Huckabee: women’s role in marriage is to “graciously submit”

Huckabee’s opinion on gay marriage is out there, but we should also be publicizing Huckabee’s opinions on heterosexual marriage. Specifically, what he believes about a women’s role in a marriage.

In August of 1998, Huckabee was one of 131 signatories to a full page USA Today Ad which declared: “I affirm the statement on the family issued by the 1998 Southern Baptist Convention.” What was in the family statement from the SBC? “A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.”

The ad wasn’t just a blanket, “we support the SBC statement,” but rather highlighted details. The ad Huckabee signed specifically said of the SBC family statement: “You are right because you called wives to graciously submit to their husband’s sacrificial leadership.”

Add “graciously submit” to his “Take back the nation for Christ” statement, and if the media does its job, he’s well on his way to being toast.

[original article]


4 Responses

  1. Huckabee is a nutter. He’ll never be elected.

  2. Ummm… well….. Ephesians says the wife’s role is to submit to their husband, and that husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church (sacrificial leadership). But that kind of “submission,” and the kind that Huckabee is agreeing with, is NOT the kind of slaveish mentality that we generally associate the word “submit” with.

    If a husband is loving his wife as Christ would (by definition, sacrificing for her), is there any problem with submitting? If a husband is asking her to do something that is not within “loving her as Christ loved the church” (i.e. leading her to sin or ungodliness), then she has no biblical requirement to obey!

    So…. I guess my question is: Could there possibly be anything wrong with that kind of relational dynamic? Because that is what Huckabee means when he is referring to the SBC’s stance in that…

  3. The dictionary defines submit as the following: Unabridged (v 1.1) – Cite This Source – Share This
    sub·mit /səbˈmɪt/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[suhb-mit] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation verb, -mit·ted, -mit·ting.
    –verb (used with object) 1. to give over or yield to the power or authority of another (often used reflexively).
    2. to subject to some kind of treatment or influence.
    3. to present for the approval, consideration, or decision of another or others: to submit a plan; to submit an application.
    4. to state or urge with deference; suggest or propose (usually fol. by a clause): I submit that full proof should be required.
    –verb (used without object) 5. to yield oneself to the power or authority of another: to submit to a conqueror.
    6. to allow oneself to be subjected to some kind of treatment: to submit to chemotherapy.
    7. to defer to another’s judgment, opinion, decision, etc.: I submit to your superior judgment.

    I had the unfortunate experience of growing up in the southern baptist clutches. And from the SBC / biblical definition, women aren’t submitting to chemotherapy. Submission is yeilding to superiority. Men are not superior. And to say that men and women are equal in the eyes of god is just lip service. If a god deemed men to be the authority or keepers of women no matter how much the women are loved and coddled by said man, it’s no god I want to worship. That’s just revolting. You often here that a ship can’t have two captains yet the most efficient of companies are run by a board or committee of equal share holders. No matter how “loving” a man is to his wife, a guilded cage is still a cage.

    People pick and choose what they want to adhere to in the bible and I find it awfully convenient to stick to Paul’s teaching (not the word of god btw – just Paul) and not to many Levitical Laws – most of which border on sheer lunacy i.e. requiring menstrating women to sit on a mossy rock for their cycle – no thanks. The old testament is still the bible – the supposed word of god but christians only adhere to what they think will benefit them. The big thing now is grace through faith. Well, if all you have to have is faith, it leaves EVERYTHING up for interpretation, don’t it?

    So to religion and Mike Nutabee, I say no thank you.

  4. On a final note, my husband and I have been married for 10 years but have been together for 17 years. We have a completely egalitarian relationship with no “captain”. We are partners. We have never, ever had any problem with decision making. It’s done by the both of us. In the rare instances that we disagree, one of us is brought on board via presentation of facts. Sometimes I cede, sometimes he does. Works out quite well.

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