A group of men connected to controversial pastor Doug Wilson called the 19th Amendment a “bad idea” in a recent Tweet.
Steve Rabey of The Roys Report writes that followers have also advocated for traditional gender roles between husband and wife in a household, often citing Biblical passages to defend their statements. Wilson stated that he favors voting by “heads of households,” not on an individual basis. He did not directly mention gender.
A century after the 19th Amendment to the U.S Constitution gave American women the right to vote, a group of male leaders associated with controversial pastor Doug Wilson say that was a mistake. Women, they say, lack the discernment to vote, and therefore, shouldn’t be given the agency.
In an email to The Roys Report (TRR), Tennant claimed his position “does not differ from the historic Reformed view” and cited a booklet by author and pastor Phillip Kayser. He also noted a century-old article claiming that women don’t want to vote.
Jesse Sumpter is an editor with Fight-Laugh-Feast and CrossPolitic—two enterprises linked to Wilson’s growing Christian theonomist empire, which has attracted many Reformed and Baptist believers and was featured on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Sumpter tweeted, “Brothers, a friendly reminder for elections: make sure your wife votes exactly as you do.”
Josh Bishop, a web content manager who’s pursuing a master’s degree at Wilson’s New Saint Andrews College, likewise tweeted: “Every election day, before we head to the polls, I go over our sample ballot with my wife. This is who we should vote for, this is how we should vote in propositions, and these are the ones I don’t care how you vote on . . . She trusts me to make the right calls, and we work together to make it happen.”
Stephen Wolfe, author of The Case for Christian Nationalism, published by Wilson’s Canon Press, tweeted that he believes only heads of households should vote. When asked by Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, if he affirmed “franchise for all adult men & women,” Wolfe replied, “No.”
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