Belgian minister calls for religious TV ban after reading on female submission

2254Source: The Guardian

The future of Songs of Praise-style religious programmes on Belgian television has been thrown into doubt after a Catholic lay reader gave an on-screen Bible reading calling for women to be submissive to their husbands.

Sven Gatz, the minister for media in Flanders, called for a ban on religious services being shown by public broadcasters in response to the service aired on radio and the television station VRT.

The reading, made by a lay reader during a service at Sint-Servaasbasiliek in Grimbergen, from Ephesians 5:22-33 in the New Testament, said: “Women, be submissive to your husband as the husband to the Lord. For the man is the head of the woman as Christ is the head of the church. He gave his life to save her. In this way the woman must submit her husband to everything as the church is submissive to Christ.” The reader has not been named.

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