Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

The perils of "I don't need to investigate in depth" attitude

Just how many of my fellow atheists have read in the Bible that a rapist must marry his victim, without it occurring to them, or finding through investigation of the Jewish commandments, that this means he cannot get out of it if she demands marriage? In other words, he is trapped, not she.

They could have a case (although one with different content) if they argued that, in the patriarchal society, the victim’s father could make the decision, but they don’t bother. Instead they leap into attack as soon as they think they have a ‘gotcha’. They read the Bible like the vicious evangelical fundie chauvinist pigs they love to argue with.

(Similar things pertain to the New Testament, though in that case the trouble is abetted by terrible mistranslations of the Greek, and reliance on printed words rather than oral tradition.)

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