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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Because The Bible Tells Me So

In the Bible, it's pretty clear that women are to be quiet, obedient, and fruitful, but most folks don't really think that applies to today's modern woman. Well, that is except that their are religious sects that do indeed consider women second class with preachers that promote inequality and even Biblical death penalties for crimes real or imagined. These men take to the airwaves, pulpits, and bookshelves to ensure that we keep a sense of morality that was passe 4000 years ago.

One of the many who believe that women are still chattel is Ron Hamman, Pastor of the Independent Baptist Church of Wasilla, Alaska, who wrote this damning statement when referring to the validity of spousal rape claims:

I, for one, have never had any woman make such an allegation against her husband to me. But even if these accusations are as vast as alleged, there are major problems with them from a Biblical standpoint. 

For instance, there is the problem of truth. That is, this kind of allegation becomes her word against his word. And while I understand that in Alaska the lone female is able to convict her alleged perpetrator, this goes contrary to the Bible. In the book of Deuteronomy we find the following: “One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.”

While this may be a problem for some in that this is Old Testament, this is carried over into the Christian era in Matthew 18: “But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one of two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.”

The purpose for this is the preservation of justice. The truth is that people, including women, can lie. Thus, in not requiring two or three witnesses to the event, Alaska statute proves itself to be unjust, and likewise those legislators responsible for it. But then again, what more can we expect from the lost?

He's right- it says so in Deuteronomy. It's the part of the Bible that Muslims get their laws from, which include stoning of rape victims. In fact, the only Biblical instance when a man can be given a severe penalty for rape is if he rapes a virgin woman in the city. But the thing is, they both suffer the penalty of death.

But rape in a marriage? Such things are imaginary anyways; a sign the spouse is wrong in the eyes of the Flying Space Pervert. And it's not only the victim's fault, but a blight on the American people as seen in the eyes of the omnipotent Cretan.

But this is not the only problem. The next question we need to ask is to whom does the body belong? While in our day of feminism it is asserted that a woman’s body is her own. Biblically speaking, this is only true prior to marriage, for in Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians we read:

“Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.”

The truth is that God has given to us physical needs we commonly refer to as a “sex drive,” and he has designed for these to be met within the bounds of marriage. The trouble comes when one spouse or the other decides to exact retaliation against the other because of some offense and withholds him or herself from his or her mate. This is wickedness, and such is a violation of the spirit of marriage on the part of the withholder.

Thus, if these allegations of spousal rape are due to the wife withholding herself in attempt to control or punish her husband, she is out of line with God. And it doesn’t matter how many laws are passed, it will just be another reason why God will not bless America.

But then again, this is how far out of line with God America is.

  Pastors like this one are exactly what's wrong with the world. Religious adherence means turning a blind eye to what are true abominations- ones that involve real people in real society as opposed to a mythical Sun god.  Those who violently attack their partners should go to jail, and if that makes America out of line with this god, maybe it's followers should get the fuck out.

  There is no excuse for barbaric behaviour, but those who do it at the behest of their imaginary friend take it to new lows.

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