If you have the stomach to look at Congress today, remember that some of our elected officials believe both that
- guns don’t kill people; people kill people, but rape is caused by women wearing revealing clothing and drinking too much
(Why do they believe this? Because they want to own guns and also touch women without recourse)
- contemporary Jews will bear responsibility for the death of Jesus Christ, but our legal system can’t hold an adult man responsible for sexual assault a few decades ago
(Why do they believe this? Because their theology is lousy and because they don’t want us looking at their own behavior back at Rape University)
- boys will be boys, but not all men–that is, that men are genetically or hormonally driven to sexual violence but that that disappears in manhood, except that no man should be expected to have to resist women’s bodies if given the opportunity to assault them
(Why do they believe this? Because it lets them commit sexual violence but also claim innocence)
- women should own pretty little handguns to shoot attackers dead but, if they fail to do this and are assaulted, we shouldn’t ruin his life for his behavior
(Why do they believe this? Because white women’s sexual innocence justifies their racism; if women are no longer “innocent” (which, if they’ve been assaulted, they can’t be, because these are people who can’t distinguish between sex and violence), then they can’t be used in this racist regime.)
Above, Stella Langdale’s depiction of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, as described in Genesis 18-19. The city was so sinful that gang rape was normalized.
I look at Congress and get a bit of what God must have felt looking at Sodom: Can you even find 10 good men there? Are there 10 men there who find gang rape a disqualification from serving as a Supreme Court judge?
As a reminder, in that story, the angelic messengers who visit Lot aren’t raped. When they arrive, “the men of the city, … both young and old, all the people to the last man,” come to Lot’s home to assault them. When Lot denies them access to his guests, “they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down. But the men [the messengers of God] reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them and shut the door.” So people were groped and threatened and would have been raped if the perpetrators could have done it, but no one was, like, actually raped.
While we hear the excuse that “that stuff happens all the time, but no one was really hurt” all the time, God doesn’t respond that way. He burns the place down.
Today, we’ll find what kind of people we have in Congress.