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.

We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.