Monday, November 23, 2015

Women are despised in the sickening OT

This sickening book (Bible) encourages readers to commit sexual violence against women and then abuse or kill them.  This book describes women, being stoned, burnt, cut to pieces after they were forced into sex.
In Genesis we read:  “Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. 23 And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly. 24 Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing. 25 But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go. 26 Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the man's house where her lord was, till it was light. 27 And her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way: and, behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold. 28 And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going. But none answered. Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his place. 29 And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel. 30 And it was so, that all that saw it said, there was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day.”

Would you let your child read this? There are hundreds of passages of explicit sex, stories of raping virgins, hundreds of pages of pure violence and massacres, beheading firstborns –all of which no minor should ever be allowed to read.

The Holy Bible wants women to be burnt if she has sex with a man. “And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire." (Leviticus 21:9). This misogynistic book literally makes a game of bashing, killing and horrific violence against women. This book spreads the idea that women exist for man’s sex needs and they deserve to be sexually exploited by men; they are scapegoats for male violence. It is full of hatred and contempt for women. Bible is a book with sexual violence, sexual exploitation or the abuse of women. It oppresses women throughout too. Books like this have groomed and are grooming boys to do violence against women and girls.

There is a lot of sex in the Bible including incest. It is written, Cain after killing his brother, knew his “wife” and begot Henoch. As there was no sister mentioned to him in the Bible he must have impregnated his own mother. Abraham married his half-sister, Howbeit and God approved of this union (Genesis 20:12-13) and had sex with her until she died at the age of 127. Lot has sex with his daughters who got pregnant from him. As one does not get pregnant overnight they must have had intercourse with him for a prolonged period. Er, Judah’s firstborn was killed by God. Later Judah commanded Onan to go and impregnate his brother’s wife. But Onan withdrew and sprinkled his sperm on the ground. This displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also." (Genesis 38:7-10).

Women are considered evil in the Bible. It is written, “Of the woman came the beginning of sin, and through her we all die.” Although God punishes both Adam and Eve for disobeying his directions, He places the majority of the blame on Eve for tempting her husband. God wanted women to live subservient to man. We see God punishing Eve more in the Genesis. She is made to suffer and bring forth children in pain. And the harsh punishment to Eve is applied to the entire women to come after her. This is unjust and can only be construed as a prejudiced decision of God to oppress females.   

"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 the girl's father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. The compensation for raping a woman is paying a few shekels to the father of the girl!  God punishes her again by forcing her to marry the man who savagely attacked her chastity.  This is  disgusting. If a man rapes an engaged virgin who doesn’t cry loud enough to draw attention, the community should consider the attack consensual if it took place within the city, then the whore must be stoned to death as per God’s instructions. (Deuteronomy 22:24). Fathers could sell their daughters as slaves to other men.(See Exodus 21:7-8) Girls who engaged in prostitution could be burned! Read Leviticus 21:9 "And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire."

Collecting more wives and sex slaves was a sign of status In the Old Testament books. Among those who have several wives and/or concubines are Gideon, Elkanah, David, Rehoboam, Abijah, and Solomon. King Solomon had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines and Solomon was a great hero of the Jewish people.

Women were just like any other possession of men: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. (Exodus 20:17) 

Brides, who were not virgins or who did not have their hymen intact (as a sign of virginity) had to be killed.  “If, however the charge is true and no proof of the girl’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death.” Deuteronomy 22:20-21. But why there is no punishment mentioned for non-virgin men? Women would become non virgins only if men violated their virginity. But why punish women alone on this account, you silly God?  

After winning a war with the Midianites Moses, as God had instructed him to do, asks to save  every girl who has never slept with a man. (Numbers 31:14-18) Even God receives thirty-two virgins as his share of the spoils, but they’re handed over to the priest. The reserved virgins will be raped of course.

 There cannot be any justification for the special status that Abraham’s God gave to males making women their possessions meant for child-bearing and sex gratification. Fundamentalists are still fighting desperately to hang on to the special treatment men had and the privileges they used to enjoy in the Abrahamic faith. The early books of the Bible-all of them-show that God ordained men to rule over women. 

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