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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:37 AM
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Sunday School Teacher Fired For Being Female (Women Can't Teach Men)
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- The pastor of a church that has stopped letting women teach Sunday school said that won't affect his decisions as a city councilman in upstate New York.

Rev. Timothy LaBouf dismissed a female Sunday School teacher this month, saying a woman can perform any job -- outside the church.

The First Baptist Church in Watertown dismissed Mary Lambert Aug. 9 after adopting what it called a literal interpretation of the Bible.

The reverend recently dismissed Lambert, who had taught Sunday school for 54 years, citing the biblical advice of the apostle Paul: "I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent."

Lambert has publicly criticized the decision.

The church board said other issues were behind Lambert's dismissal, but it did not say what they were.

LaBouf, who also serves on the Watertown City Council, issued a statement saying his stance against women teaching men in Sunday school would not affect his decisions as a city leader in Watertown, where all five members of the council are men but the city manager who runs the city's day-to-day operations is a woman.

"I believe that a woman can perform any job and fulfill any responsibility that she desires to" outside the church, LaBouf wrote Saturday.

Mayor Jeffrey Graham, however, was bothered by the reasons given Lambert's dismissal.

"If what's said in that letter reflects the councilman's views, those are disturbing remarks in this day and age," Graham said. "Maybe they wouldn't have been disturbing 500 years ago, but they are now."

http://www.wftv.com/family/9708083/detail.html
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 10:00 AM
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1. C'MON LADIES!
don't make me waste this popcorn! this story is RIPE!! :D
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 10:03 AM
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2. Welll matcom.... for starters....
How do YOU feel about that??
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Darth_Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 10:59 AM
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7. The apostle Paul was a jerk.
Happy now? :D
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lukasahero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:40 PM
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17. You know what?
When it's your rights, your personhood being insulted and assaulted day after day, maybe then you wouldn't find these kinds of articles all that funny any more. Does it really amuse you to make sure women here know how little they are valued in this society? Nice.
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 10:10 AM
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3. I'm so happy to be Episcopal
Our pastor, Meredith, is by far the best minister I've ever listened to. She's energetic and passionate, and COMPASSIONATE.


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pagerbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:03 AM
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9. Me too!
And our vicar Johanna would have something to say about this, too!
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 10:32 AM
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4. Paul has alot of non-Christian garbage to answer for
Misogynistic punk.

People need to decide if they're Christians or Paulites... you can't be both. We know who this pastor and his board follow.

SHAME on them.
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 10:43 AM
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5. Good luck getting a new Sunday School teacher.
Most churches I've attended usually don't have men jumping up and down to volunteer for a position.
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 10:54 AM
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6. The pastor is a weasel.
The board said there were other issues but pastor's pretending it's all about his literal interpretation of scripture.
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:01 AM
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8. I think he's onto something.
O8)
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:07 AM
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10. Where are the south bashers?
:shrug:
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trogdor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:27 AM
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11. Let me tell you about Watertown.
Edited on Mon Aug-21-06 11:32 AM by trogdor
It is represented by Rep. John McHugh (R - of course) and it's situated near the junction of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. They get somewhere around twelve FEET of snow a year, and winter temperatures of minus 30 or colder are not uncommon. We call people who lived in that part of New York State "frozen brains."

Fort Drum, home of the 10th Mountain Division, is about ten miles away. The existence of the 10th Mountain Division allows a lot more retail traffic than would otherwise be exist in a small city of about 15,000 people. When the 10th Mountain Division deploys, which is fairly often even in "peacetime," many Mom and Pop establishments (those who haven't been eaten by big chains like Wal-Mart/Sam's Club) close up shop as if Watertown were some kind of seasonal tourist destination (it isn't).

Watertown is also home to numerous grotesquely obese people, particularly women. Even the high school kids working at the local McDonald's, where normally the best looking young ladies would be working the counter, are fat. I guess the fact that a 16 ounce ribeye at Art's Jug (a popular local restaurant) is a "small" steak might have something to do with that. Let's say the definition of the phrase "portion control" isn't something they teach at the community college's business management department. Seriously, there is little to do in Watertown other than eat and drink.

Apart from being fat, Watertowners are as rude as Frenchmen, without the redeeming features of that particular group. Perhaps that's part of being a military town, but people in Columbia, South Carolina, home of Fort Jackson, were rather nice. It's gotta be the climate.

On the positive side, there is also an Olmstead-designed park which is pretty nice. It has a really cool sledding hill that we used to use when we were stationed at Fort Drum. Still, we were so happy to see that place in our rear-view mirror.

Oh, looky! A FARK thread on this very topic!
http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=2242...
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:38 AM
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12. Tali-labouf
A taliban-i-baptist. Yikes! That is one of the reasons I CANNOT stand Paul's opinions.
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I Have A Dream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:53 AM
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13. I'm with you, OhioBlues. Paul was responsible for everything in...
Edited on Mon Aug-21-06 11:54 AM by I Have A Dream
Christianity that I abhor. Jesus, on the other hand, is a liberal.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:56 AM
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14. That adds a dimension to "Robbing Peter to pay Paul"...
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GOPBasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:57 AM
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15. The apostle Paul was a man.
Edited on Mon Aug-21-06 11:57 AM by GOPBasher
Totally coicidentally (of course), his revelation was that men are great and women must be silent. Gee.

Here's my revelation: If the world were ruled by women, it would be a much better place.
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:57 AM
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16. Republicans: Boldly leading into us the 14th century!
Edited on Mon Aug-21-06 12:20 PM by baldguy
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