I keep being told that atheists have no basis for morality and that religion, specifically Christianity, makes people better. So when I heard about a man in Arizona saying something thoroughly evil like women who wear yoga pants deserve to be raped, I immediately think “Gee, someone get that guy some Christianity pronto.”
Oh, he’s a pastor? Well…shit.
During the protest, Saxton held a sign reading, “You Deserve Rape.” And he shouted at women to “give up your immodest clothing” and “yoga pants are sin.”
“One street preacher said, you know, if you dress like it, you act like it, different things like that, you’re asking for it,” he opined to Vice. “Therefore, you deserve rape. And his last three words I felt like were nice, and I decided to put them on a sign, and go to the event.”
“I believe there are certain qualities that may be worthy of rape,” the street preacher added. “If a woman dresses proactively, gets blackout drunk, and is wearing really revealing clothing, then I would say that she is partially responsible for the rape.”
This man is either admitting to being a rapist or to not giving people what he thinks they deserve (or to being a liar).
Someone doesn’t cover their body to the degree Saxton thinks they should and they deserve rape? Maybe I’ll rob his house and, when questioned, say “He didn’t have bars on the windows, he deserved to have them broken and his Playstation 4 stolen.” Listen dude, it doesn’t matter if the woman is walking around stark naked, if she says “Don’t have sex with me” then you shouldn’t be touching her. With all the useless, boring begats in the bible you’d think god could find the space for “Oh, and don’t fucking rape people.” Maybe that moral edict could’ve been put in place of some of the passages in the bible where people are raped?
Or maybe god figured people wouldn’t need to be told something so obvious.
Can we just admit that good people are compassionate and caring of their neighbors and that bad people aren’t, and that what they believe about a Jewish guy rising from the dead a couple thousand years ago doesn’t change that?