And you thought the Roman Catholic Church might be a little strict, about who gets the top-level jobs as leaders of worship?
Today’s Syracuse Post Standard lays out a real cultural curiosity: local radio broadcasters refusing to take the money of a female televangelist. She is Florida’s Paula White, who has virtually adopted “Pastor” as her first name. The directors of Mars Hill Network say she is not one, because the Bible clearly says women cannot hold that position.
Religion writer Renee Gadoua, who knows this territory inside out, gets quotes from other strict interpreters of Scripture (including the Syracuse pastor who happens to be Grace Jones’s daddy) to say the radio guys have it wrong. But they’re sticking by their decision not to sell White any air time to plug her appearance at the City Wide Crusade, a preaching and prayer event scheduled for the second weekend in June at the Oncenter.
Jarring contrast: This news comes as the female mayor of Ithaca- a place thought by some to represent the polar opposite of fundamentalist belief- declares her bid for re-election. So in one CNY city, we have a majority of people who’ve chosen a woman to lead a whole community, and in another, a minority of people who don’t believe a woman has the right to lead a religious congregation.
Just one more in an endless series of curiosities we have to write about- and to think about- as the cultural divide makes life interesting, to say the least, here in the early 21st century.