Monday, November 21, 2016

Slut-Walk: Good or Evil?

            “Rev, your girls are at it again. Would you accept a sister in Christ to do a slut-walk?”
Your heart always goes out for people who are protesting because something indeed does bother them. I have seen and watched so many slut-walks, but until you asked this question, I have never had the mind to look at it morally or in whatever way that is possible. Does the Bible encourage people to walk naked? Does it recommend for people to be careless? Would it be prudent to ask a child molester to take your child for a forest expedition? Would it be a wise idea to ask Hitler to be the keeper of the Jews? Would God defend a female prison guard who decided to walk naked in front of the Condamn√©s √† mort in a maximum security jail? Should God protect a diver who knowingly dives into a crocodile pond? These are all questions that when asked and answered will give us a position by the end of this lesson.
It is difficult to just say that God is against slut-walks because there is an element of protest that God approves. The ethos of Christian freedom is coded with the fight for the oppressed. Surely, women who are raped or abused are being oppressed and should be protected. Therein comes the protests and morality thereof. Therefore, I will look at it in terms of the Bible to see what God says about certain elements of the Slut-walk. Perhaps it is expedient that we establish the substratum of the Slut-walk.
Slogans like “Consent is a human right,” “Consent is mandatory” and “Coercion isn’t consent” are placards of predilection. Indeed that is supported in articles 1, 3 and 5 of The International Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The problem with these preambles is that they assume that every human being is going to respect the law. It is an ideal against reality. It is a Christmas wish as to what Santa actually delivers.  Indeed another element of the Slut-walk is, “My body My Rules,” is a banal placard. The problem with this axiom is that their bodies do not belong to them. Any woman who claims that her body belongs to her is wrong! No mortal owns his/her body. Our bodies belong to God who created them (I Cor. 3:16; 6:19-20). Therefore, it is erroneous for any woman to claim her body belongs to her, and it is even degrading for any woman to call herself a slut. No human should call any woman a "slut," neither the woman herself. You cannot use foul or abusive language (Eph 4: 29-30). 
Socially they may be right, but biblically they are right in some and wrong in others. They are right that they should be protected from being raped, and their rapsists should be punished. They are right that they should not be abused, and they should be able to dress and walk freely. It is true that the bible advocates for decency (I Cor 14:40), but there are times when protests supersede decency. As such, they are also right to walk naked, if the need be to protest for injustice as we have seen in the bible (Is 20:3; Micah 1:8).
Nevertheless, that liberty goes in variance with the Social Contract Theory because they have accepted to live under the rules of the society, and the society had then accepted to protect them. The society has guidelines on how people should dress and walk in public. A violation thereof that decorum and probity forfeits the individual’s rights to be protected per say.
The slut-walkers say, “No one asked what my attacker was wearing.” In Amsterdam, there was a banner on the entrance to a train station that read, “Beware of pickpockets!” If you ignored it and your wallet or purse was stolen, the police had no recourse for you. When I was growing up, there were many signs of PowerCam- electric company of a human skull with two red signs crossing over that black skull superimposed on a white background that read, “Don’t Touch, Death- Electrocution.” People who were killed trying to steal electricity from the place were never given any befitting burial because their deaths were almost like those who committed suicide. Let us say that your neighbor has a sign that reads, “Beware wild dogs,” but you decided to trespass into his/her yard. If his or her dogs reenacted Nero’s “Damnatio Ad Bestias,” then every pint of your blood was squandered due to your careless and foolishness.
Solomon said this, “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.” (Proverbs 22:3). In Chapter 27 verse 12 he added that "they are punished." They are punished for their imprudence because they knowingly saw danger, but they decided to walk headlong into it. If a woman decided to put herself in a place where she is raped, she should bear the brunt of her imprudence. That does not mean that people condone rape or abuse.
There is a reason why we have gates, doors and locks in our homes. They are for precautionary reasons. A woman who is too imprudent to expose herself to danger in her lifestyle and is raped, cannot blame the society for their impulsiveness. Those who do it do not have the support of the society, and the society bears no blame for the iniquity of the transgressors. Albeit, the law may find them recourse and remedy. Consequently, it is in the best interest of any woman to protect herself in whatever way possible, starting with her lifestyle.

Until then, slut-walk is not women's rights! 

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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