Gary Cass, the halfwit behind the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, has an easy solution to the problem of rape exceptions for abortion. If we just executed rapists like they did in the Bible, he says, there wouldn’t be any rape and we wouldn’t need such exceptions.
Cass countered that the real issue with rape exceptions is that “we’ve abandoned a Christian worldview as it relates to law.”
“In biblical times, rape was a capital offense,” he said. “So because we don’t treat rape the way God would have us to treat rape, now we have a woman, many women who are suffering because we aren’t doing our job as men protecting our wives and our daughters with the right kinds of law and right kind of enforcement, putting them in a very bad situation.”
He added that “as wrong as the act of rape is,” abortion is an equal or greater “moral catastrophe.”
“It is so devastating that, as tragic as the rape was, to add then the guilt of infanticide and abortion and murder to it is not going to be helpful.”
But it simply isn’t true that rape was a capital offense in the Bible. It was only a capital offense if the woman was married. This is all commanded in Deuteronomy 22: 23-29:
If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her; Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city.
But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die. … For he found her in the field, and the betrothed damsel cried, and there was none to save her.
If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.
So if a married woman is raped but she doesn’t cry out loud enough for someone to hear her, both the rapist and his victim are put to death. If a married woman does cry out, the rapist is put to death but not the victim. But if an unmarried woman is raped, the rapist not only is not put to death, the victim has to marry him. The reason why a rapist is put to death for raping a married woman but not an unmarried one is because the Bible treats the real crime as one against property. A married woman is the property of her husband so if she is raped, it’s a crime against him. An unmarried woman is fair game. She can be raped and the rapist just has to buy her from her father, i.e. her current property owner, then he can go on raping her forever.
And just like the Bible forces a woman to marry her rapist, Cass wants to force women to raise a rapist’s child.