Thursday, May 12, 2005

Hagelpalooza!

Everyone is talking Hagel. First, The Nation, Echidne of the Snakes (Dr. Hager and the Women), and Pandagon, to mention a few.

What more can I add? He is a man who tells women to get over their menstrual pain by prayer and reading the Bible (lacking a uterus myself, but having nearly broken a leg rock climbing, I don't think prayer is a strong analgesic. There's your vocab word for the day.). He holds himself up as a moral man, but (allegedly) anal rapes his wife, in her sleep! WTF!

From the Nation

Back at Asbury, Hager cast himself as a victim of religious persecution in his sermon. "You see...there is a war going on in this country," he said gravely. "And I'm not speaking about the war in Iraq. It's a war being waged against Christians, particularly evangelical Christians. It wasn't my scientific record that came under scrutiny [at the FDA]. It was my faith.... By making myself available, God has used me to stand in the breach.... Just as he has used me, he can use you."

Up on the dais, several men seated behind Hager nodded solemnly in agreement. But out in the audience, Linda Carruth Davis--co-author with Hager of Stress and the Woman's Body, and, more saliently, his former wife of thirty-two years--was enraged. "It was the most disgusting thing I've ever heard," she recalled months later, through clenched teeth.

According to Davis, Hager's public moralizing on sexual matters clashed with his deplorable treatment of her during their marriage. Davis alleges that between 1995 and their divorce in 2002, Hager repeatedly sodomized her without her consent. Several sources on and off the record confirmed that she had told them it was the sexual and emotional abuse within their marriage that eventually forced her out. "I probably wouldn't have objected so much, or felt it was so abusive if he had just wanted normal [vaginal] sex all the time," she explained to me. "But it was the painful, invasive, totally nonconsensual nature of the [anal] sex that was so horrible."

Of course, the claim of moral persecution plays well at Asbury, or as we call it in our house, Razzle Dazzle Berry. You gain instant credibility if you say you are under attack from the non-Christian world. And it wasn't his faith that was under attack, it was his practice of letting his faith interfere with his scientific judgment that was a problem. If you believe birth control is wrong, but are asked if it can be distributed with relative safety, then you answer the question you are given, with the data you have. No more, no less.

Asbury lives in a strange alternate dimension. Male students must either start the school year with a full beard or not grow one during the semester. Couples must spend 50 (my wife says it may be as high as 100) hours with each other in non-classroom contact with before they can date, touch, hold hands... If two students are dating, and are spending time together in a dorm room, their feet must be on the floor at all times. Cursing can be an offense worthy of a monetary fine. Sex is an offense that merits expulsion. Dancing with someone else is prohibited (dancing alone is ok). Asbury is notorious for having observers posted at Lexington and Richmond bars to see if students are going there to drink. They also have a rigorous dress code. Miss Chapel too many times, and you are in trouble. Does Asbury have a "Dark Side," where no one watches the cool students or those favored by the administration drink, party and have sex? Find someone who went there, and ask them...

Of course, they put it nicely

Asbury College is a disciplined community. Healthy and holy living requires self-control which is evidenced in learning to limit our own freedom for the good of ourselves and the community. Our community encourages its members not only to discipline themselves but also to be accountable to God and others for their actions. The practice of disciplined living is a lifetime skill which is not always convenient but is always healthy when practiced with a sense of balance.
Is it any wonder why this world they live in produces people who aren't well adjusted?

And the NRA says the government wants to take away your guns. What it really wants is your uterus. And maybe your anus. It depends...

by Robster @ 5/12/2005 08:52:00 AM PERMALink
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