A broad-based movement of evangelical Christians is attempting to overturn decades of moral teaching on rape, with the backing of evangelical leaders, leading a nationwide push to have the issue finally be defined in a clear, clear way.
In the months since a group of evangelical pastors in Iowa launched the “Rape of God” campaign, they have mobilized churches, pastors, and Christian colleges to write a new definition for rape.
The campaign is being led by the influential National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which is pushing for the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the rape ban of 1874 and to have a clear definition of rape for a “real world” definition that is rooted in science, not theology.
In an interview with The Lad bible, the pastor of the Christian college and co-founder of the ROC campaign, Jeff DeWitt, says that the new definition is “very much about the reality of rape.”
DeWitt said he believes that rape is rape.
“When I speak to students who come to me and tell me about their rape, they are telling me that they have been raped.
And what they’re saying is that their rapist is God, that God has taken them and he has made them what they are, and that is rape.”
The new definition of “rape” will include sexual intercourse between people who are not consenting partners, and it will include non-consensual sexual acts that are not consensual, such as kissing, hugging, hugging a partner, or kissing someone else.
The new definition will include other forms of sexual assault that DeWatt says have not been defined.
“It is an issue that has never been defined,” he said.
“This new definition really puts us in a position to define rape in a way that is consistent with biblical teaching.”
The NOM, which has been at the forefront of the movement, has been leading the effort for a while.
The organization has spent more than $7 million on a series of national campaign ads over the last year.
Its website describes the RAC campaign as “the most significant campaign of its kind since the 1970s.”
In the RACE, the campaign uses videos of pastors, activists, and students speaking on campuses to highlight the importance of sexual consent and the need for colleges and universities to define their own rape policy in a more comprehensive way.
“This is an important step in a long march toward a real-world definition of sexual violence,” NOM president Brian Brown told The Lad.
“It is important that the legal system is properly trained, and this is a step that will help students, parents, pastors and other members of the church understand the nature of sexual and intimate partner violence and how it impacts the entire family.
We are ready for this.”
But the new version of the definition is not without its detractors.
While DeWett said that the definition will be clear, he acknowledged that the debate will take place “with some confusion.”
He said that many evangelicals and the NOM are skeptical about the new understanding of rape, which he said “will be challenged by people who disagree with the NOC’s position on rape.”
“The NOC will continue to be very concerned with the impact of the new rape definition on Christians and will continue the fight for the true definition of ‘rape,'” he said in a statement.
DeWatt also noted that the Noms “takes issue with the new interpretation of the Bible in order to provide clarity for pastors and people in all walks of life who want to teach their children and students that the Bible is clear that ‘sexual relations are only for procreation.'”
“This debate will continue in a civil, respectful manner, and the definition of the word rape will remain in the hands of pastors and parents and will not be challenged,” he continued.
De Witt said that he was not concerned that the “debate” on the new definitions would overshadow the campaign against the repeal of the 1874 ban.
“We want to do it in a respectful way.
We want to say that we understand the Bible, we’re not in favor of the repeal, and we have a right to say it,” he told The Ledger.
“The campaign is about a clear and clear definition, and I’m happy to work with other Christians to help bring that about.”
The campaign to redefine rape is being spearheaded by the Southern Baptist Convention’s National Council on Family Policy, the National Association of Evangelicals’ American Council for Family and Life Education, and various evangelical leaders.
The Nomenclature of Sexuality and Violence, an official document from the American Academy of Pediatrics, defines rape as the act of having sexual intercourse with someone not of your own free will.
DeWell said that even though the definition in the new ROC is not clear, it is still important for Christians to keep in mind that sexual relations are meant to be a blessing and not a curse.
“There is no rape if it’s consensual,” he explained.
“If it’s not