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June 09, 2016

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As the father of three daughters and one son, I'm not one to condone rape or to rejoice in the ruined life of a promising young man..

Brock is certainly responsible for what he did, but let's not forget that it takes a village to raise a child, and if the village is schizophrenically hedonistic in its values and Christian in its moral repugnance of the consequences of those values, we can't be surprised if it pumps out college rape cases by the dozens.

Perhaps both Brock and the village should consider a solution that would bring honor to Brock without ruining his life; he could do what Shechem, son of Hamor, was willing to do in Genesis 34 after he raped Dinah, daughter of Jacob; marry the girl to restore her honor (and his).

Some of the reports say the victim drank herself unconscious. If true, wouldn't this make the crime even more terrible. Something like child rape or the rape of any other unconscious patient unable to will resistance?

You mean, like abortion?

Francesco, your analogy to Shechem leaves out the context:

Genesis 34:7 "The sons of Jacob had come in from the field as soon as they heard of it, and the men were indignant and very angry, because he had done an outrageous thing in Israel by lying with Jacob's daughter, for such a thing must not be done."

After this, Jacob's sons convince the entire community to circumcise the men, then kill all the males and plunder the city. Shechem wanting to marry Dinah was not sufficiently honorable to counter the evil of what he'd done.

A better comparison to Shechem would be some of the Native Americans who treated the settlers the way they treated each other: raids and stealing women. The settlers responded with overwhelming force, unlike the Native Americans' prior experience with each other.

Good post, Amy!

Amy, this is a great post! In fact, I really enjoy reading what you write! Nice job!

Beautiful post....

"....full and complete justice through Jesus on the cross. He chose to take it for us. As frantically as we try to get out of our deserved punishment, He deliberately pressed into it..."

Thanks, Sam, Bruce, and SCB!

I have a completely different concern with respect to this case, one that the (admittedly little) media coverage I've read hasn't covered: at what point did the woman involved fall unconscious?

(1) if she was unconscious somewhere else, and he carried her outside and initiated sex, then she's guilty of being bloody unwise, and he's guilty of exploitative rape.

(2) Similarly if he discovered her unconscious and undressed her (but how did she get there?).

(3) If they were outside making out when she fell unconscious, then he's crossed a line in escalating a sexual encounter into sex.

(4) If they were already heading towards sex (e.g. caressing under clothing, removing clothing) at the point she fell unconscious, then what we have is a sexist double-standard. Both were engaging in sexual behaviour while too drunk to consider the consequences, but he's a rapist (see "male") and she's an innocent victim (see "female").

It's possible the judge is being soft on inexcusable behaviour (see #1) out of sympathy for the accused. It's also possible that the judge is trying to achieve justice while restrained by laws that apply an extreme sexual double-standard (see #4). Without the unreported facts it's impossible to tell.

If they were already heading towards sex (e.g. caressing under clothing, removing clothing) at the point she fell unconscious, then what we have is a sexist double-standard. Both were engaging in sexual behaviour while too drunk to consider the consequences, but he's a rapist (see "male") and she's an innocent victim (see "female")

Andrew, did you read the letter from the victim explaining what he did to her? (It's linked above under "what happened was a serious evil.")

As Rob Bell would say Love won.
How shameful.

@ Eliavy,

Correct, my comparison to Shechem leaves out the context of the revengeful brothers (especially Simeon and Levi). In light of what Dinah's brothers later did to their own brother Joseph, I would not take them as a paragon of virtue, especially Simeon (see Gen. 42), or as a model of how to deal with rapists (exterminate all the males of an unsuspecting city for the sin of one).

There's a lot of responsibility in this case, from Brock, who did a despicable thing while drunk, and who, when sober, did not fess up to it, to a society that promotes a culture of unsupervised college drunken parties, pornography as art, hyper sexuality and sexual promiscuity, even to girls who drink themselves into stupor and then expect their equally-drunk male party-goers, 90% of whom are addicted to pornography, to suddenly behave like gentlemanly Mr. Darcys.

And then we have the eMob justice taking to social media and venting their easily-typed, hypocritical, 140 character-long self-righteousness, ready to cast the first stone as if they were without sin.

Wasn't it the mob that crucified Jesus?

It takes a village to raise a Brock. The village is rotten.

Only a few decades ago, even atheists understood the importance of sexual restraint:

“A youth boiling over with hormones will wonder why he should not give full freedom to his sexual desires; and if he is unchecked by custom, morals, or laws, he may ruin his life before he matures sufficiently to understand that sex is a river of fire that must be banked and cooled by a hundred restraints if it is not to consume in chaos both the individual and the group.” --Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant (Simon & Shuster, NY), 1975

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/campus-drunk-confidential-rape/

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