A religious person recently asked this question in my comments elsewhere: “If you were God, what would you do to the rapist?”
I imagine this religious person thought that would be a profound statement, possibly the type of statement that requires a person to pause and reconsider. It’s the kind of zinger that is dropped when you believe the other person has failed to consider a major issue in their position. I mean, if you are god and supposedly a good person, you can’t kill the rapist, right? And if you stop the rapist, then aren’t you controlling people instead of giving them free will?
What an absolutely stupid thing to say. What an absolute immoral, unethical, illogical, god damned fucking horrible thing to say.
First, yeah. Kill the rapists. If god quit playing hide-and-seek and decided to lead for a change, he could start by killing rapists. If you literally died the moment you tried raping someone, people even considering raping someone would drop to zero. Nineteen year old fraternity jocks would be exceptionally considerate before trying to screw the co-eds. College men would literally monitor the women like older brothers to make sure they did NOT imbibe just to make sure the sex was completely, absolutely, 100% consentual. Because otherwise, they would know that there was a 100% chance if they were wrong they would drop dead that very second. I’m already more moral than your god.
Second, absolutely fuck with their free will. Why not? Bible god specifically messed with people’s minds so they would be jerks so he could be an asshole to them. Why can’t god give everyone free will as long as they don’t rape? Or murder? Can’t god at least step in for those two things? What great, cosmic plan would be ruined if there was less rape or murder? People already die by old age, accidents, disease, and all sorts of other causes. Why do we need to add murder to make sure people know what the pain of loss is like? And why do we need rape just to make sure people know what being taken advantage of is like? We don’t. I’m more capable of discerning right from wrong than your god.
And third, well, this last one demonstrates that your god is just a complete fucking moron. Your god is just incredibly short-sighted, forgetful, and stupid. And it’s so god damned simple. Stop rape. Yes, if your god wasn’t an idiot, he could just make it where rape wasn’t even a thing.
Why do people rape? Rape is a domination thing, using a violation of someone’s own body to control them. Now, evolution works because we have sexual reproduction, genetic variation, genetic drift, and sexual dominance. But your god supposedly “poofed” people into existence, which means we don’t need evolution. So why do people need sex to reproduce? That’s stupid! It’s like pouring gasoline into a Tesla electric car. It won’t make it go, and it can only result in fire.
Get rid of sex, no more rape. I’m smarter than your god.
I’m also real, so I am better than your god in every way.
The Spartan Atheist