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Conservative Christians and Jews Resist Female President

While American Muslims will not think twice about a female president, conservative Christians and Jews have shared their resistance to the idea of a female president based on their take on biblical gender roles. Owen Strachan, formerly of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, noted that there is no explicit scripture that forbids a woman from serving in a political office, but he prefers that women remain in the home and men serve in leadership positions.
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  • Generous Orthodoxy: Owen Strachan noted that there is no clear biblical guidance for women in political leadership positions, so there will be a wide range of views.
  •  New Questions: While Christians have a wide variety of views on gender roles, usually egalitarian or complementarian, a woman serving in the highest political position will certainly lead to new discussions about other leadership roles for women.
  •  Status Quo: It’s likely that in many contexts the status quo will remain, especially among churches that believe a woman’s primary calling is at home, as these are the Christians who tend to be skeptical of the Democratic nominee already.
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