A man from Virginia, called Tom Hicks, painted on the tailgate of his truck a verse from the Bible followed by the statement: READ YOUR BIBLE.
Speaking to CBSNews in 2017, Tom said:
“I put the scripture out there about five years ago. The reason why I put this particular message on is that I want people to read the Bible. I want them to see the message and think for themselves if it is true or not. It is a hateful, hateful piece of work which Christians try to turn around, and they talk about love. Hopefully, people will read it and learn for themselves that these preachers or priests or ministers are making stuff up.”
Plenty of Virginia residents have reacted negatively to the Bible verse painted on the back of Tom’s pickup truck calling it a hateful act although the verse comes from their Bible and Tom is just spreading awareness about it. Tom said that he has become accustomed to people taking pictures of his truck and mouthing obscenities at him. He also said that one of the most common attitudes directed against him is other drivers flipping him off the road while driving.
Such statement in the Bible, however, should surprise no one because such work of literature is indeed oozing with other hateful remarks against women in particular. Here are some verses to name a few:
“I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, she must be silent.” ~ 1 Timothy 2:12
The following is Moses’s call to kill witches:
“Do not allow a sorceress to live.” ~ Exodus 22:18
This is another biblical verse calling for women to be submissive:
“Wives, submit to you husbands as to the Lord” ~ Ephesians 5:22
This biblical verse condones treating daughters like mere property and authorizes raping virgins:
“Look, I have two daughters, virgins both of them. Let me bring them out to you and you could do what you like with them. But do nothing to these men because they have come under the shelter of my roof.” ~ Genesis 19:8
Aside from constitutionally warranting slavery, Christianity blissfully encourages their mistreatment especially if these slaves are women:
“Here,” said Abraham, “your servant is in your hands. Do whatever you want with her.” Then Sarai treated Hagar so harshly that she fled from her. And the angel said, “Hagar, Sarai’s slave girl, where have you come from and where are you going?” She answered, “I’m running away from Sarai, my mistress.” The angel of the Lord said to her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to ill-treatment at her hands.” ~ Genesis 16
Here’s another verse approving raping virgins:
“But Moses was furious with the officers of the army, the commanders over thousands and commanders over hundreds, who had come from service in the war. Moses said to them, “Have you allowed all the women to live? Look, these people through the counsel of Balaam caused the Israelites to act treacherously against the Lord in the matter of Peor — which resulted in the plague among the community of the Lord! Now, therefore, kill every boy, and kill every woman who has had sexual intercourse with a man. But all the young women who have not had sexual intercourse with a man will be yours.” ~ Numbers 31:1–15
Here the Bible teaches the proper way for dealing with abstinence:
“If this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity were not found, then they shall bring out the young lady to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death to put evil away from among you.” ~ Deuteronomy 22:20–21
Not to forget of course the use of foul language against women:
“Yet she increased her whoring, remembering the days of her youth when she played the whore in the land of Egypt and lusted after her lovers there, whose penises were like those of donkeys, and whose ejaculation was like that of horses.” ~ Ezekiel 23:19–21 ESV
The fact that the books of the Bible condone the subjugation of women is indisputable, and anyone who has read such books understands this perfectly. Unfortunately, most Christians nowadays only read the bits and parts that the clerics highlight for them and they ignore the rest.
In the end, Christianity is not a supermarket where one picks and chooses the things one needs from it. Christianity is a system for social control, and like all other social systems, we should recognize every detail it contains and analyze all its laws.
Tom’s message to Christians to read their bible should be applauded and respected, not condemned.