I found this through technorati but feel wary of giving it anymore consideration than it deserves. This is about how the Torah supports rape.
1) Murder, rape, and pillage at Jabesh-gilead (Judges 21:10-24 NLT)
So they sent twelve thousand warriors to Jabesh-gilead with orders to kill everyone there, including women and children. “This is what you are to do,” they said. “Completely destroy all the males and every woman who is not a virgin.” Among the residents of Jabesh-gilead they found four hundred young virgins who had never slept with a man, and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh in the land of Canaan.
The Israelite assembly sent a peace delegation to the little remnant of Benjamin who were living at the rock of Rimmon. Then the men of Benjamin returned to their homes, and the four hundred women of Jabesh-gilead who were spared were given to them as wives. But there were not enough women for all of them. The people felt sorry for Benjamin because the LORD had left this gap in the tribes of Israel. So the Israelite leaders asked, “How can we find wives for the few who remain, since all the women of the tribe of Benjamin are dead? There must be heirs for the survivors so that an entire tribe of Israel will not be lost forever. But we cannot give them our own daughters in marriage because we have sworn with a solemn oath that anyone who does this will fall under God’s curse.”
Then they thought of the annual festival of the LORD held in Shiloh, between Lebonah and Bethel, along the east side of the road that goes from Bethel to Shechem. They told the men of Benjamin who still needed wives, “Go and hide in the vineyards. When the women of Shiloh come out for their dances, rush out from the vineyards, and each of you can take one of them home to be your wife! And when their fathers and brothers come to us in protest, we will tell them, ‘Please be understanding. Let them have your daughters, for we didn’t find enough wives for them when we destroyed Jabesh-gilead. And you are not guilty of breaking the vow since you did not give your daughters in marriage to them.'” So the men of Benjamin did as they were told. They kidnapped the women who took part in the celebration and carried them off to the land of their own inheritance. Then they rebuilt their towns and lived in them. So the assembly of Israel departed by tribes and families, and they returned to their own homes.
<i> Obviously these women were repeatedly raped. These sick bastards killed and raped an entire town and then wanted more virgins, so they hid beside the road to kidnap and rape some more. How can anyone see this as anything but evil? </i>
The first and supposedly most proved example of this phenomenom is already flawed. Take for example the fact that the context of the story is the Jews fighting a deadly war against Binyamin because they refused to deal with the rape of a woman of no particular importance. To characterize this as rape is misunderstanding the basic economics of the time. The people had killed all but a few hundred of the Benjamites, but they kept all of their ancestral land. These people were fantastically wealthy, but couldn’t marry due to the people agreeing to not marry off any children to them. In fact these people were probably the most eligible bachelors out there. To characterize the traditional seeling off of women normal for ther time as rape is to judge a 11 century culture by our standards and blaming the Bible for it.
2) Murder, rape and pillage of the Midianites (Numbers 31:7-18 NLT)
They attacked Midian just as the LORD had commanded Moses, and they killed all the men. All five of the Midianite kings – Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba – died in the battle. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. Then the Israelite army captured the Midianite women and children and seized their cattle and flocks and all their wealth as plunder. They burned all the towns and villages where the Midianites had lived. After they had gathered the plunder and captives, both people and animals, they brought them all to Moses and Eleazar the priest, and to the whole community of Israel, which was camped on the plains of Moab beside the Jordan River, across from Jericho. Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the people went to meet them outside the camp. But Moses was furious with all the military commanders who had returned from the battle. “Why have you let all the women live?” he demanded. “These are the very ones who followed Balaam’s advice and caused the people of Israel to rebel against the LORD at Mount Peor. They are the ones who caused the plague to strike the LORD’s people. Now kill all the boys and all the women who have slept with a man. Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves.
Clearly Moses and God approves of rape of virgins.
Maybe the key mistake here is assuming women slaves, equals women raped. There was clearly a market for women slaves and because they hadn’t participated in the orgy whixh was intended (and suceeded) to kill Jews. In the war the virgins were presumed not guilty of this sin and therefore got the right to become a slave instead of being killed. Whatever you may say about this, this is not rape and was quite normal by the standards of the time.
3) More Murder Rape and Pillage (Deuteronomy 20:10-14)
As you approach a town to attack it, first offer its people terms for peace. If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you in forced labor. But if they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town. When the LORD your God hands it over to you, kill every man in the town. But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder. You may enjoy the spoils of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you.
What kind of God approves of murder, rape, and slavery?
Same point. Furthermore, there really was no solutin for conquering a country at the time without genocide or mass slavery. Whenever every man is a member of the army and there are no prisons and no way to keep hundreds of thousands of people at bay there really is no alternative. But, again women captives does not equal rape.
4) Laws of Rape (Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NAB)
If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.
