The case of the spiritually challenged Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri calls for more discussion of the issue of rape: what it is, what is is not, and what laws need to be framed to protect the victims.
“O the woman God said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” Genesis 3.16)
“If a husband calls his wife to his bed and she refuses and causes him to sleep in anger, the angels will curse her till morning.” (Bukhari v.4, b.54, no.460).
“Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” (St Paul, I Corinthians 11.3)
Marital or spousal rape is now illegal in most of the developed and much of the developing world. But it is one of those subjects that came late in the discussion of women’s rights and criminal sexual abuse.
As the West tries to redefine “traditional” marriage in a way that respects the concept of a consensual relationship…
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