Look at the following magazine cover ….
Now, I want you to think about this for a moment (we’ll get back to this later) …
WHY is the above magazine cover considered OFFENSIVE (like I said — we’ll get to it later)
The other week I was going through a magazine magazine (a fund raiser for Chip’s school). I was surprised to find out you can choose whether to get a subscription to Sports Illustrated magazine either with or without the nipples poking through swimsuit issue. I suppose there’d be some people that would fore go the swimsuit issue (otherwise they wouldn’t offer the option – duh). And I’ve heard that some retailers don’t show the swimsuit issue on the regular magazine rack. It being “too offensive” to be out there in public where sensitive eyes can see women in swimsuits. And as a mom of a prepubescent boy, I might even appreciate that Playboy and Penthouse are often put behind the counter at places.
Some of my readers may recall a few years ago when this issue of Redbook made quite the fuss because, see that woman there, she’s BREASTFEEDING an infant. Yeah — a lot of retailers hid that incredibly offensive magazine issue.
Of course, this was in the “old” days of 1997.
But the latest, I think, really takes the cake. And I must admit I really appreciate this coming up during Banned Book Week – because while it’s not a book it certainly shows how easy it is to offend some people.
Look at the lovely picture at the top of this post again. See those women on the cover of a magazine, the women that are breaking the stained-glass ceiling.
THAT magazine joins the likes of Playboy, Penthouse, Redbook, and Sports Illustrated. At least by the judgment of Lifeway Christian Bookstores across the United States.
YEP — that magazine has been taken off the shelves and hidden behind counters because
Chris Turner, the Media Relations Manager of Lifeway Christian Resources released a statement saying they made the choice because the cover story “clearly advocated a position contrary to our denomination’s statement of faith, the Baptist Faith & Message.”
YEP — according to the Southern Baptist Convention we can not see women pastors.
Now, with that in mind, I have one other question — the Southern Baptist Convention has actually come out and stated that they endorse the Republican presidential ticket.
SOOOOOOOOOOO — it’s okay for a women to be a heartbeat away from leading the nation (and let’s face it, McCain ain’t that young and has had health issues), but it’s NOT okay for a women to lead a church???
Can ANYONE explain that????