Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Here’s another one of those classic Worldnutdaily headlines:

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Yes, it’s an “exclusive,” which as always means it’s something so breathtakingly idiotic that no other “news outlet” would even consider publishing it.

The book of Deuteronomy will save America? Which parts, one wonders, should we put into practice in order to save America. Perhaps Chapter 13, which commands the murder of anyone who dares to suggest that your religion is false and theirs is true:

13:6 If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers;
13:7 Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth;
13:8 Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him:
13:9 But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.
13:10 And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

Or perhaps chapter 22, which commands the murder of any woman who is not a virgin on her wedding day:

22:13 If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her,
22:14 And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid:
22:15 Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel’s virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate:
22:16 And the damsel’s father shall say unto the elders, I gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hateth her;
22:17 And, lo, he hath given occasions of speech against her, saying, I found not thy daughter a maid; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter’s virginity. And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city.
22:18 And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him;
22:19 And they shall amerce him in an hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.
22:20 But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:
22:21 Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

Or perhaps a new rule for the military that says if they see a beautiful woman in Iraq or Afghanistan and want to have sex with her, they can bring her home, shave her head and make her their wife, as decreed in chapter 21:

21:10 When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive,
21:11 And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife;
21:12 Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house, and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;
21:13 And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife.

But hey, the next verse does say that if you don’t like her, you can make kick her out but you can’t sell her. By all means, let’s “save America” by implementing the barbaric rules found in the book of Deuteronomy.

Comments

  1. #1 Inquisitive Raven
    April 28, 2009

    Satcomguy: When I asked a similar question at the JREF forums, I got pointed at this thread. However, even without that, I would have gone poking around the section of Prometheus Books on Biblical criticism. Of course, one of the reasons I asked at JREF was that I didn’t want to rely entirely on Prometheus Books.