In keeping with the title of this Thread I would like to focus on point #2 "It is the male authored Bible that promotes rape and denies women their rights."
Originally Posted by Rose
I chose the verses in 2Samuel to epitomize the status of women as the property of men, which Yahweh uses as weapons to punish men. The men themselves are not directly punished for their sins, but rather women are used to inflict a sort of perverted "punishment" upon them by allowing the men to rape the women.
In the example below it is Saul who has transgressed the laws of Yahweh, so as punishment his wives are given to David to be raped (the reason I use the word rape is because anytime a woman is sexually used against her will it is considered rape). As time goes on David sees a woman named Bathsheba whom he desires and commits adultery with. Bathsheba is the wife of Uriah who is the captain of his army, so David sends Uriah to the front lines to have him killed, so he can marry her. Now, Yahweh is none to happy about this bad behavior of David especially since he gave David Saul's wives, so as punishment he takes the wives of Saul that he gave to David and gives them to Davids son Absalom to rape upon his housetop! Once again, Yahweh's perverted punishment is inflicted on the innocent women who have been used as property and raped. David even gets to keep the woman he committed adultery with, yet his innocent baby is killed!
It seems like the men are getting rewarded and the women screwed, or is this what God calls justice!
2Sam.12:7-11 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives (Saulís) into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives (formerly Saulís) before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.
2 Sam.16:21-22 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father's concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee be strong. So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.
Not only does God allow rape, he COMMANDS it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!