A word about Half the Sky

There is a book called Half the Sky: Turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. (New York: Random House, Inc., 2009) that needs a word of comment, because it is bad and Christian women read it, so we need to know how to warn them.

Two brief examples will be enough to give a sufficient taste of the book…

Mocking God’s Word

In Deuteronomy 22, God provides protection for a virgin defamed by her husband as well as protection for a family and nation from the guilt of harlotry. Living in the United States of Sodom as we do, we find God’s wisdom in this difficult to grasp; but this reflects poorly on us, not on God.

Meanwhile, Kristof and WuDunn mock God’s Word and announce that they are holier than God:

Of all the things that people do in the name of God, killing a girl because she doesn’t bleed on her wedding night is among the most cruel…The cult of virginity has been exceptionally widespread. Not only does the Bible advocate stoning girls to death when they fail to bleed on their wedding sheets…
–Chapter 5, The Shame of “Honor”, p. 81

Think about the implications of this: Kristof and WuDunn believe they are holier than God. “Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!” they say. To whom then will they turn for salvation on that Day? Woe to them!


It is an abomination to fools to turn away from evil. – Prov 13:19

Kristof and WuDunn’s calling evil good and good evil regarding abortion is more nuanced (and therefore more seductive) than their open mocking of God’s law in Deuteronomy, but it is just as treacherous:

Rose Wanjera, a twenty-six-year-old woman in Kenya, showed up at a maternity clinic one afternoon. She had a small child in tow, and her stomach bulged with another on the way. Rose was sick and penniless and had received no prenatal care…The clinic that Rose visited represents an unusual outpost of a consortium formed by aid organizations to provide reproductive health care for refugee women, who tend to be among the most forlorn and needy people on Earth. The consortium includes CARE, the International Rescue Committee, and AMDD, Allan Rosenfield’s organization at Columbia University. This particular clinic was run by another member of the consortium, Marie Stopes International—but then George W. Bush cut off funds to Marie Stopes and the entire consortium, all around the world, because Marie Stopes was helping to provide abortions in China. One might have understood cutting funds to the China program, but slashing funds for the consortium in Africa was abhorrent. The funding cut forced Marie Stopes to drop a planned outreach program to help Somali and Rwandan refugees. It had to close two clinics in Kenya and to lay off eighty doctors and nurses—precisely the staff who were looking after Rose. She became one of untold victims of American abortion politics that effectively eliminated her only source of health care…
–Chapter 8, Family Planning and the “God Gulf”, pp. 131-132

Let’s think about this: all Marie Stopes International had to do was give up their murderous abortions and they would not be denied funding. But they refused, demonstrating that baby-slaughter is THE priority for them. Marie Stopes International is so committed to murdering babies that she would rather Rose Wanjera and countless others die painful deaths rather than give up their slaughter. Then Kristof & WuDunn prostitute their journalistic skills to make it appear that Bush was the wicked cause of those deaths because he refused to fund such organizations.

Half the Sky graphically portrays the evils of prostitution, slavery, rape, neglect, and sex-selective abortions of girls; but hating God and His Word, the gospel the authors preach is a false gospel of salvation for women through microfinance, education, birth control, and not needing no man.

Kristof and WuDunn cannot teach us how to love God or our neighbor. Truly, even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.

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