Friday, August 24, 2007

Ahem. Excuse me while I...

step up on my soapbox.
I watch the Today Show every morning. I love Meredith and Matt, but Ann Curry is my favorite. That has nothing to do with this though.
I was watching the Today Show this morning and saw the upcoming story (which of course I didn't get to see) for "Texas School Begins Homemaking Degree." Per usual thoughts regarding this kind of thing, I turned to Adam and said, "Only in Texas." I can say this because I live in Texas. I said the same thing when the Today Show featured a Dallas supermarket adding spas on their second level so that women can get a massage and pedicure while someone else does their grocery shopping, thanks Whole Foods.
The bonus of my position at work is my volumous time spent on the internet. So after time with my friend Google, I found numerous articles on Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary adding a women only concentration in homemaking.
I need to preface with something that may surprise some of you. I plan on staying home with my children, God willing we can have any.
But I also don't feel that it is necessary for a woman to feel edified by literally getting herself a Mrs. Degree. What if in the end this woman is called to remain single? It happens. Then she is not prepared to enter any sort of professional workplace. I was always teased a little by Adam and his engineering buddies about my choice to major in English, but I've proven time and again that there are multiple careers for this seemingly ambiguous degree.
But what really gets me riled up was what the president of the seminary is quoted to have said.
"We are moving against the tide in order to establish family and gender roles as described in God's word for the home and the family. If we do not do something to salvage the future of the home, both our denomination and our nation will be destroyed."

Ok, multiple websites have completely ripped the poor guy apart, I feel bad about that, but there are sooooo many things wrong with that series of statements that it almost makes me break out in hives just thinking about it. I can think of multiple women in the Bible that worked outside of the home. None to the detriment of their family. I'm not a Bible scholar thought so I'm open for criticism. In fact Proverbs 31 praises the woman who works outside of their home.
I agree that the future of "the home" especially in America is in danger. Children are left alone with no supervision, there is divorce, mixed family homes, abuse, etc. But teaching women to better cook and sew in the Baptist denomination is not going to do anything about fixing this. Most Baptists are not necessarily the homes that will lead to the nation being destroyed. Geez. Our nation is going to be destroyed because of poorly cooked lasagna? My home would have been in shambles long ago if this was true.
I'm going to stop before I burst a blood vessel in my head. I'll just keep singing Whitney Houston's "Children are the Future" to myself.
Here are to articles if you would like to read them for yourself.
One from The Christian Post
The Today Show Blog

1 comment:

Bebemiqui said...

Yikes, how many people are REALLY going to plunk down money for that kind of degree???
Dude, one more instance of people paying for things that community ought to teach them.