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Some Calif. state senators protest pastor calling absent working moms 'sinful'

Some Calif. state senators protest pastor calling absent working moms ‘sinful’: “Bowen and other lawmakers said they were furious to learn that the Rev. Ralph Drollinger, who leads a Bible study class for lawmakers, wrote in a Bible lesson that women lawmakers with young children at home are sinners. ‘It is one thing for a mother to work out of her home while her children are in school,’ wrote Drollinger. ‘It is quite another matter to have children in the home and live away in Sacramento for four days a week. Whereas the former could be in keeping with the spirit of Proverbs 31, the latter is sinful.'”Sin is a strong word. How about wrong? Unwise? Selfish? The Rev. Drollinger made the mistake of putting God’s Word and common sense before the career goals of the working mothers. Of course, the point could be made that Dad could be the full time care giver. That would work in some cases. Otherwise, what is wrong with saying that no one in todays civilization has to marry and have children? In normal situations, parents should do what is best for children. Having mother in Sacramento four days a week, if father also works, is not best for the children.

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