The line between Fundamental Christians and Fundamental Muslims is not only thin, but broken in many places. The issue of rape and the support that both the bible and the koran give it is a topic that is rarely touched on, but it is one of the proverbial white elephants that should not be ignored. A fellow Atheist blogger posted an entry on May 12th in response to a comment he received from a Christian reader. The reply was lengthily and full of the usual drivel that is so common from the deluded religious masses, but within the response was a diatribe about Atheists using rape as an excuse to justify abortion. One of these comments was particularly disturbing. And I quite:
“Atheists always use rape as an argument for justifying killing because they want to justify abortion. But is rape really that bad? It’s a horrible experience but you get over it with time… I think any woman would easily tell you that a painful divorce is worse than rape but it’s not an excuse to kill your baby, so why is rape?…
Christian women can also take a lot more than atheist women… Christian women can turn to Christ or worship God in their hearts and endure great suffering. I’m not belittling it but think about it, no amount of suffering from rape is as great as the suffering our Lord suffered on the cross for our sins”
The horrifying thing about these comments is that they are not uncommon within Fundamental Christianity. This is just another example of the misogynistic world view that is held by these people. I am willing to bet that the person who posted this comment would have a completely different point of view if he was gang-raped.
As I have written in a previous entry, misogyny is built in to Christianity, and I cannot, for the life of me, understand why any woman would want to be part of it. The bible is rife with commands that women are to be be subservient to men. I personally know several christian men that keep “their women” in check by citing passages such as “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church”. Their wives are mousy little waits who willingly give up their say in some very important aspects of their marriage, such as when to have sex, where they are allowed to go by themselves and even access to the family bank accounts.
But I digress…
Fundy Christians and Fundy Muslims seem to be extreme opposites, particularly when you are speaking to a member of each of these faiths. But misogyny is not the only factor that makes them strange bedfellows. They share not only misogynist similarities, but in areas including creationism, the lord’s prayer/sureh fatehah, consanguinity, moral code (ten commandments), practices, concepts and secularism. Christians and Muslims share similar views on capital punishments on a wide range of topics, including homosexuality, adultery and apostasy, which both command a death sentence. In fact, the similarities of Sharia and Canon law are terrifyingly apparent when you look past the differences in other areas. Both Sharia and Canon Law obliges obedience in both social life and through politics. While there are many Islamic nations, there are movements in the United States to turn abandon the democracy for a theocracy, transforming it to a law based on the Pentateuch. Sarah Palin is one of these supporters who believe that the United States should be based on the Ten Commandments.
The rise of the Tea Party movement in the US is only one facet of the rising demand for a theocracy here. In Birmingham, Alabama, Sarah Palin headlined at the first Tea Party Convention. The convention ended up as more of a tent revival. The first Tea Party Convention was held in Birmingham, which as about an hour from where I live in Alabama. Anyone who attended this would have left without any doubt that the Tea Party movement is conservative and Christian and is looking to overthrow the secular US Government. The Birmingham Examiner reported that “Jesus filled the halls. Most conference sessions began with prayers. The speaking roster was filled with a bevy of star-studded right-wing culture warriors”
There were other Conservative Christian speakers on the dais that day, including Pastor Rick Scarborough, who is the leader of “Vision America”, a group whose mission is to “inform, encourage and mobilize pastors and their congregations to be proactive in restoring Judeo-Christian values to the moral and civic framework in their communities, states, and our nation… …thousands of local, state and federal offices lack the influence of God-fearing, Bible-believing citizens” and Judge Roy Moore, the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who was thrown out of office for violating an order by a Federal Judge to remove a plaque of the ten commandments from the courthouse. Moore is now running for Alabama Governor and gave a sermon at the convention that included gay bashing. The Examiner reported that it was “sad and discouraging is that many gathered at the convention applauded Moore’s hate speech”. Judge Moore has advocated in favor of the death penalty for gays and lesbians.Sarah Palin stated that she believes one of Congress’s top priorities should be “asking for divine intervention from God.” and that she wants our elected representatives to “proclaim their alliance to our Creator.” A visitor to one of these events stated that a woman got a standing ovation at a breakout session for preaching, “All the media types are asking us why we’re here. Here’s what I say. We’re all here for a little R&R — revival and revolt. If you’re not a Christian, and a person of faith, you just can’t understand what we’re doing!!”
How different is all of this from the fiery speeches that are given by Muslim leaders? How different is this from the Islamic drive to enforce Sharia law on the world? Dominionism is dominionism, no matter it be Christian or Muslim, and with it come all the warts and festering sores that are part of religious law, including the misogyny that is written into it. The United States is the only nation on the planet that has a completely secular constitution and it is because of this secular constitution the Supreme Court has made mandates to protect the rights of women and ensure that they have equal status under the law and rape is against the law here.
Yet few people know that the Bible often condones and even approves of rape. There are hundreds of scripture to back this up and even the most talented theologian cannot get around it. Just look here and here. In fact, one scripture demands that if a man is caught raping a woman, he has to pay a small fine and then marry the woman. What kind of a sadistic prick would make a rape victim marry her attacker? Answer: God…
When you are shocked about stories of Muslim woman being imprisoned for the crime of being raped, it should really come as no surprise that the above respondent’s comment about rape not really being “that bad”. The view of women that is held by many Christian men is not that different from those held by their Islamic counterparts.
And people wonder why we Atheists are fighting so hard for the eradication of religion in our society. This is yet another example of how religion poisons everything.