In a blood-chilling clash of church and state, a father and son rapist duo say that they plan to use scripture from the Bible as defense against rape charges in court.

Timothy Ciboro and his son, Esten Ciboro will stand trial for their crimes this week, representing themselves despite pleas from their attorneys that they accept counsel.

The two Ohio men were arrested in May on charges of rape, child endangerment, and kidnapping after the elder man’s 13-year-old stepdaughter reportedly escaped the home where she was held against her will and raped repeatedly by both her stepfather and stepbrother.

The abuse has been ongoing for as long as three years, meaning that the girl was just 11 when the attacks began.

The elder Ciboro has convinced the court to allow him to reference the Bible as his sole testimony during the trial. The judge has consented to allow the bible to be used, but has cautioned both Ciboro’s that it is “very important,” but not a law book.

According to the younger Ciboro:

“There’s a great deal of strategy in Scripture and I use those strategies in everything I do. It’s a vital part of everything I do.”

There has been significant questioning about whether or not these two men are of competent mental capacity to both stand trial and represent themselves.

It will be interesting to say the least to see what scriptures the men can drudge up to possibly explain why they kidnapped, held as a slave, and repeatedly raped their underaged relative.

Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at