Australia’s ABC Media Attacks Christians As Wife Beaters

Posted on Tue 07/18/2017 by


By Andrew Bolt ~

The Australian ABC media today steps up its war on Christianity, falsely claiming the men most likely to abuse women are Evangelical Christians “who go to church sporadically”.

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Host Fran Kelly ponders: “Is it a matter of belief systems?” Her guests claim the problem is the Bible putting men in charge of women – a feminist theory that is debatable.

In fact, the men most likely to abuse women are Aboriginal:

The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022 quotes a figure of Indigenous females being up to 35 times more likely to experience domestic and family violence than non-Indigenous Australian women. And the Productivity Commission’s 2011 Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report says Indigenous women and girls are 31 times more likely to be hospitalised due to domestic and family violence related assaults compared to non-Indigenous women and girls.

The faith that licenses men beating women is Islam. The Christian New Testament actually preaches against violence, including violence against women. But the Koran does the opposite:

Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.

In an online article by Julia Baird, published today by the ABC, no details of any surveys are given to substantiate the claim that Evangelical Christians are the worst wife-beaters. There is only one vague reference to an American theology professor’s book and an inconclusive reference to Queensland researcher’s citation of a survey in Brisbane, which I cannot find to check:

Research shows that the men most likely to abuse their wives are evangelical Christians who attend church sporadically…

The fact that domestic violence occurs in church communities is well established. Queensland academic Dr Lynne Baker’s 2010 book, Counselling Christian Women on How to Deal with Domestic Violence, cites a study of Anglican, Catholic and Uniting churches in Brisbane that found 22 per cent of perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse go to church regularly…

As theology professor Steven Tracy wrote in 2008: “It is widely accepted by abuse experts (and validated by numerous studies) that evangelical men who sporadically attend church are more likely than men of any other religious group (and more likely than secular men) to assault their wives.”

Some attribute these findings to the conservative denominations and churches that preach and model male control, with male-only priesthoods and inviolate teachings on male authority.

That last point is the real argument that Baird and co-author Hayley Gleeson want to run: that male-headed churches make domestic violence worse.

Yet in their own article we get this apparent rebuttal of that whole argument:

But American research provides one important insight: men who attend church less often are most likely to abuse their wives. (Regular church attenders are less likely to commit acts of intimate partner violence.)

 So according to Baird and Gleeson themselves, the more that men attend church and heed the true church teachings, the less likely they are to abuse their wives.

Isn’t that the lead?

Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.

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