The slight nitpick I have is, since the rapist was caught in the act of raping the woman, wouldn’t that be ‘perp’ or ‘perpetrator’ and not ‘suspect’?
On a completely different, but related tangent…
Warning: facepalm and potentially rage inducing. The epic amounts of stupid may cause locking up of your brain.
When she showed her class “Capturing the Friedmans,” a documentary about a criminal-sex-abuse investigation, some students complained that she should have given them a “trigger warning” beforehand, and others suggested she shouldn’t have shown the film at all, Suk stated.
Suk added that one of her peers was recently asked by a student “not to use the word ‘violate’ in class—as in ‘Does this conduct violate the law?’—because the word was triggering, and some students have even suggested that rape law should not be taught because of its potential to cause distress.”
“[M]y experience at Harvard over the past couple of years tells me that the environment for teaching rape law and other subjects involving gender and violence is changing,” Suk stated. “Students seem more anxious about classroom discussion, and about approaching the law of sexual violence in particular, than they have ever been in my eight years as a law professor.”
Please tell me that these fragile speshul snowflakes were given failing grades and advised to take up a different career, preferably very far away from law and medicine? What the hell are these ‘students’ doing in college, never mind law school?!
Speaking of brainbreaking, I’m not sure if someone should link this to John C. Wright, or any other Christian I know. I mean, I love the way the good Mr. Wright becomes delightfully erudite when it comes to dismantling stupid, but this one is one that had me wanting to head-desk, and I would not to cause the man to sputter in outrage.
And no, direct not your ire at the writer of the article, but rather the ‘activist’ with nae functioning brain cells in the space that lies twixt her ears; the skull there merely exists to give shape to the skin and muscles that coat it. There’s nothing inside. On the topic of the author of this article, I cheered when reading
actually believe in said “rape culture,” something that, outside of Islam, does not exist,
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How shall this be, since I have no husband?” 35 And the angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. 36 And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Hell, being a woman of her time, she knew fully well that conceiving outside of wedlock would result in her likely death.
At that point they weren’t executing adulterers– and, being betrothed to Joseph already, it would’ve been adultery– but everyone would have known about it, it would have been very hard to live, and if her family didn’t agree to support her in that anyways then she’d be homeless in a time when there were no public social services.
Being widowed with an adult son would’ve been pretty dang tough, and one of the last things that Son did was make sure that someone was going to take care of her wasn’t just a sign He loved His mother, it was making sure she didn’t die horribly. Luke accepting her was likewise a Really Big Deal.
Joseph was going to quietly divorce her so that her family wouldn’t be bearing the burden of the pregnancy and childhood with the additional issue of “everyone knowing”, even though that would make him look like a scumbag and folks would assume the boy was his, so she was foolish instead of nasty. I think there’d also be a fine for “putting her aside,” and any betrothal gifts would of course go back.
There’s a reason that there’s a lot of Bible fan-fic about what the heck the angel said to Joseph; I wish I knew what that conversation went like, too! I rather like the idea of Joseph being a widower who knew he was getting a wife who would be as much nurse-maid as spouse, which makes his desire to protect her even more impressive.
From what I remember being taught, (and yes, I’m aware there are different versions) Joseph would have had the right to cast the first stone to kill Mary; as the cuckolded betrothed, and that he was closer to Mary’s age (but being older than her). I remember this because Joseph’s acceptance and love of a child that wasn’t his was considered a Very Big Deal; which is supposedly one of the reasons why they moved away from Nazareth for a while – to protect Mary and the Child from social badmouthing early on. I know that’s one of the reasons why St. Joseph is one of the saints my family regularly prays to, because of familial love.
That’s why, to us, the story of the Holy Family was ultimately one of bravery, love and faith in the face of social norms back in the day. Joseph defied social expectations and ultimately chose to love the Child Mary bore and loved Mary and had faith in her word in the end; Mary questioned but chose to have faith in the word of God and that He would protect her; and they together raised Jesus as an upstanding man.