Basically, it all boils down to, “They don’t understand it, so they always get it wrong.”
Case in point. When I was searching for imagery for http://polination.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/thou-shalt-not-murder/, I came across a photo of nekkid ladies protesting the war in Iraq.
Said peace protesting ladies are standing in a grassy field with big red letters painted on their backs spelling out, “Thou Shalt Not Kill!”
I’ll spare you the actual image. If you must … go to http://www.chicagosee.com/explanations/303.htm but don’t say I didn’t warn you. It ain’t pretty and it sure as heck ain’t art. And, no, I am not going to heat up any of these links because I do not care to have the sites get pingbacks they can follow to visit here and post mean comments. Copy/paste them if you want to go lookie lou.
I think it’s safe to assume all nekkid protesters are left-wingnuts, what with them being in favor of anything they think will shock boring, bitter-clinging, right-wingnut types.
Thus, the question arises … would not these same individuals (who so pretentiously quote the Bible on behalf of their political agenda, while offending biblical proscriptions against giving scandal by parading around nekkid) be likely to also participate enthusiastically in pro-abort protests … you know the kind where ladies march along waving coat hangers and demanding that Bible-thumpers stop trying to stick their noses into other people’s wombs?
I’m just saying.
Another image from my search was @ http://friendlyatheist.tumblr.com/post/489381587/thou-shalt-not-kill-unless-god-tells-you-to.
Did you catch the name of the site? friendlyatheist. Yeah, right.
Sorry, pal, but I don’t consider taking Bible stuff out of context for the express purpose of sneering at my faith to be a “friendly” activity.
Why is it that atheists think they’re so smart anyway? Has it never crossed their teensy weensy minds that Hebrew and Christian believers have had THOUSANDS of YEARS to ponder all this stuff and that our greatest theologians have written a whole bunch on these issues? Duh.
Another Leftie Bible sneer was @ http://cheezburger.com/View/4466084096.
Actually, this cheezburger guy did a bunch of these. None of them had any artistic or theological merit, though I suppose making and posting them on the internet made him feel all over clever in a “Take that, you stupid Bible thumpers!” way.
So, cheezburger … when you get done making rude and immature noises with your mouth, could you give a thought or two to the important bit that comes shortly before “Thou shalt not kill” where God said,
“I am the Lord, your God.”
Hellooo! Rules made BY God do not apply TO God. Sheesh. I keep thinking of this funny bit Bill Cosby used to do:
“I brought you into this world and I can take you out.”
Honestly. Atheists can be so damn dumb. They remind me of teen-agers who think that all the rules that parents make for them should also apply to the parents, but any rules made for younger children should not apply to older children.
Like, bed times for example. Parents stay up as long as they want. Teens think they should also have that freedom … but if they have younger siblings (especially pesty ones), they should definitely have to go to bed by some certain, much-earlier-than-teen time.
On the plus side, in my graphics search, I came across this gem:
“Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said okay. (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide.)” http://archian.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/logical-consequence-of-secularization-in-america/
It reminded me of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, founder of American Atheists and the person behind the 1963 SCOTUS decision in Murray v. Curlett lawsuit, that ended official Bible-reading in American public schools.
Her son William J. Murray became a Baptist in 1980. Upon learning this, his mother reportedly said, “I repudiate him entirely and completely for now and all times.” In 1995, Madalyn was kidnapped and murdered by one of her fellow American Atheist activists.
William is now the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., that works to help Christians in Islamic and Communist nations.
I can’t wait to read his autobiography, My Life Without God. The customer reviews at Amazon make it sound so interesting!
[I don't need to explain to all y'all that I'm not happy that Son of Spock or Madalyn the Hair came to violent ends, even if these events do happen to support my belief that living by the Bible is good for children and other living things.]