Religion

Rep. Steve Pearce Tells Wives to 'Voluntarily Submit' to Their Husbands

| by Michael Allen

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) wrote in his recent memoir Just Fly The Plane, Stupid! that a wife should "voluntarily submit" to her husband per the Bible.

According to The Washington Post, Rep. Pearce wrote:

The wife is to voluntarily submit, just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice. The husband's part is to show up during the times of deep stress, take the leadership role and be accountable for the outcome, blaming no one else.

The wife's submission is not a matter of superior versus inferior; rather, it is self-imposed as a matter of obedience to the Lord and of love for her husband.

Dan Hazelwood, a spokesman for Rep. Pearce, told TalkingPointsMemo.com that The Washington Post "has ignored the facts and writes a headline the opposite of the story. The Post falsely and inaccurately mischaracterizes Pearce's comments. The chapter in his book discusses how the Pearce's manage their relationship and how they grappled with the Bible's words."

"This was a piece of either sloppy journalism or willful intent to deceive," added Hazelwood. "The words clearly written show that Pearce believes the phrase 'submission' is widely misunderstood in society and criticizes those who distort the bible to justify male dominance."

Hazelwood also cited another part of Rep. Pearce's book that states:

I reasoned that surely Jesus did not in any way teach the idea of a chauvinistic male-centered marriage. We are all created in God’s image, I reasoned, so it could not be that the man is in some way superior or the wife inferior.

However, what's not clear is why Rep. Pearce seems to believe that he has the authority to advise other members of the human race on marriage.

He does admit that even his friends have ignored these directives on marriage:

The principle is among the most controversial of all directives coming from the Bible. Critics abound, both Christian and non-Christian. Many of my friends dealt with the directive by ignoring it...

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Rep. Pearce made news last year when he told furloughed government workers to take out loans to cover their bills after the Republican Party shut down the government over Obamacare, notes The Huffington Post.

Rep. Pearce also falsely claimed in 2013 that no guns were used in the Rwanda genocide.

Sources: The Washington Post, TalkingPointsMemo.com, The Huffington Post