Friday, January 24, 2014
Or, something like that, according to Rep. Steve Pearce (R--N.M.). Rep. Pearce appears to be a fringe member of the GOP and I have little interest in his views. But rummaging about the archives of the Times, I did find this 1998 statement of beliefs by the Southern Baptist Convention--an organization had almost 16 million members then and counted Bill Clinton and Al Gore among them.
1998. That wasn't too long ago. The statement, paraphrased by the Times, says that the wife ''submit herself graciously'' to her husband's leadership and that a husband should ''provide for, protect and lead his family.''
Roman Catholic bishops in the United States, in a pastoral message on family life four years ago, said marital roles, although different, should be characterized by ''mutual submission'' of a husband and wife to each other.