Now let’s deal with the matter of Rape & Sexual Assault in the Bible. Yes, believe it or not the bible has a rather comprehensive & in-depth guide on how to deal with the sexual assault of women. Its strange that nowhere in this guide does it actually say, “Don’t fucking do it”, even the commandments seem to be missing an 11th “Thou shalt not rape”. Now let me come to the bibles defense for a tiny second, it’s clear from some text that sexual assault on women was kind of frowned upon even in those days. But this does not negate the undeniable fact that it consistently makes provision for rape & sexual assault on women.
Part 2 of this series outlines a part of a much larger problem with religion’s assault on the female character. Some scriptures outlined hear make it abundantly clear that the rights of women where simply not valued by biblical standards.
If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay her father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives. WTF?
If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as male servants do. If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself, he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her. If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter. If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing, and marital rights. If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.
if you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife.
but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
If a man happens to meet in a town a virgin pledged to be married and he sleeps with her, you shall take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death—the young woman because she was in a town and did not scream for help, and the man because he violated another man’s wife. You must purge the evil from among you.
Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.
Talks about how Jacob’s daughter Dinah was raped by a man who had “tender feelings” towards her, he later deceitfully entered negotiations with the perps who requested that the violated daughter be married to the man who raped her. Eventually the offenders where all slaughtered, but the practice of marrying women to the men who rape them is a recurring theme in the bible.
“Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them. “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the Lord in the Peor incident, so that a plague struck the Lord’s people. Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
Rape In The Bible
One cannot read any of this and seriously say that the bible and indeed any other religious text is in favor of protection of women’s rights. The general premise of assault seems to be if a woman does not scream from the city or the fields then it does not qualify as rape, and both the male and female must be stone. But If the girl is a virgin and does scream, then the offending male must marry her without the possibility of divorce or pay her father 50 shillings of silver for he’s troubles. Forcing women into sex or marriage is also entirely legal under the laws of slavery and the spoils of war. Its also perfectly acceptable and admirable for a man to offer up he’s virgin daughters to be violated in place of he’s guests. Captured women are similarly treated as property that can be used for one self or passed to children.
Flipping It Around
In many places of the bible religious scholars will often debate the use of a single word in all its translation to justify what’s being written. I honestly fail to see the point in doing this, many of the fundamental religions even today actively discriminate against women. God for such an all-powerful being seems to have extremely poor communication skills, if he’s words are so easily misinterpreted or “taken out of context”. It’s hard to hold the bible as a shining beacon for how sexual assault on women should be handle. The next article will further reiterate this by showing how women and their rights are treated in general.