Dear Congressman, Regarding Plans to Draft My Daughter…


A father in our church penned this letter to his Representative.  Don’t miss the last paragraph.

Rep. Huizenga,

I am a taxpayer from your district writing to you because I’ve read in the news that a bill has been introduced to the House considering a requirement for women to register for the draft.

I want to encourage you to oppose any requirement for our daughters to register in the Selective Service.

The truth is that God created men and women differently.  Men and women are physically and mentally suited to excel in different areas. 

The Declaration of Independence evokes “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” in its preamble.  Nature itself, via physical endowment, and Nature’s God, through His Word, have assigned to men the roles of protector and provider.  I am trying to teach my sons that it honors God and honors women when men live out these assignments, imitating our Protector and Provider in Heaven.

It would be wrong for our government to force fathers, husbands, and brothers to abandon their God-given duty to protect their daughters, wives, and sisters from harm.  The role of fighting is for men.  To force families to give up their daughters to military service is a form of discrimination against Christian people who are attempting to order their lives according to the revelation of scripture.

I believe that God gave me a daughter as a precious gift, and it is my God-assigned duty to protect her and provide for her.  I want to protect her from being shot at by enemy troops.  I want to protect her from being sexually assaulted by fellow soldiers. 

If drafting women is something that the Congress finds inevitable, could you a least include a provision that would allow a father, such as myself, to go and serve in the stead of my daughter, should she be called upon?  I would rather die fighting myself, than send her to war.  It’s my duty, not hers. 


Matt Potter

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Mark Chanski (author of Manly Dominion; Womanly Dominion; and Encouragement: Adrenaline for the Soul) has labored as a full-time Pastor since 1986 in churches in Ohio and Michigan. He has been Pastor of Harbor Church in Holland, Michigan, since 1994. He has also been elected as Coordinator of the Reformed Baptist Network. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Cornerstone University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He teaches Hermeneutics for the Reformed Baptist Seminary in Sacramento, CA. Mark is married to his wife Dianne, and has fathered their four sons and one daughter, whose ages stretch from 36 to 26 (born 1983 to 1994).
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2 Responses to Dear Congressman, Regarding Plans to Draft My Daughter…

  1. David D'Arcy says:

    The most articulate letter I’ve ever read on this subject. I have not been very impressed with our representative and I’d be very interested as to whether you get a form letter response or a real concerned letter in reply.

    Warmly, Dave D’Arcy

  2. veronica deleon says:

    Good points that many politicians avoid.

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