Christian persecution is a weird thing. These are people who can talk about organizing a conference with the intention marrying off girls as young as 13 without a shred of moral conflict, but the minute people call them on it and righteous fury is dumped on their doorstep, it suddenly becomes “woe is me.”
Because that’s exactly what happened with a group of Christian home-schoolers who were trying organize a conference that would facilitate child marriage right here in the United States.
‘Let Them Marry’
The conference, called “Let them Marry,” was set to take place in November, in Wichita, Kansas. The goal of the conference was, to mince as few words as possible, marry off young girls to older men, basically forcing them into sexual slavery since there’s no way these girls consented to it.
This is part of the so-called “Quiverfull” movement, a particular theological cancer that reduces women to the Axlotl tanks from Dune.
The brain behind the conference was Vaughn Ohlman, a disgusting sentient hemorrhoid who gave us writing like this that justifies child sex-trafficking:
1) The ‘youth’ ready for marriage has breasts. A woman who is to be married is one who has breasts; breasts which signal her readiness for marriage, and breasts who promise enjoyment for her husband. (We believe that ‘breasts’ here stand as a symbol for all forms of full secondary sexual characteristics.)
2) The ‘youth’ ready for marriage is ready to bear children. Unlike modern society Scripture sees the woman as a bearer, nurser, and raiser of children. The ‘young woman’ is the woman whose body is physically ready for these things, physically mature enough to handle them without damage.
The Bible provides many reasons for marriage, and most if not all of them demonstrate that marriage typically ought to happen in the youth (as in, before the age of 20).
A girl can be ready to have children as young as 11. However, there’s a lot more to having children than being physically mature enough.
This magic number, 20, appears time and again. Now, current neuroscience suggests that a person’s brain isn’t fully formed until they’re 23-28, with 25 being the usually given number. That’s why, at the age of 23-28, the world suddenly makes sense in a way it didn’t before that age.
And while Ohlman says that 12 is too young (a case of “even evil has standards” I imagine), that leaves anywhere from 13 to 20. While 19 and 20-year-olds aren’t children, 13 through 16-year-olds almost certainly are. And regardless how you look at this, whether it’s 20 or 12, it’s sex trafficking all the same. Consider:
Bride price: What is it, and why is it important? Wouldn’t a bride price be like selling your daughter?
A “bride price” is anything paid or given by the man or his representative at the time of his betrothal or receiving his bride.
Scripture certainly teaches about it, but it is not mandated, however, except in the case of a couple of laws. The law concerning bride price (Exodus 22:16-17) indicates that . . . the bride price was a normal part of the marriage process.
The bride price plays a significant function: It shows the woman’s value, and the point isn’t that the father gets the money but that he keeps it for his daughter, if her husband should ever abandon her.
And does the woman get any say in this at all? For instance, what if she doesn’t like this creepy man her dad is punting her off onto? Well, according to Ohlman, daddy dearest is supposed to take his little girl’s wishes into consideration. But . . .
. . . there is no decision to be made once a betrothal is final. There is no approval required or veto allowed.
Naturally, this did not set well with right thinking adults in the world. The Salvation Army came out against it first, saying they were going to ban Ohlman’s group from their campground, where the “retreat” had originally been planned:
The Salvation Army has denied a request by the Let Them Marry organization to conduct its event at Camp Hiawatha.
— Salvation Army ICT (@SalArmyICT) May 5, 2016
The outcry was far more reaching than that, and in the end, after receiving not nearly as much righteous fury as these testicular warts deserve, they called the “retreat” off.
Of course, this story isn’t complete without a heaping helping of Christian Persecution, and nothing brings out the tone-deaf persecution complex like this sort of situation. These are folks with a cranial density comparable to elemental osmium, after all.
Ohlman, writing for the blog Just Married, posted this entertaining temper tantrum:
Well our main blog and my daughter-in-law’s blog have been picked up by Raw Story, Free Jinger, and a dozen or so more left wing and anti-Christian sites. Words cannot describe how much we appreciate their well thought out, pleasantly written, Biblical commentary on our various posts. They are especially impressed with our proposed ‘Get Them Married’ retreat idea.
Can I just say that I stand in awe of the extensive structural integrity relative to the thixotropic bubble segregating them from reality?
The passive-aggressiveness practically drips from the words. But Ohlman saved the best for later in the post — because he and his Christian buddies are just so persecuted. Imagine the temerity of liberals, criticizing him for trying to marry off children because something something Bible. No, the best part is his last point, where he doth equip his white knight armor and heft his lance to make combat with the terrifying windmills of straw that make up modern society:
The government schools and other organizations charged with managing the sexual lives of our children seem to believe that our children should learn all about the joys of anal sex at five years old, and by twelve should be getting condoms out of vending machines, rolling in the sack with their partner of choice, and then (when the condoms fail) going out and murdering their children at taxpayer expense without even bothering to inform their parents.
I’m sure Ohlman imagines that’s a zinger of an observation, rather than a string of unsupported conservative talking points that, by this point, would be laughably cliche if they weren’t coming from a walking anal secretion. Really, all I have to say is this: consent, you sick bastard. Look the word up.
Oh, but they revel in this persecution:
You support victimizing children in marriage. I’m proud to call you my friend.
If this is their definition of marriage, I’m glad we destroyed it when we made gay marriage legal. This sick shit needed to be done in centuries ago.
I wonder if Ohlman realizes he’s one of the reasons why I support government oversight of the homeschooling community. Someone has to protect these girls, since clearly these sex traffickers — and that’s exactly what it’s called when you marry off a young woman without her explicit consent, or a girl when she can’t give consent — aren’t interested.
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