ISIL Rape Theology: When “God” Erases Conscience
ISIL leadership has deemed rape to be spiritually beneficial.
Including child rape:
It is permissible to have intercourse with the female slave who hasn’t reached puberty, if she is fit for intercourse.
Obedience to God can cause people to lose their conscience.
This New York Times story about the Islamic State was the most read and shared in the last few days.
Among other atrocities the article tells of a 12-year-old who was sexually assaulted for days, even as she bled heavily. An older woman who had been kidnapped along with the child recalled,
He destroyed her body. She was badly infected. The fighter kept coming and asking me, ‘Why does she smell so bad?’ And I said, she has an infection on the inside, you need to take care of her.
But the man ignored the child’s agony, and kept up his ritual of praying before and after raping her, saying, “Having sex with her pleases God.”
Almost all Muslims see this — along with ISIL, generally — as a betrayal of their religion.
And Islam is not alone in using God to erase conscience.
Studies have shown that from a very young age children have a conscience. When they watch a cartoon where one character harms another the children don’t like those who do harm. They want to help and not hurt.
Yet I can cite a number of instances where people have caused great harm because they believed God wanted them to.
Kill and torture in God’s name
During the Christian Crusades and The Inquisition people were tortured and murdered in the name of God. And Sir Thomas Moore was said to have tortured Protestant heretics who broke from the Catholic Church.
Abandoning sons and encouraging child sexual assault
Fundamentalist Mormons who practice polygamy find themselves in a quandary since there are equal numbers of women and men at marriageable age. What to do? Marry girls at younger and younger ages — basically child abuse. And accuse boys of crimes – using frivolous charges — and then tell their parents to abandon their sons in the desert as punishment. (Luckily non-fundamentalists know about this and pick the boys up.)
Women throw themselves on funeral pyres
Hindu women were once expected to throw themselves on funeral pyres where their husbands were being cremated.
Forcing girls to die in a burning building
A fire broke out at a girls dorm a few years ago in the Middle East. As the girls rushed to escape they didn’t stop to find their burqas. So guards forced them back inside because the men didn’t want to sin by seeing an unveiled woman.
Committing suicide because homosexuality displeases God
Today a lot of folks behave in ways that cause people to feel horrible about themselves, torture themselves through electric shock therapy (etc) to try to change (unsuccessfully), leaving some committing suicide when they can’t change. All because some people tell others that their homosexuality displeases God.
I’ll burn in hell before returning a man to slavery
In contrast, Huckleberry Finn finds himself in a dilemma when he meets an escaped slave named Jim. Not returning him to his master went against both state law and God’s law, as he had been taught. In the end he figured he’d just have to burn in hell because he couldn’t bring himself to return a man to slavery. Huck followed his conscience instead of religious dictates.
Harming others to gain salvation?
It’s the ultimate in selfishness to harm others in hopes of gaining salvation.
Is God really pro-selfishness?
And if you do something that causes harm because “God told you,” you lose your conscience.
Is that really what God wants?
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Posted on August 17, 2015, in psychology, rape and sexual assault, violence against women, women and tagged Child Rape, ISIL, ISIS, pleasing God, psychology, rape, religion, sexual assault, violence against women, women. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.