Sunday, August 12, 2007

Am I Raping Coach Dave's Children?

I have thought about starting this blog for awhile, but I was finally spurred to action by an article by Dave Daubenmire entitled "I'll Have to Pray on It" that was cited by Culture Campaign. Dave is a former high school football coach in Ohio who now coaches God's team through Pass the Salt Ministries.

It seems that several parents in his community had shared their concerns about what was being taught in their schools with Coach Dave. Coach Dave recommended that they rally all like-minded citizens to descend upon the next school board meeting. "We will demand that the homosexual agenda be removed from our schools, that comprehensive sex-education be aborted, that abstinence education be the ONLY thing taught, and that every student be taught creationism as the origin of the species." (emphasis in original). When one of the parents demurred that he would have to "pray about it," Coach Dave was outraged by his timidity. "IF SOMEONE WAS BREAKING INTO YOUR HOUSE TO RAPE YOUR DAUGHTER WOULD YOU HAVE TO PRAY ABOUT YOUR RESPONSE?" (emphasis added)

WOW! Apparently Coach Dave thinks I am the equivalent of a child rapist because I don't see homosexuals as dastardly threats to our society, I think that children should be given accurate and complete information about sex and sexuality, and I think that objective science should be taught in our classrooms rather than mythology. Is this Culture Campaign's idea of culture?

While I am unalterably opposed to daughter raping (or any other raping for that matter), I would point out to Coach Dave that the Bible's position on the subject is far from unambiguous. Recall righteous Lot's response when the men of Sodom and Gomorrah threatened his guests: "Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes." Genesis 19:8. Nowhere does the Bible criticize this offer. Thus, a fundamentalist view of the Bible suggests that that there are certain circumstances in which allowing one's daughters to be raped is a moral and ethical choice.


  1. This guy is a whacknut. Google "Daubenmire vs. Sommers" and "Daubenmire son" for enlightening background info.

  2. Thanks for the info.

    I also tend to think that Coach Dave is out on the fringe. It is the seemingly rational mainstream evangelicals that agree with him that bother me.