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Monday, December 21, 2015

The Angel Gabriel’s Sexist Double Standard

The angel Gabriel from Heaven came, his wings as drifted snow, his eyes of flame–and told the old priest, Zechariah, that he and his wife, Elizabeth (also getting on in years) would soon have a son. Zechariah was incredulous–and, for his lack of faith, was struck mute, unable to speak until the baby was born.

The angel Gabriel from heaven came, to visit the young virgin Mary also. “All hail,” said he, “thou lowly maiden Mary.”  He told her also that she would soon give birth to a son.  Mary was incredulous–but allowed to speak and sing without restraint.

 Luke 1: 8 - 20; 26 - 38
(with quotations from "Gabriel's Message")

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