There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in A, B, C, and D. Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of conservatism.
Listen to Him!
We hear again and again from the believers: Listen to the Word of God. Hear the message of the Bible. Know your scriptures. Listen to Him!
The usual atheist response is... to agree wholeheartedly! I'd love people to know the message of the Bible! So here's a handy starter guide; feel free to cut and paste wherever needed. Like this:
"You say we should all listen to what your God has to say? I totally agree! I've read his Word, and here are some highlights:"
God loves slavery (Leviticus 25:44-46)
God hands down rules for the proper way to kill your slaves (Exodus 21:20-21)
God tells us what to do when when we feel a rape victim didn’t protest loudly enough: execute her (Deuteronomy 22:23-24)
God commands rape victims (whom we don’t execute) to marry their rapists (Deuteronomy 22:28-29)
God and Moses command the slaughter of men, women, and children, with virgin girls alone to be saved for rape (Numbers 31:7-18)
God commands that pregnant women be “ripped open by swords” to make sure the fetuses are killed too (Hosea 13:16)
God lays down the rules for forcing enslaved women into marriage (Deuteronomy 21:10-14)
God commands his people to slaughter men, women, boys, and girls, and “fill the courtyard” with their corpses (Ezekiel 9:5-7)
God demands discrimination against people with physical deformities (Leviticus 21:16-23)
Jesus gives the thumbs-up to slavery (Ephesians 6:5)
Seriously, the New Testament really is cool with slavery (1 Peter 2:18, 1 Timothy 6:1-2)
The Bible tells women to shut up and obey men (1 Timothy 2:11-15, 1 Corinthians 14:33-35)
Seriously, women, you’re inferior to men (1 Corinthians 11:3-10)
God’s champion David butchers the people of a city with axes and saws (1 Chronicles 20:1-3)
God prescribes limb amputation for women who stop fights the wrong way (Deuteronomy 25:11-12)
God slaughters innocent firstborn sons of people and animals, because Pharaoh was stubborn (Exodus 12:29-30)
God demands execution by stoning for non-virgin women who marry (Deuteronomy 22:20-21), and burning alive for priests’ daughters who fornicate (Leviticus 21:9)
God commands more burnt human sacrifice (Genesis 22:1-2, 1 Kings 13:1-2)
God’s champions burn men and women alive in a building (Judges 9:42-49)
God demands more deaths, including starvation for children (Jeremiah 11:22-23)
God (again) commands the butchering of children and babies (Isaiah 13:15-18)
God sets down the rules for turning people into slaves for life (Exodus 21:2-6)
God details the procedures for selling women into slavery, including selling them back if the master is displeased (Exodus 21:7-11)
God helps his people divvy up their plunder, including 32,000 girls (Numbers 31:25-35)
Outside a single boat, God slaughters every man, women, child, infant, and fetus on earth (Genesis 7:19-23)
God’s curse is upon anyone who “holds back his sword from blood” (Jeremiah 48:10)
God’s miracle slaughters “men and women, young and old” in Jericho (Joshua 6:20-21)
God clarifies that when slaughtering the inhabitants of a city, it’s all right to keep the girls for rape (Deuteronomy 20:10-14)
God further clarifies his scorched earth policy for razing cities and killing all inhabitants (Deuteronomy 13:13-19)
Mmm, mmm! Now that's good readin'!
Got any scriptures that should be added to that list? Let me know!