Breaking news!!! Salon is reporting that 2014 years ago the Almighty God sexually assaulted and impregnated a young woman from Galilee named Mary. I’m actually not kidding here. The lefty loons at Salon ran a story complaining that God raped Mary.
It’s hard to believe this story didn’t come from the pages of Rolling Stone, but it’s no less ridiculous. According to the author, “rape is so intrinsic to religion.”
Powerful gods and demi-gods impregnating human women—it’s a common theme in the history of religion, and it’s more than a little rapey.
Though the earliest Christians had a competing story, in the Gospel of Luke, the Virgin Mary gets pregnant when the spirit of the Lord comes upon her and the power of the Most High overshadows her.
And just why is this a problem? According to the author:
The impregnation process may be a “ravishing” or seduction or some kind of titillating but nonsexual procreative penetration. The story may come from an Eastern or Western religious tradition, pagan or Christian. But these encounters between beautiful young women and gods have one thing in common. None of them has freely given female consent as a part of the narrative. (Luke’s Mary assents after being not asked but told by a powerful supernatural being what is going to happen to her, “Behold the bond slave of the Lord: be it done to me . . .”)
Not only does “no mean no,” but also the author feels God should have gotten at least a verbal commitment from Mary before impregnating her with his son. It may not have been forcible rape, but it was a sexual assault nonetheless, you know, if you are insane enough to believe this.
This God rape theory takes an even more sinister turn as the author points out how Mary didn’t even have the power to give her consent in a male-centric society:
This is the context for the miraculous conception stories, and in this context, the consent of a woman is irrelevant. Within a society that treats female sexuality as a male possession, the only consent that can be violated is the consent of a woman’s owner, the man with the rights to her reproductive capacity—typically her father, fiancé, or husband.
And finally, like we don’t already think the author is batsh*t crazy, we get the theory that by God raping Mary, it has enabled modern man to rape with a sense of entitlement:
But even closer to home for many is the shocking prevalence on college campuses and in society at large of sexual manipulation and coercion perpetrated by males who otherwise seem morally intact. One can’t help but notice that a large number of high profile cases involve high status males: fraternity members, a famous actor, a radio host, small town football stars and big league professional athletes—men, in other words, who think they are gods. Convinced of their own deific qualities, it just follows that the object of their attentions has gotta want it—and if she doesn’t, well, that fine too, because when a god wants a woman, consent isn’t really part of the story.
It must suck being a liberal. They literally can’t enjoy any holiday. The 4th of July is too patriotic. Halloween is too racist. Thanksgiving is too genocidal. And now, Christmas is too rapey? Well, I guess they still have Arbor Day until global warming wipes out all of the trees.
I’m not even a particularly religious person and I find this deeply offensive. Christmas is about extending kindness to your fellow man (and woman) and spending time with the ones you love. If this author is really convinced this time of year is about a 2000-year-old unreported rape case, she clearly has no one who loves her and should probably seek professional help.