I am, I can't help it. The conservatives are right in at least one point: this could be the issue that causes the whole thing to go nuclear. It can't be ignored, and it exposes all the cognitive dissonance and internal contradictions baked into the cake of SDAism. It's worth a visit to the Spectrum site just to watch the cons dance around the role of Ellen WHite while still holding to "male headship," which to them is a "principle."
I have no passions about this, except to note how lucky I am to no longer be involved in an organization where this sort of thing is controversial.
You know, wouldn't this make a great Jezebel article? Someone should drop it in their tips box. ;)
Then again, for a group that fancies itself unique in all the Earth, gender discrimination isn't a unique problem. It's probably too hum-drum for Jezebel!
The two issues I see that are likely to continue to drive people of the Millennial generation and the one after them out of religion is equality for women and LGBT rights or one denomination after another will change with the culture, just like they did with slavery 150 - 200 years ago.
I see things havent changed much in 35 years! In 1978 I was the first woman (at age 19) to deliver a sermon in our entire State (perhaps in my country!) and it was considered very radical. i then went off to study theology, and was one of 2 women doing so - however it was made clear we would not be 'ordained' which made me angry. Not to worry, after studying theology, especially polemics, I just couldnt keep believing, and a year later I left. Recently I asked a still staunch SDA friend from those days if there were any women pastors yet - and no, only elders. I cant believe they are still having this debate, or that women in the SDA church still put up with it!
The more things change, the more they stay the same. But, on the upside, maybe this will give a few more folks the push they need to escape the mind control.