the evangelical demonization of women
"Twins!" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
When Franklin Graham said
about Saeed and Naghmeh Abedini, "Satan would like nothing more than to continue to destroy their lives"
, I immediately saw what was being suggested.
Saeed is a Christian hero because he was imprisoned and tortured for his faith.
Naghmeh was his good wife who defended and worked tirelessly for his release.
After much prayer and work, Saeed is released.
But Naghmeh exposes years of spousal abuse.
People say it is about their marriage and they need counseling.
She doesn't accept this and says Saeed has serious problems she's the victim of.
Others continue to try to focus the attention back on Naghmeh's failure¬†of faith.
It is implied that if the marriage breaks up, Satan wins.
But the real reason it will break up is because the husband is abusive.
Naghmeh will not take it anymore.
My question is: Why isn't Satan blamed for the abuse of a woman? Why, rather, is Satan blamed, and implicitly the woman, when she¬†walks away from harm?
This has roots in scripture. For example, here's just one verse, 2 Corinthians 11:3... "But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ."
Even Naghmeh's resilience, resoluteness, and intelligence, will be interpreted as dishonoring to the gospel.
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