Showing posts with label Proof Texting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Proof Texting. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Bible Thumping Hypocrite

     Just received an email that had this legendary letter that was written to Dr. Laura (Mikkelson) Schlessinger in 2000.  This was in response to her denouncing homosexuals as a "mistake of nature."
         Via Amazon.com
     For more on her hypocritical use of the title "Doctor," her nude photo scandal, her renunciation of Orthodox Judaism, and her violations of her own black and white morality lens, click here for Snopes.com's report on the letter, whose author is unknown.
Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination ... End of debate.
I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God's Laws and how to follow them.
1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?
2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
Via Harper Collins       
3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of Menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?
6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there 'degrees' of abomination?
7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?
8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I'm confident you can help.
Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.
Your adoring fan.
     To read more about the numerous hypocrisies that the holy "doctor" Laura has committed, click here.  

     For the some of the nude photo spread Laura did back in her trying-to-break-into-show business days click here and here.
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Christian Militia Busted by FBI for Plotting Insurrection against Government

     As the old hymn goes: "We are one in the Spirit [sic], we are one in the Lord [sic].  We pray that all unity may one day be restored and they'll know we are Christians by our guns, by our guns.  Yes, they'll know we are Christian by our love (of guns)."
Photo from Hutaree.com.

     Last week, self-proclaimed new-Isaiah Sarah Palin wrote on Twitter: "Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: 'Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!' Pls see my Facebook page."  This week a group of right-wing Christians heeded her advice, and they are the ones going to jail.

     A right-wing Christian group named the Hutaree (a word the group's founder David B. Stone Sr. made up that means "Christian warriors"), says Jesus would lock and load and fire at the U.S. government.

     The Hutaree Web site features the motto “Preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive” and a video showing rifle-toting men in camouflage running through woods and firing weapons. “Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment,” the Web site says, adding, “The Hutaree will one day see its enemy and meet him on the battlefield if so God wills it.”
     Jesus wanted the Hutaree to use "equipment" to incite violence.  I don't remember that word being in the bible, just like stem cell research, abortion, global warming, evolution, etc., you know, the things right-wing groups claim the bible explicitly says are immoral or fake.  Proof-texting hypocrites!

     Thankfully, the FBI busted the Hutaree before they could start their parousia-inducing attack on the government.  (Palin also believes the apocalypse is near.)  The Times:
     In an indictment against the nine [Hutaree] unsealed on Monday, the Justice Department said they were part of a group of apocalyptic Christian militants who were plotting to kill law enforcement officers in hopes of inciting an antigovernment uprising, the latest in a recent surge in right-wing militia activity.  
     The court filing said the group, which called itself the Hutaree, planned to kill an unidentified law enforcement officer and then bomb the funeral caravan using improvised explosive devices based on designs used against American troops by insurgents in Iraq.  
    Why is it that if people of color or Muslims insight violence against the government it's call terrorism, but if a group of white Christians do it's called a militia?

     Eight defendants were arrested over the weekend in raids in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, the Justice Department said. The authorities arrested the Stones’ eldest son, Joshua M. Stone, 21, shortly before 9 p.m. Monday in Pittsford, Mich., about 20 miles west of his family’s home, an F.B.I. spokeswoman, Sandra Berchtold, said.
     I say lock them up and load 'em into the maximum security loony bin (especially for the mullet).   


Friday, March 26, 2010

John Calvin and Thomas Aquinas, Our Founding Fathers

History Question of the Day

     Which of these writers influenced the political philosophy and origins of the founding documents of the United States of America:  President Thomas Jefferson, John Calvin, and/or Saint Thomas Aquinas?

     Easy, right?  The answer is President Thomas Jefferson.   You know, Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, and one of the many founders who threw off the religious tyranny of then-England and safeguarded the separation of church and state in our government.

