Friday, December 30, 2005

How to piss people off...

Imagine it's the first Christmas. Baby Jesus is in the manger, Mary is smiling proudly at her newborn son, while Joseph looks on, with a look on his face that says he's wondering why the son of God looks like the traveling sandal salesman that visited about nine months ago. Imagine the animals in the manger, baa-ing and bray-ing in reverence to the newborn savior.

Now imagine one of the shepherds wearing blood red lipstick, blue eye shadow, f--- me pumps, and fishnets.

That's the sort of thing that the Scuotto siblings (relatively famous "traditional" nativity sculptors) have produced this year, and have displayed at the San Giacomo church in Rome, much to the mega-pissed-offedness of many of the church's parishoners.

I suppose this is as good a time as any to start the whole religion debate. I've been watching some recent documentaries on The History Channel about the life and times of Jesus. Now, I'm not saying he didn't exist. He probably did, and he was probably quite a good guy. But what really kicks me in the nuts are the people who defend their extremist, closed-minded beliefs solely on the basis of "The Bible Says So".

Well, the Bible also says, "Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every women that hath known man by lying with him." [...] "This [is] the ordinance of the law which the LORD commanded Moses" (Numbers 31:17, 21)

Does this mean that God wants us to start killing babies and non-virgin females?

Granted, this is just one example (there are numerous examples, far too many to list here) of non-traditional commands given by God himself.

Now, I'm not here to debate specifics. I'm just here to tell you that arguing that such-and-such is right or wrong "because the bible says so" is a circular argument. A perfect example is when people try and convince me that the Bible is the divine word of God... "because the Bible says so." That isn't an argument, it's a rationalization. If you can provide some sort of historical proof (and NOT the so-called 'proof' that can be just as easily disproven by the same archeological find, depending on who interprets it), then I'll listen. Until then, take your circular logic and stuff it up your Christmas tree.

Angry Intenet Guy says, "People who blindly believe in something will blindly believe anything. Sell them lots of cheaply manufactured, overpriced Bibles made in a Chinese sweatshop by a bunch of underpaid and abused Bhuddist children."

Spank me, baby!

I got four smacks from Bitter Bitch over at italk2much. That's actually a pretty good rating, as their standards go. And, as I read through the comments to the review, it seems I have a bit of a fan club.

Guess I probably oughtta start posting again, huh? ;)