At the last Republican Presidential debate it was once again obvious that candidates have to tip-toe around certain issues to make sure they don’t offend, are political correct, and not contrary to current trends (even though the trends lack judgment and reason).
I would like to add my voice to that of D.C. McAllister (Threats Of Drafting Women Reveal The Lies Of Equality) and Amy Otto (Why Drafting Women Would Be A Big Mistake). I think it’s time to look into the eyes of our dear wives, mothers, daughters and sisters and excuse political correctness and the quest for equality.
War is hell. The brutality, the immorality, the bloodshed, the rapine, the utter destruction is contrary to both male and female. But war is constant and prevalent in our day as it has been in past generations. In all most all cases bad men start wars. Women do not. Therefore, good men should finish them.
Evidence of tough, courageous women in our day doesn’t subdue their divine nature. It never will. Why are we trying to neutralize and equalize the sexes? Our Creator never has. Most women are tender, chaste, and delicate (See Jacob 2:7). They are virtuous. This isn’t a popular thing to say in our day as the real battle is far from the middle east, it is right here. It is the battle of identity and the mind (See Elder Bradley Foster’s Address). And unfortunately we don’t seem to be winning the battle right now in America. People are confused with who they are and their godlike purposes.
Margaret D. Nadauld, a fine example of a woman, said several years back: “Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity” (“The Joy of Womanhood,” Ensign, Nov. 2000).
The world has enough women who are tough. It has enough men who walk in pride and lust. Instead of pushing for equality in military service (which already is difficult on families), and instead of pushing for the descent of women to the coarser level of men, why don’t we encourage and protect the heavenly nature of women. Naduald gave a genuine invitation to women: “May we use with gratitude the priceless gifts we have been given for the lifting of mankind to higher thinking and nobler aspirations” (“The Joy of Womanhood,” Ensign, Nov. 2000). Admittedly men need that nudge, sometimes kindly and sometimes forcefully.
Elder Neal A. Maxwell (1924-2004) who was an Apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints extended the thought: “When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire or the shaping sound of lullabies? The great armistices made by military men or the peacemaking of women in homes and in neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congresses?” (“The Women of God,” Ensign, May 1978, 10–11). And may I add in the battlefields?
Drafting women for battle only makes the world coarser. This isn’t politically correct. But regardless of the chatter on social media, the blogs, and the broadcast, I am confident the majority of women in America understand their divine nature. It is encouraging that women in a variety of ways, on small stages and on large stages–gladly and selfishly–fulfill their responsibilities in the home, neighborhood, and the cities and states in our nation. Oh how their influence and wisdom is desperately needed. Their “price” being “far above rubies” may be an understatement (See Proverbs 31:10-31).