“Violent rape is a judgment of God upon a people”

Violent rape is a judgment of God upon a people. . . Violent rape is God’s judgment upon a culture, and individual women who are part of that culture are included in the judgment. . . . We see the same judgment at work in disintegrating cultures: ‘Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil’ (Eccl. 8:11). Here the rape is not being perpetrated by foreign soldiers, but is the result of citizens turning on one another. Every culture is a gathering of sinners, and so rape is always a possibility. But when God’s hand of judgment is heavy upon a people, women are in far greater danger of sexual assault than at other times. It is interesting to note that in these, our ‘enlightened’ times, a woman is far more likely to be abused in this way than before all the liberation happened. Douglas Wilson

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    1. He modifies everything, though he would call it a “qualifier.” The qualification is his escape hatch to elude accountability. For example, he would argue that Sitler’s rapes were not “violent” because they involved no resistance and consequently no use of “violent” force. Ditto for Natalie. By blame-shifting to her parents for encouraging a relationship — a complete fabrication — he can argue there was no violence involved. Wilson always has an excuse. It’s always someone else’s fault.

      1. Based on Doug’s statements, I believe he denies the concepts of the grooming of victims, coercion, and intimidation. If you could scream and run, it wasn’t violent, and therefore wasn’t technically rape. The victim must have desired it, to some extent.

  1. Is it just me or does DW make it sound like God hates women? Why OH why doesn’t his church silence him for the real Gospels sake?!

  2. “in these, our ‘enlightened’ times, a woman is far more likely to be abused in this way than before all the liberation happened. ”

    Really? We know that in a less-enlightened time, women were even less likely to go to report it than now – in a society that believes the raped woman is “impure”, she would rather keep it silent. In the old days, kids did not even hear that it right to speak up and get help if sexually abused.

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