10 Commandments Rebel group in Uganda abducts 30 girls in raid on school.

Apparently members of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group in Uganda that want to overthrow the government there and set up a new one based on the 10 Commandments are working from a different set than the one most folks are familiar with. The rebel’s version not only allows for killing, but also for abducting teenage girls for use as child soldiers and sex slaves.

Uganda rebels abduct schoolgirls in night raid—MSNBC.com

The girls seized in the ambush on the Lwala Girls Secondary School in Kabermaido district, about 160 km (100 miles) northeast of the capital, Kampala, were aged between 12 and 18.

The rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), led by self-proclaimed prophet Joseph Kony, has been fighting the government in northern Uganda since 1987.

The group has earned a terrifying reputation for abducting children to use as child soldiers and sex slaves, and for maiming villagers.

Army spokesman Major Shaban Bantariza said initial fears that 100 girls had been taken have been scaled down but added that around 30 were still unaccounted for.

Not that this is unprecedented. The Bible is full of passages where God condones and even orders his followers to violate the Ten Commandments. For example:

    NU 31:17-18 Moses, following the Lord’s command, orders the Israelites to kill all the Midianite male children and “… every woman who has known man ….”, but allows them to keep the virgins for themselves.

    DT 20:13-14 “When the Lord delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the males …. As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves.”

    DT 21:10-13 With the Lord’s approval, the Israelites are allowed to take “beautiful women” from the enemy camp to be their captive wives. If, after sexual relations, the husband has “no delight” in his wife, he can simply let her go.

    JG 21:10-12 “… Go and smite the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the edge of the sword and; also the women and little ones…. every male and every woman that has lain with a male you shall utterly destroy.” They do so and find four hundred young virgins whom they bring back for their own use.

It goes on and on like that for pages. So who knows? Perhaps the Lord’s Resistance Army are just following God’s orders and continuing in the grand tradition of past Christians who have been glorified in that sacred tome. Various Christians are always telling me that the Bible is as fully relevant on how you should live you life today as it was 2000 years ago so I’d have to say these guys are just practicing what they’ve been preached. Needless to say I still find it appalling, but I’m told by many that I shouldn’t criticize someone else who is just practicing their religious beliefs.

4 thoughts on “10 Commandments Rebel group in Uganda abducts 30 girls in raid on school.

  1. These excellent points help to illustrate why I cannot accept Christianity as a valid religion. Since it’s God encourages and rewards this type of behavior, I don’t stand a chance of being someone He would like anyway. Looks like I need to find a deity I can respect, or more importantly one who respects me.

  2. A couple comments on this…

    There is a technique for reading the bible called “proof texting” which involves using passages out of the bible as “proof” in support or opposition to a given position: slavery, oppression, murder, or that drinking is evil.

    Usually, the passages are taken out of context, and/or without due consideration for the more subtle meanings (including corrections of mistranslations) and historical contexts of the statements.

    Though I don’t have the reference, the bible also makes it clear that doing this is wrong.

    I can say that If I were God, any Ugandan rebels trotting out Numbers 31 to justify the rape of teenage girls would do well to change their approach to more of a “throw yourself on the mercy of the court” theme, before my zotter got fully charged.

    As for the passages you quoted, look at them again, not in the context of today but of several thousand years ago. Really, they are keeping with the standards of the times: eliminate all threats to your society, and make up for your war losses and for the payment of your soldiers with war gains (plunder) including wives, second wives and concubines. Such behavior wouldn’t go over well today, but then the soldiers of Old Testament Isreal didn’t have peace accords and soldiers who got salaries and death benefits.

  3. You make a valid point, J1, but I wasn’t so much listing those examples as being how the rebels in Uganda may have justified their actions and as far as I know they haven’t tired to use these passages as justification.

    My point was rather that if you accept the Bible as being a true account of God’s past actions then how can you possibly know that God isn’t instructing the rebels to carry out the actions that they are? In other words, if God had no problem telling people in the past to do these things then who’s to say that he isn’t handing out similar instructions now?

  4. You know, this is so pertinent for all religions: Islam is also going thru some tough breaks with their brand of fanaticism. 

    It almost appears as if there may exist a tertiary or “silent force” out there dictating all the anti-humane activities.  We could all hypothesize as to the source of all this madness.

    However, I will say this:  The Bible, true, is filled with horrific violence if one wishes to follow those examples of OVER 5000 Yrs ago.

    The Koran, on the other hand, is much less violent in its presentation of stories and/or punishments despite some terrible flack it has received from evangelical protestant “missionaries”.

    The bottom line is:

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