This is the most-viewed article on today’s SMH online: “All religions degrade women“.
AN ANGLICAN archbishop has linked Taj el-Din al Hilaly’s inflammatory comments on women with the degrading image of “the sheila” in pub culture and the failure of Sydney Anglicans to ordain women.
The Archbishop of Perth, Roger Herft, has compared Sydney diocese’s refusal to ordain women priests with some Islam thinking that repressed women and gave them status as second-class citizens.
This teaching in the Sydney diocese is the major reason that I don’t go along to the church my husband plays organ and piano for on Sundays. I’m not religious, but I have no problem associating with people of goodwill who are religious, and I do go every now and then for christenings etc. But I’ll be blowed if I’ll go willingly on a regular basis to a church where Paul of Tarsus’ views on excluding women from the hierarchy based only on their gender are given such prominence and viewed as eternal rather than obsolete standards.
The archbishop of Perth is right to point out that the difference between those teachings and those of Sheikh Hilaly is only one of degree, not of kind.