, Executive Director of CBMW.
With 200+ signatures, and rising, Christian men and women are uniting in demanding change within the evangelical community regarding the derogatory attitudes and teachings against women propagated through CBMW, an organization committed to the complete subjugation of women both on earth and—according to Dr. Bruce Ware, a council member of CBMW, Professor of Christian Theology, and Father-In-Law to Executive Director Owen Strachan—throughout eternity.

The petition can be viewed and signed at: http://www.change.org/petitions/owen-strachan-for-the-sake-of-all-christians-of-all-genders-we-demand-that-cbmw-apologize-publicly-for-their-misuse-of-holy-scripture-and-for-the-inestimable-harm-suffered-by-women-and-families  

Co-founder of FreeCWC, Shirley Taylor, and Special Consultant to FreeCWC, Cindy Kunsman, are both available for comment.

Shirley Taylor can be reached by email at: bwebaptist.women@live.com
Cindy Kunsman can be reached by email at: undermuchgrace@gmail.com

History of FreeCWC and the Apology Demand:
2010 http://www.abpnews.com/archives/item/5370-christians-demand-apology-for-anti-women-teaching#.Uz2dXaIfOSo
2010 http://abpnews.com/archives/item/5411-evangelical-group-still-waiting-for-apology#.U0ALpqIfOSp
2010 http://abpnews.com/archives/item/5768-video-of-womens-rights-meeting-posted-online#.U0AL4KIfOSp
2014 http://abpnews.com/ministry/organizations/item/28501-petition-asks-gender-role-group-to-repent#.U0ALcaIfOSo

Links to FreeCWC: www.FreeCWC.com

 www.facebook.com/FreeCWC  www.twitter.com/FreeCWC

Christian Communication Network Censures FreeCWC Petition

Jocelyn Andersen spoke with Gary McCullough this morning. McCullough would not disclose the reason behind the censure. Details below.

From: Dan McCullough dan@christiannewswire.com

2:46 PM (18 hours ago)

to Jocelyn Andersen, newsdesk
We have chosen not to distribute your news release "Freedom for Christian Women Coalition petitions CBMW to repent of war against women"

Dan McCullough,
Christian Communication Network
2020 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20006
202.546.0054

www.ChristianNewswire.com

Christian Communication Network just sent you a refund

















Apr 6, 2014 11:44:12 PDT
Receipt No: 2601-5764-1199-0128
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If you have any questions about this refund, please contact Christian Communication Network.
This refund will appear on your credit card statement as credit from PAYPAL *CHRISTIANCO. If you have any questions, please contact Christian Communication Network.
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Shirley says to Jump in the Line to get on board!


Today, Shirley Taylor invited everyone to join the FreeCWC in the signing of the petition.  Will you join us?  

Stop by her blog,  bWe Baptist Women for Equality, where she shares her heart for the Church and the Daughters of Zion.


We voice a demand with the petition "Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: For the sake of all Christians of all genders, we demand that CBMW apologize publicly for their misuse of Holy Scripture, and for the inestimable harm suffered by women and families." We and need your help to get it off the ground.
Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? You can sign it anonymously and your name will not appear on the list. Here's the link: http://chn.ge/Ox6CnW
We voice a demand because all previous petitions have been ignored. We cry out for justice for all those who have suffered, directly and indirectly.
At a time in our church history that the main focus should be on winning lost souls and spreading the gospel to a hurting world, we fear for the future because the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood has placed a greater priority on women’s submissive role rather than on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Additionally the Council on Biblical Manhood and Woman is endorsing the heresy that male headship will continue on into Heaven, and that males will eternally rule over their wives, and that wives and children will eternally be submissive to the husband and father in the family.
Click on the link to read what the CBMW endorses on their website and in their Spring 2006 Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.  Relationships and Roles in the New Creation. (Article by Mark David Walton, Senior Pastor, Glenwood Baptist Church, Oak Ridge, Tennessee).
It is with that thought in mind that we make this petition.
Note: The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’s office is located on the campus of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Supporters include Southern Baptist Convention leaders like Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler and Russell Moore, head of the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary responds to the petition? Hmmm. I wonder...

http://www.abpnews.com/faith/theology/item/28519-seminary-website-lists-aspects-of-biblical-womanhood#.Uz1hcfldX_EHave complementarians decided to respond to the petition demanding an apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womahood (CBMW)? 


Another new article at the Associated Baptist Press News has suggested that such may be the case. 


Bob Allen wrote on March 31st in his article Seminary website lists aspects of 'biblical womanhood':

“Sadly, many times our efforts to define our values lead to misunderstanding and even negativity,” the article says. “Here at Biblical Woman, we’ve encountered these misunderstandings about what we believe about women and what we teach at Southwestern Seminary. And we decided to do something about it.
Sponsors say the statement isn’t intended to replace the Baptist Faith and Message, which teaches that wives should submit to their husbands in the home and that women cannot be senior pastor of a church, or the Danvers Statement, the doctrinal basis for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood based in Louisville, Ky.

