"The more I read the New Age literature, the more I am struck by several facts. Almost none of it seriously wrestles with the historical and textual arguments put forward by serious Christians. New Age thought is insufferably fuzzy and inconsistent. Anthing it likes or can use, it rips out of its historic context and redeploys with new content, often made out of whole cloth. It almost never deals with evil, because it is most commonly pantheistic -- and religions that do not wrestle with the problems of human evil are blind beyond words. Worse, almost all of this multiplying thought is irremediably selfish. The aim of the exercise is self-fulfillment, self-actualization, serenity, productivity, power. God, if he/she/it exists, exists for me. And from a biblical perspective, it is this profound selfishness that lies at the heart of all human sin."
- D.A. Carson
Friday, January 25, 2013
We are the unmanliest nation ever.
We are a nation of wimps and cowards. We kill the weakest among us on purpose.
And we now we will let our women fight our battles.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has decided to lift a ban on women serving in combat, a senior defense official said Wednesday.
Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, "are expected to announce the lifting of the direct combat exclusion rule for women in the military," the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told reporters.
"This policy change will initiate a process whereby the services will develop plans to implement this decision, which was made by the Secretary of Defense upon the recommendation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff," the official said in an email.
In February last year, Panetta opened up about 14,000 combat-related jobs to female troops for the first time in an incremental move.
I think the best response to this was written by John Piper 5 years ago. (Yup, that guy again.)
If I were the last man on the planet to think so, I would want the honor of saying no woman should go before me into combat to defend my country. A man who endorses women in combat is not pro-woman; he’s a wimp. He should be ashamed. For most of history, in most cultures, he would have been utterly scorned as a coward to promote such an idea. Part of the meaning of manhood as God created us is the sense of responsibility for the safety and welfare of our women.
Here's his whole article. It's great.
I am deeply, deeply disturbed by this. I have never served in the military but God has blessed me with some close relationships with many. I was raised a military brat. I have been around soldiers all my life. Over the past 30 years, I have spoken to many, many, many of them about the reality of combat. Some of what you are about to read comes from things I learned from them.
It is wrong for women to be in combat. This will not be an exhaustive list. I'm just getting started. The very idea of this disturbs me to the depths of my soul.
1. What happened to a society that said, as they did on the H.M.S. Titanic, "Women and Children First"? Now we say "Women and Children First" but we mean, "Women, go fight and die in combat before me" and "Children, die before me because I am not willing to put an armed guard at their door." The average office employee has better security than the very child they dropped off at school that day.(As an aside on another topic, but not unrelated: if we were a manly nation, every dad who sends his kids to school would volunteer to take regular shifts of guard duty at his child's school.)
2. What will happen to a society that allows its women to fight its battles? What's next? Are you ready for your daughters, yes, your daughters, to register for selective service when they turn 18? Because that's what's coming. It's inevitable.
3. What will happen when a woman is captured in war? Rape. Almost a guarantee. She WILL be sexually assaulted. The very people who condemned someone for talking about "legitimate rape" and now support this move are condemning every future female POW to rape.
4. What happens when a woman is put under the command of men in her own military from her own country? Rape. Sexual Harassment. Abuse. This is already happening. It will continue to happen. And it will only be worse in combat situations. (I am NOT excusing the behavior of our own men in this case. What I am saying is that we are putting our women at unnecessary risk. If you send your ten year old out into the night in a large downtown city where there are untold dangers and your child is harmed, the bad guy is responsible...but so are you.)
5. What happens when women in combat are required to relieve themselves or shower in the same areas as the men? I don't even have an answer for that question. But if this idea doesn't bother you, then nothing else I say will either. Oh, and you have no decency. (And because I have decency I won't mention the hygiene issues related to not being able to actually get clean for literally weeks or months at a time.)
6. Will the women in combat be required to have short hair as their male counterparts for reasons of cleanliness and discipline? I don't know the answer to this one either. (There is no way to brush your hair free of critters when you are in the field for months.)
7. What happens when a woman gets her face blown off while charging an enemy compound? Will the male soldier nearby get distracted because her womanly screams make it impossible for him to carry out his mission? (Answer: Yes. Yes, he will. If he doesn't, it's only because it will have to be conditioned out of him at bootcamp.)
8. What does it say about us that we are somehow OK with even the risk that our daughters, our mothers, our sisters will have their guts spilled in a battlefield? This one makes me speechless.
9. What happens to unit cohesiveness when two men start fighting over the same woman in their unit? Or when two woman start fighting over the same man in their unit? Don't tell me sexual politics won't happen. Have you ever been in an area where men and women spend a lot of time together. Come on. Get real people. But office politics and gossip don't result in death. (Not normally). Combat is not an episode of "The Office" or "L.A. Law".
10. Are we absolutely certain, that physical requirements won't be reduced? No marine wants to be carrying 160 pounds of gear because the woman in front of him can only carry 80. And none of us wants our soldiers to be left unarmed because there wasn't a man available to lift the 50 Caliber machine gun into place. (OK, the new ones are lightweight and only weigh 41 pounds, but you know what I mean.)
11. Can a woman sneak up behind a guy, pull his head back and slit his throat? Would you want your daughter or your son's wife to be the kind of woman who could?
12. When a squad leader is deciding which man or woman to send over the wall or into the enemy occupied building first, is he going to be influenced by the pretty face amongst the ugly ones? Is he really going to be able to send her in, instead of a man? With all due respect to the professionalism and courage of our soldiers, it's hard to imagine gender not influencing command decisions on the field of battle. I'll tell you now, I couldn't send a woman in. If I were a soldier in the army this is going to become, I would be unable to carry out my orders fairly to the best of my ability if a woman were under my command, because I would NEVER put her in harms way before me. And I would shield her body with my own. AT least, I hope that I would have the courage to. If I wasn't willing to sacrifice myself to protect her, then I would be a coward.
And now, with every single woman that enters into combat duty, I'll wonder if I'm a coward for not taking her place. American women in combat means that I am raising my sons to protect and defend women who will not want to be protected.
I could go on and on. But I weep for us. I really do. I'm crying for your daughters. I'm crying for my granddaughters yet unborn and for their daughters.