Dr. Gafney discusses tough texts in the old testament at 33min mark
(but the tough texts in Islam and Judaism are interesting too, if you have 78 minutes to spare)
The second issue is that the closest the bible gets to condemning rape actually makes the situation worse. First, it appears that only virgins can be raped. Because patriarchy. Basically, ensuring paternity was more important to Bible dudes than actual, living, breathing, suffering women. Second, women seem to be punished for being raped (with a forced marriage to their rapist or by being stoned to death). Or, in the case of Bathsheda, her infant son was killed because of the rape and murder committed by David (a "man after God's own heart," WHAT?!). Again, the concern here is with men and their line of progeny. Women aren't even an afterthought. It is almost like they aren't even human. I mean, WTF, Bible?
The final issue is that the Bible is so ambiguous about the topic of rape that it opens the door for religious conservatives to rapesplain (which never works out well for them, but when has something like a little evidence ever stopped an illogical republican?). You'll see lots of stupid comments on this topic claiming: that's not really rape because she's married/didn't try hard enough to stop it!/must have really wanted it. Like MAKE IT STOP. (if you can get into translation-related explanation, then I'll listen. but if you're just a rape apologist, kindly save it.) Listening to these people is almost as bad as reading the Bible. Ugh. And not Paul or a single one of his New Testament friends could stop for a moment to say, "rape is bad, you guys. Don't do it." But he had plenty of time to tell women other unhelpful crap.
|This comment is from The Blaze. Glenn Beck's website where crazy conservatives go to vomit stupidity on each other and roll around in it like pigs. Lucky for us, the blaze is starting an 'in defense of the bible thing.' According to this lady, commenting on their first post in the series, date rape is legal?? And also, women you get raped because you LEAVE THE HOUSE. hashtag, victim blaming. Let's ignore the fact that girls are most at risk for being raped by relatives (who generally live with or visit them) and that most rapes happen in the home. That includes lots of girls in the Bible. so much to hate here, I just. I can't.|