Mark H. Creech wrote for Agape Press:
Is chivalry completely dead? Are men such wimps today that none are outraged enough to rise up and defend their wives, their sweethearts, their daughters, against those who would send them into harm’s way? Advocating women register for the draft is a life-threatening -- as well as a family-threatening -- danger to every young girl who is of draft age now or in the future.
We cannot possibly know what the future holds in terms of war or a reinstated draft that would require involuntary conscription of young women. ... Although I profoundly respect all women who have served in our nation’s military admirably, to require women register for the draft is not only uncivilized but also degrading to women and a serious attack on family integrity.
We should note that similar indignation could be expressed over drafting men — at least, if our indignation was a consequence of not wanting human beings to suffer through the horrors of war. Yet not such reaction is forthcoming from Creech, which means we must assume that sending a person to war isn’t the problem, only sending women is.
But why? Assuming that a women passed all of the physical requirements, it shouldn’t be a question of combat effectiveness. No, for Creech and those like him, sending women into combat threatens the “family” because it challenges traditional male and female social roles. Women are the nurturers, men are the protectors. If women are allowed to serve as protectors and warriors, that could undo all of the work that evangelicals have done to put women back in their place in the homes. We can’t have that, now can we?