Why feminists should want people to convert to Christianity

June 21, 2011

The Wall Street Journal had a review of a book that claims that since the 1970s 163 Million baby girls have been killed because of their gender.

Yet today in India there are 112 boys born for every 100 girls. In China, the number is 121—though plenty of Chinese towns are over the 150 mark. China’s and India’s populations are mammoth enough that their outlying sex ratios have skewed the global average to a biologically impossible 107. But the imbalance is not only in Asia. Azerbaijan stands at 115, Georgia at 118 and Armenia at 120.

What is causing the skewed ratio: abortion. If the male number in the sex ratio is above 106, it means that couples are having abortions when they find out the mother is carrying a girl. By Ms. Hvistendahl’s counting, there have been so many sex-selective abortions in the past three decades that 163 million girls, who by biological averages should have been born, are missing from the world. Moral horror aside, this is likely to be of very large consequence.

One of the reasons that the Christian West has generally been a safe and positive place for women to live is that women are equal in number (if not slightly higher) than men. Before Christianity rose to power in the Roman empire there was as much as a 30% difference (favoring men) in the ratio. Many non Christian countries (China, India, etc) still have large differences due to selective abortions. Majorities give a voice. Majorities are heard. That is a fact of life. And Christianity provides a moral imperative to not have abortions and to honor our daughters when they are born. Further, unlike many other countries that also frown on abortion, for example the middle east, Christianity encourages that men honor and serve their wives. That men protect, nurture and love their daughters. Christianity teaches that daughters and wives are equal in the eyes of God.

In short, there is a reason why the historically Christian countries are generally the best places for women to live.  Ideas have consequences. A safe and stable place for women is one of the consequences of a Christian culture.

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