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So I guess it is okay then?  I mean, if a 2000 year old fairy tale condones the abuse of women it *must* be right.

 

moralityjebus

Pancakes and shedding blood just doesn’t seem right.

Whelp, that about covers it. :)

Pithy definitions for us today folks. :)

bible

Sooooooo… I need someone to tell me how morality springs from said book again, I seem to have forgotten how that works, given the source material.

‘Nuff said.

The notion that the bible is the inerrant word of god is a joke.  Try more like the ‘telephone game’ but using different languages and just saying no to clarity and connection to historical accuracy.

I know, I know.  Belief in magic is not really the best way to run anything, but rather than focusing on the silly nature of believing in the Grand Oooga-Booga, lets look at how those in power keep their ‘base’ ignorant and happy to continue to  lap up all mendacity that spews forth from the Party of No.  Alter.net author CJ Werleman has a nifty article about biblical illiteracy in America, so lets go over the highlights.

“More than 95 percent of U.S. households own at least one copy of the Bible. So how much do Americans know of the book that one-third of the country believes to be literally true? Apparently, very little, according to data from the Barna Research group. Surveys show that 60 percent can’t name more than five of the Ten Commandments; 12 percent of adults think Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife; and nearly 50 percent of high school seniors think Sodom and Gomorrah were a married couple. A Gallup poll shows 50 percent of Americans can’t name the first book of the Bible, while roughly 82 percent believe “God helps those who help themselves” is a biblical verse.”

So really, the obedient masses can be fed just about any line of bullshite and they won’t bat an eye.

“The truth, whether Republicans like it or not, is not only that Jesus a meek and mild liberal Jew who spoke softly in parables and metaphors, but conservatives were the ones who had him killed. American conservatives, however, have morphed Jesus into a muscular masculine warrior, in much the same way the Nazis did, as a means of combating what they see as the modernization of society.

Author Thom Hartmann writes, “A significant impetus behind the assault on women and modernity was the feeling that women had encroached upon traditional male spheres like the workplace and colleges. Furthermore, women’s leadership in the churches had harmed Christianity by creating an effeminate clergy and a weak sense of self. All of this was associated with liberalism, feminism, women, and modernity.”

Funny how much of a threat Conservatives see women to the established order.   I take it as a sign we are moving in the right direction.

“For instance, when Republicans were justifying their cuts to the food stamp program, they quoted 2 Thessalonians: “Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.” One poll showed that more than 90 percent of Christians believe this New Testament quote is attributed to Jesus. It’s not. This was taken from a letter written by Paul to his church in Thessalonica. Paul wrote to this specific congregation to remind them that if they didn’t help build the church in Thessalonica, they wouldn’t be paid. The letter also happens to be a fraud. Surprise! Biblical scholars agree it’s a forgery written by someone pretending to be Paul.”

Being fact averse seems to be the default setting for much of the Republican party and concomitantly most their followers.  The stupid leading the blind is not a winning recipe for running a nation.

“The best argument against a historical Jesus is the fact that none of his disciples left us with a single record or document regarding Jesus or his teachings. So, who were the gospel writers? The short answer is we don’t know. What we do know is that not only had none of them met Jesus, but also they never met the people who had allegedly met Jesus. All we have is a bunch of campfire stories from people who were born generations after Jesus’ supposed crucifixion. In other words, numerous unidentified authors, each with his own theological and ideological motives for writing what they wrote. Thus we have not a single independently verifiable eyewitness account of Jesus—but this doesn’t stop Republicans from speaking on his behalf.”

Not that making stuff up is new for politicians.

“The price this country has paid for biblical illiteracy is measured by how far we’ve moved toward Ayn Rand’s utopia. In the past three decades, we’ve slashed taxes on corporations and the wealthy, destroyed labor unions, deregulated financial markets, eroded public safety nets, and committed to one globalist corporate free-trade agreement after another. Rand would be smiling down from the heaven she didn’t believe in.”

Fantastic.  Well we should be applaud the republicans for packaging up self-immolation so nicely – all decked out with rainbows and jesus stickers.  It would be cute if it wasn’t underpinning the destruction of a nation.

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