Ms. Ireland’s YWCA: A Modest Proposal

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Patricia Ireland is not the head of a Christian organization. She wants us to be clear on this. This is despite the fact that the fiery former president of the National Organization for Women is now head of the Young Women’s Christian Association.

Terry Eastland of the Weekly Standard argues that the Ireland move means the YWCA ought to be honest–and change its name. After all, Ireland claims YWCA has “Christian roots” but is now a “social justice women’s organization.” Eastland asks: Why not the “Young Women’s Social Justice Association”?

Something tells me Eastland’s proposal won’t be well received with Ms. Ireland or her comrades on the cultural left. But, perhaps it will start an encouraging trend in truth-in-advertising.

When the Bishops of the United Methodist Social Justice Association release their latest foreign policy pronouncements, we’ll know Mr. Eastland’s suggestion has caught on.

Only when we see how lost we are, we can find our way again. Only when we bury what’s dead can we experience life again. Only when we lose our religion can we be amazed by grace again.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Editor in Chief of Christianity Today and is the author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (Penguin Random House).