Thursday, February 26, 2009


To my great shame and horror, I live in a place calling itself "a Christian nation."

Today I watched a Christian dude open up a U.S. Senate session by reading from the bloody butchery book this nation lives by, one of the most barbaric books ever written: the Bible.

Although your Christian minister will bend over backwards to hide it, this butchery book is dripping with HUNDREDS of little bloody gems like the following:

"And the Lord said ... take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the Lord against the sun...." Numbers 25:4

"He (the Lord God Jehovah) hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter. Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcasses...." Isaiah 34: 2-3

"Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones [i.e., infants and toddlers] against the stones" Psalms 137.9

"Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth." Zechariah 14:12

And my personal fave (it has rhyming words in it):

"The sword of the LORD is filled with blood." Isaiah 34: 6***

Gee. I wonder. Could there be any connection between verses like these* and the fact that we elect presidents who go gaga over torturing people? (Most other societies** don't torture.)

The fact that we adore war? (Many societies don't do war; go to to see.)

The fact that we have runaway child abuse? (Many if not most other societies don't damage their own kiddies).

"Religions" that center around war gods like Jehovah, Allah and Yahweh aren't religions at all. They're really -- secretly -- political control mechanisms.

These so-called religions are sacs of sickness. And out of love for ourselves, our children, and the world in general, we need to pass laws making them illegal. And ASAP!
* And there are (literally) hundreds more where they came from.
** Hundreds of different cultural groups exist in our world. Most of the indigenous ones do not torture. The rest of us have been conquered centuries if not millennia ago by war gods like Jehovah, Allah, Yahweh, and various Hindu and Asian war gods.
*** For more of these blood-curdling passages choking the book that guides America, go to The Skeptics Annotated Bible.
thnx to liamalexander for the foto; go HERE to see more.


Joan Robinson-Blumit said...

Has it ever occurred to you that the Judeo-Christian god is a schizophrenic? In the Old Testament he's bloody and judgmental. In the New Testament he's all about loving your neighbor and forgiveness. What a theology - no wonder our world is so screwed up by patriarchy.

Richard Norris said...

Over at the Raving Atheist, or Raving Theist as he calls himself now, the crime of rape is being called a pro-choice crime commited mainly by liberal men. It's amazing how fast war gods poison you.

Athana said...

Joan, yes indeedy! I've written more than once on this very blog about the schizophrenia of YAJ (Yahweh/Allah/Jehovah, who many think of as three separate gods, but who is really one schizoid god -- the god of Abraham).

But you're right: it's also true that the Old and New Testaments are very much divorced from one another, forming a second kind of schizophrenia.

Things might be passably tolerable if Christians would pitch the OT, but they obstinately refuse to do this. Even so, Jesus is far, far from perfect: he seems to dislike the human body, he has very little to do with women (The DaVinci Code aside), he seems to think everyone needs to be poor (the Goddess thinks everyone needs to be equally rich), and he seems to have no use for physical beauty of any kind, or for any kind of sensuality.

In short, he's far from a healthy human specimen!

Athana said...


It's sad that the Raving Atheist has been infected by the same barbarous force he'd previously fought against (Christianity; the primitive Abrahamaic desert "religions").

Ya hafta wonder: what hit him so hard that he made this triple leap backwards into craziness?

Love you,

Margaret said...

I would rather the ministers ignore the violent parts. Preach peace.

What's scary is when the Christians start quoting those parts to defend torture and killing - which I heard some of them doing in defense of the US' treatment of "terrorists". Yikes.

Their motto was, "the unsaved are dead already" (so it doesn't matter what we do...). And there was something about Jesus "loving" with a sword.

Athana said...


You've hit the nail on the head.

The "violent parts" are always there, lurking, big as barns, in the Bible, the Christian rule book for living.

Many ministers may "ignore" them, but they're always there for anyone to grab onto at anytime they want.

Like now.