God Performs Abortions:~
Exodus 21:22: "If men quarrel, and one strike a woman with child, and she miscarry (accidental abortion) indeed, but live herself: he shall be answerable for so much damage as the woman's husband shall require."
Exodus 21:23: "But if her death ensue thereupon, he shall render life for life,"
(Only if the woman dies because of the abortion does the perpetrator deserve death. In other words, the accidental abortion is not considered killing a person. If it had been, when the woman miscarried, the perpetrator would be punished equally, "life for life." The Bible, however, differentiates between the resultant miscarriage and the death of the mother.
Numbers 5:11-31: The Adultery Test: In this particular situation, a man, if he suspects his wife has cheated on him, can take her to a priest where she will be given a liquid concoction which aborts the fetus. If she is guilty of this trespass, "may he (the Lord) make thy thigh to rot, and may they belly swell and burst asunder. Let the cursed water enter into thy belly, and may thy womb swell and they thigh rot." (15:21-22)
The "cursed water" is designed to cause a spontaneous abortion. This could be both punishment for cheating, and assurance for the husband that the children born by his wife will indeed be his seed. Either way, the fetus is aborted - and by a priest.
This sounds ok to many christians, and no doubt muslims have similar chapters in the quran. But then the god of the torah/bible/quran has only ever been a man-made invisible alpha-male with delusions of supernatural grandeur.
This disguised supernatural patriarch is the primitive male's perception of the ultimate and absolute alpha-male. And it could be also suggested that female goddesses were the perception and conception of the ultimate and absolute alpha-female. It is the alpha male god which lesser humans are not supposed to question. Especially females. We are to know our place. Our place is lower on the hominid ladder. The alpha-male monkey god has decreed this.
Personally, I think that sometime in human evolution, and understanding, males recognised the connection between the deposition of seminal fluid in the female and a resultant pregnancy. From that moment on, (in their minds), they became the creators of life. The all powerful ones who deposit seed. And having no or little scientific knowledge about females making eggs, the males took credit as being primarily responsible for the creation of life. This is also, I suggest, why the god concepts from then on became primarily male. They became the primary King Kongs of the human religious kingdoms. Gods in their own minds. Gods because of their penises. (ROFL)
It also explains why men continue to worship at the altar of their own penis. And why they have religious rituals associated with their penis. (Think judaism/islam and christianity and the religious rituals associated with male circumcision.) Quite an extreme way to join a cult.
But if you want to be the "ultimate boys' club", set up mainly to support a male hierarchy; you make the joining ritual something only males can do. And if your male dominated religion supports female circumcision, you make it a ritual which manipulates who, when and how those females can breed. Thus ensuring the concept of inheritance and lineage along male genetic lines.
Anyway, I seem to have strayed off topic slightly, but I have enjoyed the straying. If you are male and/or religious and you find this offensive. Too bad. :)
If you are female and/or religious and you find this offensive. Too bad, plus grow a brain. :)