The following statement was issued by Dan Hazelwood, a spokesman for Rep. Steve Pearce in regard to matters related to Pearce's book:
It is unfortunate The Washington Post has ignored the facts and writes a headline the opposite of the story. The Post falsely and inaccurately mischaracterizes Pearce’s comments. The chapter in his book discusses how the Pearce’s manage their relationship and how they grappled with the bible’s words. This was a piece of either sloppy journalism or wilful intent to deceive. The words clearly written show that Pearce believes the phrase “submission” is widely misunderstood in society and criticizes those who distort the bible to justify male dominance.
NO WHERE in the book does Steve Pearce suggest these rules apply to other people. NO WHERE in the book does Steve Pearce even quote the section of the bible. It is a chapter talking about how he and his wife discussed and grappled with the words in Ephesians.
Even The Washington Post story cites Pearce’s book demonstrating that Pearce referencing the bible passage means something very different than the conclusions others are leaping too.
The Washington Post writes,
1) Pearce “emphasizes repeatedly in the chapter that submission doesn't mean inferiority but rather that husbands and wives play different roles. He also says it doesn't mean his wife doesn't have a say in major decisions.”
2) “Pearce's book doesn't quote this verse, but it does criticize men who use this passage in order to "bully their wives and families." He says that "authoritarian control is not given to the husband."”
What the Washington Post refused to put in the story were other CLEAR statements by Pearce from the same Chapter of the book, including:
“I reasoned that surely Jesus did not in any way teach the idea of a chauvinistic male-centered marriage.”
“We are all created in God’s image, I reasoned, so it could not be that the man is in some way superior or the wife inferior.”
“Male dominance that was never God’s intent. “
“I realized the husband is to give up his independence and must get his priorities right, setting aside his own desires to serve his spouse and family.”
“The tensions that inevitably occur when either party insists on his or her way disappeared as we developed our trust and coordination”
“Cynthia and I flourish because we operate as a team.”
“Studies show that, in marriages, the women make many of the day-to-day decisions; data in fact supports the idea that women make the vast majority of the healthcare, education, and spending choices in their families. Many women juggle multiple responsibilities in the workplace and home, all the while remaining sensitive to the emotions and needs of each family member.”