Monday, January 16, 2006
Killing FOR JESUS; or, BARBARITY BY THE BOOK
In yesterday’s post, I wrote that “Moderate christians say it doesn’t matter that the bible harbors [violence-promoting] verses…. This is a lie. It matters. These verses direct the real behavior of real people. Forget that often these real people are mentally deranged (Phelps, Robertson, Hitler, etc., etc.).”
Believe it or not, the first thing that tumbled into my lap this morning was an article in Vanity Fair that proved to be a picture-perfect example. It seems that, for the past 19 years, a devout christian by the name of Joseph Kony has been “… enslaving, torturing, raping, and murdering Ugandan children, many of whom have become soldiers for his "Lord's Resistance Army" (L.R.A.)….”
“A former Catholic acolyte in his 40s, Kony has … found bible justifications for killing witches, for killing pigs because of the story of the Gadarene swine, and for killing people because god did the same with Noah's flood and Sodom and Gomorrah. Nice to know that he is immersed in the Good Book."
"After carefully reading the bible, Kony "... helped himself to about 50 captives as ‘wives,’ claiming Old Testament authority for this (King Solomon had 700 spouses)….”
From “Childhood’s End,” by Christopher Hitchens.