|Michele Bachmann and Humpty Dumpty
It seems Michele Bachmann is a disciple of Mr. Dumpty. Like Humpty, Bachmann reserves the Constitutional and religious right to redefine inconvenient words. According to Bachmann, when she or her Bible say "submissive" the word actually means respectful, quite distinct dictionary definitions notwithstanding.
Panderbear is no biblical scholar, but is pretty sure that when the Bible says submissive, it means submissive. The Southern Baptist Convention's bylaws declare, "A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband..."
But, submissiveness and servants are so first millennium, so un-American, sinister even. Most women of faith are content to ignore the untidy bits of the Bible. Even the most devout usually are at pains to "interpret" the Bible in a favorable, more modern light. But, Michele Bachmann takes the breathtakingly direct expedient of redefining the words. Not a bit of hubris or hypocrisy here. Humpty Dumpty would be so proud.