What kind of lunatic would make a rape victim marry her attacker? Answer: God.
This is a standard translation error. The word is not Ansah which means raped, the word is Mifateh which means seduced. If you replace that word it makes a fair amount of sense especially when you consider the damage done to the father in terms of money.
5) Death to the Rape Victim (Deuteronomy 22:23-24 NAB)
If within the city a man comes upon a maiden who is betrothed, and has relations with her, you shall bring them both out of the gate of the city and there stone them to death: the girl because she did not cry out for help though she was in the city, and the man because he violated his neighbors wife.
It is clear that God doesn’t give a damn about the rape victim. He is only concerned about the violation of another mans “property”.
This passage is both not unfair and makes a pretty clear distinction. It is assumed that in a public area that a rape victim would be heard while a woman who wanted to later claim rape would have been quiet at the time and not found out. In fact the next passage which is conveniently omitted says that if the woman is raped in the fields she is not punished and even keeps the marriage contract of a virgin.
6) David’s Punishment – Polygamy, Rape, Baby Killing, and God’s “Forgiveness” (2 Samuel 12:11-14 NAB)
Thus says the Lord: ‘I will bring evil upon you out of your own house. I will take your wives [plural] while you live to see it, and will give them to your neighbor. He shall lie with your wives in broad daylight. You have done this deed in secret, but I will bring it about in the presence of all Israel, and with the sun looking down.’
Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan answered David: “The Lord on his part has forgiven your sin: you shall not die. But since you have utterly spurned the Lord by this deed, the child born to you must surely die.” [The child dies seven days later.] This has got to be one of the sickest quotes of the Bible. God himself brings the completely innocent rape victims to the rapist. What kind of pathetic loser would do something so evil? And then he kills a child! This is sick, really sick!
The story of David and Batsheba is not one of rape or (possibly) one of adultery (though it was adultery in everything but name), The story is one of abuse of power by even the greatest of kings when he has Uriah killed for refusing to cover up for David. First consider Batsheba, she is introduced as bathing on the roof naked in the kings line of sight. She doesn’t seem to be the modest victim of a king. Furthermore as the wife of a prominent general she proably could have protested and avoided this if possible. In fact she comes out really well in the story, considering that she got to be the favorite wife of the most powerful man in the kingdom. Uriah came out the worst in the story. Furthermore, G-d clearly disapproves of this sin and sends his prophet to rebuke David.
7) Rape of Female Captives (Deuteronomy 21:10-14 NAB)
“When you go out to war against your enemies and the LORD, your God, delivers them into your hand, so that you take captives, if you see a comely woman among the captives and become so enamored of her that you wish to have her as wife, you may take her home to your house. But before she may live there, she must shave her head and pare her nails and lay aside her captive’s garb. After she has mourned her father and mother for a full month, you may have relations with her, and you shall be her husband and she shall be your wife. However, if later on you lose your liking for her, you shall give her her freedom, if she wishes it; but you shall not sell her or enslave her, since she was married to you under compulsion.”
Once again God approves of forcible rape.
This is probably the most legitimate claim in the article. First of all it is an argument about whether this process is after a permissal of rape on the battlefield or a substitute. Furthermore the process is designed to avoid the keeping of these women. Also these women were given a vast improvement from the Bible. First of all, they were allowed to live after battle when most nations would have killed them. Furthermore any children they had from the mariage would be required to get full inheritance rights and would be considered the firstborn if he was born first. The treatment of these women wasn’t ideal, but it was better than was available from any other army.
8) Rape and the Spoils of War (Judges 5:30 NAB)
They must be dividing the spoils they took: there must be a damsel or two for each man, Spoils of dyed cloth as Sisera’s spoil, an ornate shawl or two for me in the spoil. (Judges 5:30 NAB)
When I saw this I realized that the person making this list didn’t even bother looking at the context of the verses they just looked for verses which superficially supported their position. In fact this verse is from the point of view of Sisera’s mother. Sisera was the enemy of the Jews and the villian of the story. This was supposed to illustrate in the song of victory how the mother felt when her son didn’t come home and how she was consoled. This is obviously not an endorsement of rape.
9) Sex Slaves (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)
When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl’s owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)
Selling daughters off to be married was a common practice at the time and can only not be done in a society as rich as ours can afford to not do it. In fact any society which didn’t allow any form of marriage selling in a culture like theirs would have huge numbers of female infanticide because it would be just to expensive to maintain them when they couldn’t physically do that much useful work.
10) God Assists Rape and Plunder (Zechariah 14:1-2 NAB)
Lo, a day shall come for the Lord when the spoils shall be divided in your midst. And I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle: the city shall be taken, houses plundered, women ravished; half of the city shall go into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be removed from the city. (Zechariah 14:1-2 NAB)
See comment number 8.