It is why, in the Torah’s legal code, a rapist can be forced to buy and keep the damaged goods.
of lay Christians believe that married couples must give up sex if they don’t want a(nother) baby —even if that is the official word from the pulpit for Catholics and some Protestants. It goes without saying that conservative Christians want above all to deny sexual intimacy and pleasure to people who are single—especially girls and women.
So, this fight is really about people who want sex without marriage. That is because the Bible’s Iron Age Sex Rules were meant, first and foremost, to ensure that females, who were economic assets belonging to men, produced purebred offspring of known paternity, who were also economic assets belonging to men.
Religious authorities like Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan or Evangelist Franklin Graham or Religious Right icon Pat Robertson quote the Bible and talk as if their self-righteous sex rules came straight from God, which of course is hooey.
Set aside for the moment the fact that declaring oneself a spokesman for God is stupefyingly egotistical.
It’s simply divine justice that sex should sooner or later lead to the pain and potential mortality of childbirth, because that’s the punishment God pronounced on uppity Eve for eating from the Tree of Knowledge.