reply to post by DimensionalDetective
I am not condoning rape, and I wasn't there to see the Chaplains demeanor when he said it, but I had a similar experience while praying over my baby
My youngest son was born extremely premature and struggled for life his first 3 months. Then at 5 months old he developed a condition with a very
poor prognosis. (He is fine now, but that is another story.) One day during the worst of times with him, I was on ATS reading about all the horrible
things in the world, and that fighter jet struck in San Diego and killed a man's family while he was off at work, and I almost broke down. I am not
very "Christian" but I do believe in God, I am a Mason, and I do pray a lot. I went home from work that evening, and I knelt by my son's bed and
prayed. I was blaspemous in my prayer, and I didn't care, but then I got an answer. In my mind, I just all of a sudden understood the words,
"because he asked for it." I was stunned and even more mad (and obviously also confused and concerned I might be going crazy), but I continued to
pray, and the explanation for "he asked for it" began to unfold in my mind, and I was able to mentally deal with all of the bad things in the world
a little better.
It would be a lot to post to really explain how I came to understand how my little 5 month old 4 lb baby had "asked" for all the trouble he was
going through, but suffice to say that I am an intelligent man, not overly religious, and extremely violent in defense of my family, so for me to
fully accept that "he asked for it" was not an easy thing, and it had to be divine intervention, because anyone else would have been strangled for
My son is 3 years old now, perfectly healthy and robust, and I still marvel at that first year.
So, as this applies to the OP, the Chaplain was probably out of line, or not as sensitive as he should have been, but he wasn't necessarily
"wrong," just insensitive. And while nobody wants to be raped, perhaps there is some greater game at play, and it did serve whatever purpose it was
supposed to serve.