A real story about a comedian and a barbarian....
On the conservative site Barbwire, Tristan Emmanuel writes a mid-brained inspired, hair brained article titled Bill-asphemy: Does Maher Deserve A Whipping For Slandering God?
But before delving into Mr Emmanuel's 17th century thinking, let's look at what Bill Maher said to get him into such hot water...
Funny -- not too subtle -- but funny.
Tristan (we're on a first name basis for this blog post) opens up his article with the traditional "Sure, so-and-so is protected by the Constitution, BUT" argument.
Bill Maher is known for being an offensive anti-Christian bigot. It’s his trademark. But this time he’s gone too far. He may have protection under the First Amendment to say whatever slanderous thing that comes out of his toilet bowl brain, but that does not mean Christians should turn the other cheek.And there is the cheap sleight of hand that many fundamentalists like to make in America: The Constitution is a great document, and needs to be followed as long as it lines up with our prejudices and Bronze Age thinking. When the law of the land doesn't do that, it's time to take divine law into our own hands.
The next step in writing a religiously authoritarian piece is to quote the heavenly law so that barbaric actions can be squared with a violently psychotic deity.
Psalms 14:1 says, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good.” And that gets to the nub of the issue.See? People who disagree with fundamentalists are at their very core disingenuous and intentionally trying to corrupt those around them.
The problem with people like Maher — and rabble like Richard Dawkins and the late burning-in-hell Christopher Hitchens — is their lack of moral character. They are what Psalm 14 says, corrupt. That is to say they are morally bankrupt men who refuse to be honest with the evidence all around them.
But what *wrings hands*, what is to be done?
Maybe something cruel and violent?
Here is an example of how America once dealt with the likes of Bill Maher.
“Be it declared and enacted by the Lieutenant Governor, Council and Representatives, convened in General Assembly, and it is enacted by the Authority of the same, that if any person shall presume willfully to blaspheme the holy Name of God, Father, Son, or Holy Ghost; either by denying, cursing or reproaching the true God; his Creation or Government of the World: or by denying, cursing, or reproaching the holy Word of God… everyone so offending shall be punished by imprisonment, not exceeding six months, and until they find sureties for good behaviours; by sitting in pillory; by whipping; boaring thorow the tongue, with a red hot iron; or sitting upon the gallows with a rope about their neck; at the discretion of the court…” — Massachusetts General Laws.Of course, this law was written in the distant past when witches were burned at the stake and Mary Dyer with two others (otherwise known as the Boston matyrs) were executed by the state for being Quakers.
And the last bit of any religio-sociopathic writing ends with a "God will punish us if we don't do something crazy" call to arms.
But mark my word, a day of reckoning is coming. God is very clear. Exodus 20:7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”Mr Emmanuel has written a formulaic article promoting barbarism.
If we are unwilling to hold blasphemers accountable, the almighty judge of the world will.
But what do you expect from someone who takes the Bible seriously?
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