     WRONG!  If you are one of the 80% of  students in the U.S.A. who will be reading textbooks published in Texas, you wouldn't know that President Thomas Jefferson is a writer who influenced the intellectual origins of our nation.    Instead, you will be taught that Protestant "reformer" John Calvin  and medieval-minded, pre-rational-thinking Catholic Saint Thomas Aquinas are the true influences upon our nation's founding documents. 

     John Calvin founded a theocracy, with morality police to enforce his religion's moral code under the threat of punishment, including the death penalty.  In one of his most despicable acts, Calvin ordered the death (by slow burning) of his longtime pen-pal and humanist theologian Michael Servetus after assuring Serveus that he'd be safe in Geneva.  Why did Calvin kill him?  Because Servetus had issues with Calvin's version of church and state.  The theocracy of Calvin is what our nation's revolutionaries and founders fought against, so that we could have freedom of choice and speech concerning religion/no religion.   

     St. Thomas Aquinas stressed the importance of both divine revelation and human reason, but reason was trumped by revelation.  The channels for revelation include scripture and the Catholic Church's tradition (not Protestant, not Jewish, not Muslim, not anyone else).  Aquinas' pre-scientific-revolution teachings on natural law theory have governed Catholic moral theology and political policy since.  How the Catholic Church sees god in nature is how everyone else must also understand god's will for the universe.  This medieval teaching has resulted in countless anti-scientific and anti-rational Catholic teachings.  If you don't believe an apostate gay like me, then just ask Galileo.  The anti-rational and church-imposed teachings upon science and reason are what our nation's revolutionaries and founders fought against, so that we could have freedom of choice and speech concerning religion/no religion.

      Earlier this month, the Texas Board of Education voted to rewrite American history in textbooks published in Texas arguing that history has been skewed by the left.  The vote passed with ten Republican votes, to five dissenting votes.

     The New York Times reports some of the changes the board is making to American history:
     Efforts by Hispanic board members to include more Latino figures as role models for the state’s large Hispanic population were consistently defeated, prompting one member, Mary Helen Berlanga, to storm out of a meeting late Thursday night, saying, “They can just pretend this is a white America and Hispanics don’t exist. They are going overboard, they are not experts, they are not historians.  They are rewriting history, not only of Texas but of the United States and the world.”
     The conservative members maintain that they are trying to correct what they see as a liberal bias among the teachers who proposed the curriculum. To that end, they made dozens of minor changes aimed at calling into question, among other things, concepts like the separation of church and state and the secular nature of the American Revolution. “I reject the notion by the left of a constitutional separation of church and state,” said David Bradley, a conservative from Beaumont who works in real estate. “I have $1,000 for the charity of your choice if you can find it in the Constitution.”  
     I guess for Bradley, Article 6 of the Constitution doesn't count, not to mention the First Amendment, and countless other affirmations of the separation between church and state in further Amendments.
     They also replaced the word “capitalism” throughout their texts with the “free-enterprise system.” “Let’s face it, capitalism does have a negative connotation,” said one conservative member, Terri Leo. “You know, ‘capitalist pig!’”
     Even the course on world history did not escape the board’s scalpel. Cynthia Dunbar, a lawyer from Richmond who is a strict constitutionalist and thinks the nation was founded on Christian beliefs, managed to cut Thomas Jefferson from a list of figures whose writings inspired revolutions in the late 18th century and 19th century, replacing him with St. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and William Blackstone. (Jefferson is not well liked among conservatives on the board because he coined the term “separation between church and state.”)
     Also in the changes: Sen. Joe McCarthy's fall from power is redacted in tragic light, saying he was correct about Commie infiltrators and justified in his actions in his witch hunt hearings; the civil rights movement is taught stressing the "unintended consequences" of the movement; and many, many more Christian nips and tucks.

     Texas is a huge exporter of textbooks to other states, so don't be surprised when these books end up on your child's desk in Illinois, Washington, or California.

