Fragile Snowflake: Christmas is Hurtful to Rape Victims
If you’ve had enough of the fragile snowflakes finding literally any excuse to get offended, this is about to infuriate you…
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, a female pastor is claiming that celebrating Christ’s mother is hurtful to rape victims.
“Church culture tends to be fixated on sexual purity year-round, but during Advent, I’m tempted to blame it on the Virgin Mary. After all, she set an impossibly high bar,” writes Rev. Ruth Everhart.
“Now the rest of us are stuck trying to be both a virgin and a mother at the same time. It does not seem to matter that this is biologically impossible. Can you at least try?”
She goes on to tell the story of how she was raped when she was 20-years-old, somehow comparing it to the Immaculate Conception.
“I’m not blaming my sense of ruin on the Virgin Mary, not entirely. Protestants do not claim Mary in the way Catholics do, but every Advent I feel a sense of kinship,” she writes.
“I know what it’s like to be a good girl whose life got upended by what someone did to her body. Of course, her story plot was good and mine was bad. Plus she was, well, a saint. And I’m not.”
“Still, I study her this time of the year — always dressed in blue with downcast eyes — and want to ask: ‘How was it really? And how do you feel about what the patriarchy has done with you?’,” Everhart continues.
Indeed, it wouldn’t be a feminist manifesto without a dig at the “patriarchy”…
“I’m convinced of this: Mary is not responsible for what we’ve done to her story,” writes Everhart. “Church culture has overfocused on virginity and made it into an idol of sexual purity. When it comes to female experience, the church seems compelled to shrink and distort and manipulate.”
As The Federalist Papers notes, while Everhart’s story is heartbreaking, her interpretation of the Virgin Mary and comparison of her rape to the Immaculate Conception is disturbing.
Everhart is certainly entitled to her opinion and has every right to write about it, however, it’s interesting that she takes issue with the Virgin Mary in the Christian religion, and not someone like the Prophet Muhammad in Islam, who was a known pedophile.
Being a rape victim, one would think Muhammad would be much more offensive to her… Of course, it’s not quite so easy to be published in The Washington Post while criticizing Islam.