Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Does Motherhood Mean Anything?

Today I want to simply commend to you yesterday's post from Al Mohler's blog. Mohler commented on varying newspaper reactions to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's observations concerning the capture of the Royal Navy's Leading Seaman Faye Turney, mother to a three year old daughter. Ahmadinejad commented:

"You will know that among the detainees there is one lady who is a mother of a child. Why is it that the most difficult work like patrolling at sea should be given to a woman? Why is there no respect for motherhood? Why does the West not value its women?"

As you can expect, such reactions come strong from the feminist camp, denouncing what Ahmadinejad said. However, Kathleen Parker's remarks in the Washington Post give us more to think about.

"On any given day, one isn't likely to find common cause with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He's a dangerous, lying, Holocaust- denying, Jew-hating cutthroat thug -- not to put too fine a point on it.

But he was dead-on when he wondered why a once-great power such as Britain sends mothers of toddlers to fight its battles."


Yvonne said...

I'd just like to add that I found it a sad fact that she prefered to do that particular job instead of wanting to be home looking after her husband and daughter.


Eva said...

Excellent post. I appreciated Dr. Mohler's as well. Thanks for stirring us up to godliness.


Anonymous said...

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presides over a country that is famous for inflicting flogging, torture, stoning, rape, child marriage, "temporary" marriage, selling into marriage, purdah, honor killing and legal inequality upon its women.

He has NO moral credibility whatsoever.

A man who rules a country that tortures children in front of their mothers to extract confessions should be ashamed to claim that he values motherhood, and Al Mohler should never have quoted him doing so.

Nicki said...

Dear Anonymous, I don't think that Mohler was in anyway suggesting that we take any moral guidance, or advice on how we should be mothers from the Iranian President.

The whole tenure of Mohler's post was to highlight differing remarks from the media regarding the President's observations and then to conclude that even if we were to agree that women, or more appropriately, mothers, should not be sent into combat it is not because the Iranian Presdient says so, or because of "entrenched paternalistic and sexist attitudes" as the writer in the Scotman newspaper said. Rather, his post, I think, was to do the complete opposite, it was to suggest that taking a view like this on motherhood should reflect a biblical view. The irony of it is is that even although an evil man would accuse western civilization of devaluing motherhood, does not mean to say that the point is wrong, no matter what we think of him and his morals, it does show that the non-western/other religious groups do have reason to accuse us of devaluing the role of the mother. As always, Mohler is rightly provoking us to think what we think of motherhood and to highlight what the watching world sees of our attempts. In my humble opinion, all credit to Mohler for doing this and if it means that he gets on the radio because of a post like this (I'mnot if he did or not) then he has the opportunity to proclaim God's truth on this matter.

Regards, Nicki