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60Battles are Ugly When Women Fighthttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2013/01/battles-are-ugly-when-women-fight
Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:54:00 -0500 In
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
, Father Christmas issues weapons to the Pevensie children. Peter receives a sword and a shield, Susan receives a bow and arrow and a magical horn that will summon help whenever its blown, and Lucy receives a dagger and a magic vial that restores the health of anyone injured. Later, before the White Witchs army, Father Christmas tells the sisters that he has given them these weapons only so that the girls can defend themselves in great need . . . for I do not mean you to fight in the battle. Lucy is offended, believing her bravery is being questioned, but he tells her, That is not the point . . . battles are ugly when women fight.
Throughout history, most men and women”and even children”have recognized the wisdom of not sending our mothers, daughters, and sisters to the battlefield. Yesterday, though, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced he would lift the militarys ban on women serving in combat, a move that will allow hundreds of thousands of women to serve in front-line positions during wartime.
In response to the news I wont offer an argument, only a lament. The arguments against allowing women in combat have for decades been made with force and vigor, but to no avail. Because the rational common sense of the arguments cannot be effectively rebutted, they are dismissed and ignored. Long ago, we made equality our end, and this is the inevitable next stop on our long march. If that requires the sacrifice of our sisters and daughters, say the egalitarians, then so be it.
The debate is being framed in the language of choice.
The Obama administration, we are told, is opening combat roles for women who would choose to serve in them. We know, though, that eighteen-year-old girls will soon have to join their brothers and boyfriends in registering for the Selective Service. We know that when the standards are lowered to accommodate women (as they must be, since few women are physically qualified for combat), almost all healthy young women will be eligible to pick up a rifle and go off to war.
Of course when the government begins to draft our daughters for combat roles”and that day will certainly come”the children and grandchildren of the egalitarian elite will be the ones to get deferrals. Most of the men and women championing a womans right to choose combat have never served in the military and would certainly not want their own daughters to join the infantry. They are concerned only with choice and equality in the pristine abstract, rather than in the bloody, concrete world of warfare. What they favor is an equality in which
daughters get to join
sons in marching off to war.
I see little to do other than to start preparing our little girls. For instance, one of the realities they need to be aware of is that American society is filled with men who are anti-woman cowards. As pastor-theologian John Piper has said,
Time to Say Goodbyehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2012/10/time-to-say-goodbye
Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:50:16 -0400Three years ago this month
launched this blog to provide a space for a broad range of evangelical viewpoints. We’ve had dozens of contributors, more than 1,500 posts, and nearly 20,000 comments. But today it’s time for us to say goodbye.
Group blogs that have numerous contributors tend to have a short lifespan. Within a few years they either morph into full-blown web magazines, downsize until only a few dedicated bloggers remain, or fade away due to inattention. Evangel has been losing readers and contributors over the last yearin October 2009 we had 152 posts; in October 2012 we had 8so it appears to be time to move on. While the archives will remain open indefinitely, this will be the last post.
Almost all of our contributors continue to write for other blogs (a few have even agreed to join FT’s main blog,
), so I hope you’ll seek out and follow your favorites. I believe I speak for all of our contributors when I say that we’ve appreciated those who have read and commented over the past few years.
]]>Why Would a Neo-Anabaptist Want to Reward Terrorists?https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2012/10/why-would-a-neo-anabaptist-want-to-reward-terrorists
Tue, 30 Oct 2012 14:47:11 -0400
]]>Answers to Questions You May Have About the Snake Fight Portion of Your Thesis Defensehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2012/07/answers-to-questions-you-may-have-about-the-snake-fight-portion-of-your-thesis-defense
Fri, 06 Jul 2012 08:00:39 -0400
]]>What Would Bonhoeffer Say About the HHS Mandate? https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2012/06/what-would-bonhoeffer-say-about-the-hhs-mandate
Mon, 25 Jun 2012 08:00:54 -0400
]]>Monarchists to the Left of Me, Socialists to the Right, Here I Am, Stuck in the Middle with You Liberalshttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2012/01/monarchists-to-the-left-of-me-socialists-to-the-right-here-i-am-stuck-in-the-middle-with-you-liberals
Fri, 06 Jan 2012 06:44:53 -0500
]]>How to Change Your Mindhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2011/12/how-to-change-your-mind
Fri, 30 Dec 2011 14:02:00 -0500 [Note: I first wrote this two years ago, but I thought it might be worthwhile to post it again for the new year.]