Mostly I just want to point out that the Alternet article begins by citing Corinthians. For me, it is a happy coincidence.

When I was a kid my parents did not attend church. Their opinion on the matter was vague, somewhere between hostility and laziness. I visited a few of my friends' churches and eventually came to the conclusion that church was a boring place filled with weird, old people. It took a long time for me to come to my atheism. I thought that I might be religious. Maybe I just hadn't found the right approach. My grandparents were devout Catholics, pillars of their community. But it never came to me. I waited for an event, something to force God's hand, but eventually, I came to my own conclusions.

One day I decided to read the Bible. Apparently, it was the greatest book in the world, or so I was told. I had my doubts. I would apply all of my scholarly, 9 year-old powers of concentration to the matter. I opened it up in the middle of the book at random and immediately found this passage.

“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”

And that was that. Issue over. These bitches are crazy; that's the conclusion I came to. Time to go outside and play. Walk the railroad tracks and climb around the electrical pylons.

http://www.alternet.org/belief/atheism…