I’m not going to start quoting scriptures to prove a point, because we all know that the verses are there to be found somewhere if you are so inclined to that viewpoint. Having been raised Catholic, it was instilled in me as one of the 7 deadly sins which are wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.
King Solomon himself listed these:
- A proud look.
- A lying tongue.
- Hands that shed innocent blood.
- A heart that devises wicked plots.
- Feet that are swift to run into mischief.
- A deceitful witness that uttereth lies.
- Him that soweth discord among brethren
Now we don’t know if he specifically left out the lust part on purpose, but more than likely it hit way to close to home. I’m referring to the Queen of Sheba affair (one of many)…if you know what I mean. You won’t find it in the scriptures though, it’s just one of those things that didn’t make it in, but the Ethiopian history tells it all. In fact, the imperial family of Ethiopia claims its origin directly from the offspring of the Queen of Sheba by King Solomon. This out of wedlock son went on to become Menelik I, King of Axum, and founded a dynasty that would reign and became the Christian Empire of Ethiopia for 2900+ years (more of less) until Haile Selassie was overthrown in 1974. Good for the Queen of Sheba. At least something good came out of what I’m sure was a terrible situation for her…or maybe she planed it.
I even remember Selassie but what I didn’t know was that he was revered as the returned Messiah of the Bible, God incarnate, among the Rastafari movement, the number of followers of which is estimated between 200,000 and 800,000.
So why is it that lust always seems to be alright for the men, but women are expected to always be virtuous? I had never heard of a man being stoned, but there have been a couple. I was surprised to read how the stoning takes place:
So, what happens in Stoning? Well, in stoning to death, the victims’ hands tied behind their backs and their bodies put in a cloth sack. Then, this human “package” buried in a hole, with only the victim’s heads showing above the ground. If it is a woman, she is buried upto her shoulders. This is to give her a seemingly equal (but nonetheless impossible) chance to escape recognizing her lesser physical strength. After the hapless individual has been secured in the hole, people start chanting “Allah hu Akbar” [meaning, God is great], and throw palm sized stones at the head of the victim from a certain distance [a circle is drawn of the goatherd crowd]. The stone then thrown until that person dies or until he/she escapes out of the hole and crosses the circle. Escaping is impossible and naturally, the procedure is extremely barbaric and bloody! see more…
How many Popes had mistresses and families etc yet preached all the virtues of an unmarked woman and that it was ungodly for women to not have as many children as possible and that it was a sin to not be submissive to your husband. God forbid.
The same is true in the Mormon history and even today. One must cover ones body, even the shoulders. The reason for this is so that there is no temptation. Who is tempted here….the men. And they are the ones that make the laws. Let’s not even go into the polygamy debate and the reasons for it in the first place. What woman, who has any self esteem, would go for that?
The Muslim men claim the same thing. The woman must be covered at all times lest she tempt someone. Yet he is free to “view the scenery” at his will. I say, as I’ve always said, it’s the men that have the problems not the women. It’s like it’s our fault if a man can’t control himself.
Here is a trailer for the movie The Stoning of Soraya M. which is based on a true story.