“These remain two primary statements that help define what we believe, and we’re not trying to replace either of these,” the article says. “But we do want to share a biblical foundation for the issues concerning a woman’s life that is for women, by women.”

Recently a group calling itself the Freedom for Christian Women Coalition posted an online petition at Change.org accusing the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood of putting the issue of female subordination ahead of the gospel and demanding the retraction of teachings the petitioners say are harmful to women.

The Biblical Woman Statement doesn’t mention that controversy, but it defends “complementarianism,” the view that males and females complement each other in their different roles and duties. A 2013 blog entry titled “Biblical Womanhood 101: What We Really Teach at Southwestern” defines the view as “equal yet distinct.”

Read the entire ABPNews article HERE.

Link HERE to read more about the group advancing the new list defending complementarianism -- the Biblical Woman program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

I suppose that time will tell if this new statement truly serves as a response to counter the FreeCWC petition.  At least it's more substantive than an insulting tweet.  

We also can't help but wonder if the new tag line and buzz phrase at CBMW will become "equal yet distinct"?



https://www.change.org/petitions/owen-strachan-for-the-sake-of-all-christians-of-all-genders-we-demand-that-cbmw-apologize-publicly-for-their-misuse-of-holy-scripture-and-for-the-inestimable-harm-suffered-by-women-and-families

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dr. Mimi Haddad of Christians for Biblical Equality signs the Petition!

Thank you, Dr. Haddad and all who have signed for raising your voices to call for justice for Christian women everywhere!  Read Mimi's rationale and many more at the Change.org website.  We're currently at 207 and counting!





Tuesday, March 25, 2014

FreeCWC's Petition in the Associated Baptist Press News

Many thanks and much gratitude to ABP News for their astute reporting of this important effort!



A 2010 petition being recycled at Change.org
claims that an organization based at
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
emphasizes wifely submission over the gospel.

By Bob Allen (March 24, 2014)


An online petition posted recently at Change.org challenges the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood to apologize for what the sponsors say is the misuse of Scripture to keep women in their place.

At a time in our church history that the main focus should be on winning lost souls and spreading the gospel to a hurting world, we fear for the future because the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood has placed a greater priority on women’s submissive role rather than on the gospel of Jesus Christ,” says the petition, which surpassed 100 signatures March 20.
The petition is sponsored by the Freedom for Christian Women Coalition, a group that made similar demands in 2010 after a conference promoting women’s equality in the church and home in Orlando, Fla.

Shirley Taylor, the founder of Baptist Women for Equality who drafted the petition, said the group is renewing its demand because previous petitions went ignored. Taylor, a lifelong Southern Baptist who worked nearly 15 years as a ministry assistant for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, launched Baptist Women for Equality in 2009.

Taylor says many people in the pews are unaware of “complementarianism,” a theology popular among leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention that she says was behind changes to the Baptist Faith and Message in 1998 and 2000 declaring that women cannot be pastors and that a wife is to “submit herself graciously” to her husband in the home.

Taylor co-founded the Freedom for Christian Women Coalition with Jocelyn Andersen, an evangelical author and speaker who described her story as a survivor of domestic abuse in a 2007 book titled Woman Submit! Christians & Domestic Violence.

Cynthia Kunsman, an author and blogger who specializes in the topic of “spiritual abuse,” says complementarianism is an attempt “to make patriarchy and gender hierarchy more palatable to modern Christians.” While the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood states that man and woman are “equal but different,” she says, the group defines “different” as “very much unequal in privilege, power and function.”

Kunsman said in a March 24 blog that teachings such as Eve, the first woman, was responsible for original sin and that women are the derivative or indirect image of God because Eve’s source material was taken from Adam’s body make women “readily available dehumanized scapegoats who deserve an ill fate.”

Kunsman said the complementarian paradigm also sets up a false dichotomy between the sexes, presenting the wife as an adversary out to usurp her husband’s authority. Therefore it’s understandable if he beats her, and if he does, the Bible says she cannot divorce him but is to remain in submission as a witness in hope of converting an unbelieving spouse.

But Kunsman said she is most concerned about the movement’s doctrine of God. Complementarian theologians claim that roles of husband and wife are modeled in the Godhead, and if the Son is “eternally subordinate” to the Father in the Trinity, godly wives have no right to complain about their “helpmeet” role in the church and home.

The petition says men are being taught that they are “god-like” in their relationship to women, and “this doctrine is setting them up for failure as Christian fathers, husbands and sons.”

It says church leaders commit sin “when they deny the love of Christ fully to women simply because they were born female” and that giving headship to husbands and fathers causes harm to families.
The statement also expresses concern about “wife abuse, girlfriend abuse and abuse to female children that takes place in many homes where evangelical men are taught that they have earthly and spiritual authority over women.”

The petition asks the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood to apologize for harm done by The Danvers Statement, the group’s statement of core beliefs, which has been adopted at SBC seminaries with the result that female professors are no longer permitted to teach men.

Owen Strachan, executive director of the council based in Louisville, Ky., with offices on the campus of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, did not respond to a request for comment by email.

Click here to link to Change.org to sign.

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