An onscreen Bible reading which demanded women be submissive to their husbands has sparked calls to end religious broadcasting on public television in Belgium. The New Testament reading, from Ephesians 5.22 – 33, was broadcast on radio and Flemish TV station VRT from a Catholic mass in the town of Grimbergen. A lay reader said, “Women, be submissive to your husband as the husband to the Lord. For

the man is the head of the woman as Christ is the head of the church.” Sven Gatz, the media minister for the Dutch-speaking Belgian region of Flanders who represents the Flemish liberal party, tweeted: “No outdated, woman-unfriendly statements … please. What if, for example, an imam would have said this?” He told newspaper Het Nieuwsblad: “The fact that they come from an old book is not an argument for letting them go to our people. READ MORE