The mayor of Wylie, Texas may have shown he’s not too wiley when it comes to sharing his religious beliefs concerning women, declaring that only men should lead prayers at city council meetings.
The Dallas Morning News recently reported on this story:
Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue says he believes women can do “anything and everything” — so long as they don’t lead public displays of religion.
Hogue is defending his beliefs after the release of an email in which he requests that only male members of a Christian missionary group say a prayer before a City Council meeting.
Was the mayor (misguided or misogynistic?) thinking back to the classic song “Silence is Golden” by the British Invasion act, the Tremeloes?
At the risk of people thinking I’m jumping to conclusions, I’d imagine the pastor/politician/prestidigitator is likely someone who isn’t a big fan of rock-n-roll music or women wearing pants for that matter (although if he’s not, please email me and I’ll gladly share his view).
According to the Dallas Morning News article, Eric “Don’t Call Me ‘Boss'” Hogue (who is also the minister of Wylie’s Cottonwood Church of Christ) feels the following two New Testament passages prohibit women from praying in public:
1 Corinthians 14:34-35, says: “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”
1 Timothy 2:11-12 that says, “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”
Like many passages in the Bible, there are different interpretations and not everyone agrees with Wylie’s take on things. Just look at the number of churches with female priests and pastors and you’ll realize that.
Nevertheless, Wylie is standing by his beliefs and talked to KXAS-TV about his stance:
“What I will say is a woman can do absolutely anything and everything — but if we’re in a public setting, in a religious setting, the Bible teaches that she’s not to say a public prayer or to lead the singing or to deliver the sermon,”
“I believe a lady can be president of the United States. I believe a lady can be CEO of a company, the superintendent of a school district.” But in the Church of Christ, women don’t lead worship services or singing — only classes for women and children.
The mayor (who also happens to be a magician) is not seeking re-election which is probably good for him as his recent comments would likely lead to one of the greatest vanishing acts in recent memory. Then again, based on some of Wylie women’s reactions to his comments, that could still happen.