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Friday, December 20, 2013

Why 'It's in the Bible' is a shitty argument for hate

“Well, what Phil was saying in — he was reciting a part of the Gospel. The liberal left must feel that the Gospel, then, is insulting and offensive because Phil was just repeating what is in the Bible.”
Sarah Palin, defending Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson’s homophobia by pretending that everything in the Bible fits within mainstream thought.
But, of course, that’s not true.

Deuteronomy 13:13-16 tells you to kill everyone in a town that worships a false god, then to pile up all their stuff and light it on fire. Does that mean that Sarah Palin believes we should nuke Tibet?

By this logic, it’s totally inoffensive to demand that rape victims be put to death. It would also be silly for anyone to get bent out of shape when you kill someone for using Tarot cards.And who could possibly object to selling your daughters into slavery? It says right there in the Bible it’s OK! Why do you hate God?

There are a lot of things in the Bible which not only run counter to mainstream values, but actual law. We don’t believe this stuff anymore; we’ve moved on. We’ll keep moving on.

"It says so in the Bible" is no argument. It’s only a weak excuse.

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