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How Fundamentalists View Rape: Kavanaugh and Biblical Loopholes

Every now and then the same snake slithers onto stage. But, let me establish what I think is happening here first.

Fundamentalist Christians don’t actually respect the Bible, it’s a tool to use. They scour it looking for anything they can find to bash the people they hate, while diligently trying to find loopholes to excuse themselves and those they love.

For instance, the rabid religionists in New Zealand backed a fundamentalist hate party called the “Christian Heritage Party,” who as fundamentalists do, made hating gays a prime directive.

The head of the group was Graham Capill, who attacked others for their sexual activities. He presented himself as a pro-family advocate out to stop the godless and evil gays from marrying. And then he got caught raping two girls under the age of 12. One was just 8-years-old. He found every verse he could to bash others but none to damn himself.

After he pled guilty to his crimes he justified his actions by stating no where does the Bible condemn sex with children.

Pulling this sort of loophole hunting on behalf of Brett Kavanaugh is a Baptist bullshitter named Don Boys. Boys was briefly a Republican member of the Indiana state assembly while he was assistant pastor of the Indianapolis Baptist Temple, led by Rev. Greg Dixon, who was a top Moral Majority official.

I debated Dixon on radio in Chicago and had audio tapes of him publicly speaking about how gay people should all be killed. A series of three debates were scheduled and Dixon refused to show for the second one on the day it was scheduled so the third never took place. I did the second one on my own and Dixon’s followers called up screaming how unfair it was I was the only one speaking — it was their preacher who was too cowardly to show up.

Now, Dixon and Boys were two of the main sponsors for a rally in Indianapolis that I attended, which included Jerry Falwell and Anita Bryant. Boys was the sponsor of a piece of legislative excrement called the “Right to Decency Bill” which would make it a felony for anyone to be gay. Dixon, in the debate, admitted to me, on the air: “I don’t know how in the world you can get a society that won’t even put their murderers to death, I don’t know how you can ever get them to put these homosexuals to death but God’s word would uphold that. They which commit such things are worthy of death.”

Boys wrote a silly book, Liberalism: A Rope of Sand, where he openly stated his goal of using government force to make gays live according to the moral teachings of backwoods Baptists. “We want homosexuality to once again be a crime. We want homosexuals pressured into seeking help and to stop living as if Christ never lived on earth and never told men how to live. If they refuse to obey the law they should be placed in jail after a fair trial for the good of society.”

Strict authoritarianism is what Boys demands when it comes to people he hates, but how does he respond when someone he sees as an ally: Brett Kavanaugh is the sinner. Boys then does just the opposite searching the Bible for loopholes.

Boys went to the Bible in search of loopholes under Christian Sharia Law. There was no attempted rape he claims because there is no evidence Kavanaugh’s victim screamed and the Bible says it’s only rape if the woman screams. Never mind if she’s unconscious by biblical theory that means the rapists has a get of jail card.

“Rape is having sex with a woman while she screams for help. No scream, no rape according to Deuteronomy 22:23–24. Ford says Kavanaugh held his hand over her mouth so did she scream for help when his hand was elsewhere? After all, it was in a bedroom of a house; surely, one of the other 4 teens could have heard him scream when she bit his hand. Did she bite his hand? Poke him in the eye? Women know instinctively how to protect their honor: screaming, shouting, slapping, spitting, slugging, and stabbing with a finger, pencil, or hat pin. Since she did not cry out or stab him, I will not believe her without a film of the event.”

In addition, Boys found about loophole in Christian Sharia Law, a woman can’t be a victim unless two witnesses are present. Rape her when she’s alone and she’s just a slut, have an audience and you’re a bad boy—and she still a slut. The woman is never innocent, not since Eve in the mythical garden with a magical talking snake.

Moreover, Matthew 18:16 clearly commands that there must be at least two witnesses to validate a charge against a person. This is a repeat of Old Testament law. Ford has no witnesses. The other man who was allegedly there, Mark Judge said, “It’s just absolutely nuts. I never saw Brett act that way.” This week, another teen that was supposed to be there Patrick J. Smyth said the incident did not happen. That should settle it; now let’s all go home, pull down the shades, and get some sleep.”

Apparently Baptist Sharia Law would allow group rapes provided all the men present insist they are innocent. It’s only when two of them admit it happened that a crime is committed by them, until then it’s apparently the sinfulness of women at work.

Below is an October 14, 1977 piece I wrote about Boys and the rally in Indiapapolis.

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James Peron

James Peron

James Peron is the president of the Moorfield Storey Institute, was the founding editor of Esteem a LGBT publication in South Africa under apartheid.