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05/13/2005 Entry: "Hard Right Christian Ass Rapist"

"Yet while Hager doesn't advocate the substitution of conservative Christianity for medicine, his religious ideology underlies an all-encompassing paternalism in his approach to his women patients. 'Even though I was trained as a medical specialist,' Hager explained in the preface to As Jesus Cared for Women, 'it wasn't until I began to see how Jesus treated women that I understood how I, as a doctor, should treat them.' To underscore this revelation, Hager recounted case after case in which he acted as confidant, spiritual adviser and even father figure to his grateful patients. As laid out in his writings, Hager's worldview is not informed by a sense of inherent equality between men and women. Instead, men are expected to act as benevolent authority figures for the women in their lives. (In one of his books, he refers to a man who raped his wife as 'selfish' and 'sinful.') But to model gender relations on the one Jesus had with his followers is to leave women dangerously exposed in the event that the men in their lives don't meet the high standard set by God Himself--trapped in a permanent state of dependence hoping to be treated well."

~snip~

"Back in Lexington, where the couple continued to live, Linda Hager, as she was still known at the time, was sinking into a deep depression, she says. Though her marriage had been dead for nearly a decade, she could not see her way clear to divorce; she had no money of her own and few marketable skills. But life with David Hager had grown unbearable. As his public profile increased, so did the tension in their home, which she says periodically triggered episodes of abuse. 'I would be asleep,' she recalls, 'and since [the sodomy] was painful and threatening, I woke up. Sometimes I acquiesced once he had started, just to make it go faster, and sometimes I tried to push him off.... I would [confront] David later, and he would say, "You asked me to do that," and I would say, "No, I never asked for it."'"
Dr. Hager's Family Values, by Ayelish McGarvey, The Nation, May 11, 2005

...yuck. And this is who the bush admin puts in charge of women's health. Yeah.

 

 

 

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