The passage today is 1 Corinthians 14:34-35. Let your women keep silence (Gr. sigao) in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak (laleo); but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. 35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak (laleo) in the church. "Feminist Christians" and other apostates will appeal to this verse in attempt to discredit Ephesians 5:22-24, Colossians 3:18, et al, by interpreting them culturally rather than literally. They ask, must we remain silent in the churches? My response: this passage does NOT restrict women from speaking (talking) in the church, but it does clearly prohibit them from teaching (over men). To 'keep silence' is to hold their peace, or to keep secret. Click Here. And 'to speak' is translated from the Greek word laleo, which according to Strong's can be defined as "to use words in order to declare one's mind and disclose one's thoughts..." http://thesaurus.reference.com/browse/speak Note the many synonyms of 'speak': assert, articulate, declare, advise, exhort, and so forth. When reading the passage in this context, we know women are permitted to talk in the churches, so long as they are not teaching over men (Read 1 Timothy 2:12), debating, etc. The meaning of this passage is clear: women should not be speaking OVER men in the churches. This is not a cultural issue!