Saturday, June 16, 2007


“J├╝rgen Habermas, a veteran leftist German philosopher stunned his admirers not long ago by proclaiming, ‘Christianity, and nothing else, is the ultimate foundation of liberty, conscience, human rights, and democracy, the benchmarks of Western civilization. To this day, we have no other options [than Christianity]. We continue to nourish ourselves from this source. Everything else is postmodern chatter.’” [From, June 2007]


Like Jumpin’ Jehovah was out on the moutaintop pumping his fist in the air hollering “Rah, rah, rah, Human Rights! Freedom! Let’s hear it for liberty and justice for all!”

Not. For example, Jumpin' J. gave a fig about slaves and slavery.

Okay. But certainly Jesus preached freedom for slaves.

Not. Jesus gave a fig alright, but it was about proper manners, not morality: "Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves….” Jesus speaking in Leviticus 25:44.

And here, for your reading relish, are a few more cute passages about Jumpin' Jehovah's "liberty, conscience, human rights, and democracy" for all:

Genesis 20:17
"Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife and his slave girls so they could have children again." [Oh, wow! Healthy at last so I can die in slavery and childbirth! O praise the lord, praise the lord!]

Genesis 39:17
"Then she told him this story: 'That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me.'” [How about freeing your slaves, dudette? How about standing up against the entire rot that is human slavery?]

Genesis 20:14
“Then Abimelech brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him.” [And so where’s Jumpin’ Jehovah? Why isn’t the god of “liberty, conscience, human rights, and democracy” telling Abe to spit in Abim’s face and rip those slaves away and set them free? Why isn’t Jumpin’ J giving moral leadership here re: the whole sink-hole institution of slavery? Huh? Huh?]
Thnx to andy dyer for the pic


Aquila ka Hecate said...

So much that is abominable has been justified by using the Christian Bible.
Slavery, ownership of women (and children and men, but always women), racism, xenophobia...the list could go on and on.
Bah.You'd have thought a bloody philosopher would have had to think a bit before he came out with that tidy piece of nonsense.

Terri in Joburg

Anne Johnson said...

I disagree politely with the learned German philosopher.

Athana said...

We've all been brainwashed re: the war-god religions. But the entire purpose of philosophers afterall is to point out where and when we've been brainwashed, not just fall in line with it.

Morgaine said...

Funny, you'd think a German philosopher would be familiar with the words "sklav moral" - don't they teach Nietsche anymore? Christianity is a religion designed to support slavery by making the slaves content in the knowledge that their suffering will be rewarded in "heaven."

I can't believe academic systems support such drivel.

Anonymous said...

2b fair, it isn't Jesus speaking in Leviticus