     Don't think that it's just Texas changing Jefferson's history.  Never once in the White House's online biography of Jefferson is his fervent support and defense of the separation of church and state mentioned.  Never once is it noted that Jefferson was for religious freedom, yes, but also for freedom from religion.  In fact, the White House misrepresents Jefferson's history with a quote from a "private letter" stating: "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."  This is how the Jefferson bio begins, with a quote stated out of the context of his life as a deist, which in those pre-Darwinian days was someone who did not believe in a personal god as people today do.  Jefferson was not a religious man, and some argue that he was according to today's religious vocabulary, an atheist.  Of course, there will be no presentation of these arguments in the history books, thanks to the Republican, conservative Christian dominated Texas school board.

Postscript:

Click here to sign a letter to Texan publishers telling them not to rewrite history.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Ms. Cafeteria Biblical Literalist



     That was so 1990.  Welcome to 2010, where beauty queens helping cancerous children and abused Alzhiemer's patients is like so out.  If you want to be a beauty queen today, than you have to like play the media and the Christian Right, everywhere like such as, and what better way to do so than to make your platform bashing gays in god's name.

     But, guess what?  The gays aren't going to sit back and take it. 

     In the embedded video below from Countdown, Dan Savage calls self-proclaimed Miss Beverly Hills 2010 Lauren Ashley to task for her cafeteria biblical literalist views that support her god-will-kill-gays-for-their-sin platform.  Apparently, she hasn't read the entire bible, not even the chapters surrounding the verse she proof-texted from Leviticus.  If she had, she'd realize that she was in trouble for eating uncircumsized bananas.  Ms. Ashley's BFF Paris Hilton would have to be put to death because she's not a virgin.  And, what does the bible say about cosmetics, jewely, and plastic surgery?  Sinner!

     I, for one, hope that vacuus morons like Ms. Pasedena Zip Code continue to come out of the closet against gay rights, because it shows the nation just how ridiculous their logic and beliefs are.  She is so dumb that in one breath she gives people all the justification that they need to kill gays in god's name, and then in the next breath talks about how she has so many gay friends that she cares about.  Disconnect.  Disconnect.  Disconnect! 

     Ignorance breeds religious violence, Ms. Nip Tuck USAPrecious religious beliefs, such as yours, are the basis for both the illegal and legal killing of gays around the worldUganda, Somalia, Iran, etc. and all in the name of religion. 

     Let's hear what your gay "friends" have to say about your deceitful self-promotion and using gays' right to life as tool for your aspirations to be the next Carrie Prejean.

     Roll the tape: "9021-N0"

Monday, October 5, 2009

My Hatred of Proof Texting: a Prologue


1 In the beginning was the Word (of mouth), and the Word (of mouth) was with Interpretation, and the Word (of mouth) was Interpretation.  2 The Word (of mouth) was in the beginning with Interpretation.
3 All things came to be through an intergenerational game of telephone, and without the Word (of mouth) nothing came to be in the scriptures.  What came to be 4 through the Word (of mouth) was manipulated, and this manipulation was the personal lens of the human race; 5 the manipulation exists in the darkness of the print, and the print has not overcome it.
6 A man named Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (Roman Catholic priest) was first to analyze the origins of a text; his contemporaries Luther, Calvin and Zwingli used a Literal Interpretation.  7 Erasmus sought the truth, within a text's historical context, so that all might believe in what the author truly intended.  8 He was not the light, but was first to see the light.
9 The true Enlightenment, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.  10 Rational thought was in the Enlightenment, and rational thought came to be through the Enlightenment, but the proof-texting literalists did not know it.
               11 Religious believers came into what was their own (using their intellect), but their own churches did not accept them. 12 But those who did accept them were given the power to become scholars of the Historical Critical Method, to those who believe in the Word (of mouth), 13 who were born not by six-thousand year old inbreeding parents nor by god’s choice nor by drinking holy Spirits but of natural selection.
14 And the Word (of mouth) became flesh and made its dwelling among us in our religious texts, and we suffer its glory, the glory as of the literalists’ only Interpretation, full of superstition and bullshit.