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Should Women Be Ordained To Head Churches And Mosques?

Issues are interpreted variously by people who see things differently. There have been concerns as to which could possibly be the right interpretation of a text in various religions. Focusing on just Islam and Christianity at the present, what views would readers offer to the question:

Should Women Be Ordained As Heads/Clerics in Churches and Mosques?

The Bible seems to reserve a not-so-public role for women in ecclesiastical matters, according to such texts as 1 Cor. 14:34 ('Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law') and 1 Tim. 2:12 - ('But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.') However, some are persuaded that whatever the texts may imply, women can still be ordained into the Christian ministry with the same roles and functions as the men. This has become a matter of concern in some large Christian churches, as is the case with the present deadlocks in both the Anglican Church and Roman Catholic impassé (an example here from a BBC report).

On the other hand, for women to assume any leading roles in public life seems to generate an equally heated concern among the Muslim community. Some have expressed the view that women are not to share the same roles as the men in public life, and particularly in religious activities - to the extent that in some Muslim quarters, women are not welcome to attend Mosques as do the men. Consequently, one could understand how very controversial was a recent event in the US in which a woman led a mixed-gender Islamic prayer service early last year (click here for a preview).

What do readers think about this issue - should women be ordained as clerics in churches and mosques on the same pedestal as the men?

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