Literal Biblical Translation

April 23, 2012 in Health Policy, Misc by RangelMD

Religious conservatives and biblical literalists dominate the American Republican party these days. That’s a shame because all of this quasi-religious-morality-masturbation by the “religious right” severely distracts from some serious issues that need to be addressed.

But it is fun and interesting to see how people adhere to certain segments of a two thousand year old document and completely and conveniently ignore other parts . A case in point is Deuteronomy 22:28-29, to wit,

“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 shekelsof silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.”

Not only are you unlikely to ever see this biblical verse in numerical form under the eyes of Tim Tebow, but you are unlikely to see the GOP advocating for this biblical law as an inclusion to any state sexual crimes statues.

BUT,

Of course the same literalists will be opposed to a woman’s right to chose and a homosexual couple’s right to be protected by the same civil laws that apply to heterosexual couples based on . . . . . . biblical literalism because the Bible is supposed to be the word of God.

“The word”? It gets very interesting when you analyze the idiosyncrasies that arise in many verses. Deuteronomy 22:28-29 specifically states that a man should marry his rape victim and pay 50 shekels of silver only if they are discovered!

Seriously?

Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t GOD, by definition, supposed to be all knowing? And if she is, then why include such a qualifying statement to an obvious rape-and-punishment edict? The answer should be that Deuteronomy was originally part of a basic local civil justice code for nomadic desert people from two thousand years ago that should not necessarily apply to modern life.

The next time that someone advocates against civil rights for same sex couples, ask them if they also would require that rapists marry their victims? Obviously only if they were discovered.

(Found per Reddit)

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