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"I believe it's a lot easier to change the constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god, and that's what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards,"

Seriously? "The word of the living god"? Really? Wow. Well, let's get on that. First things first, God said we could have slaves, so let's overturn the Emancipation Proclamation because it's against "God's Standards." We don't want to change his standards! Cause they're old!

Any reasonable Christian should be outraged by this. Christians have been amending "God's standards" since we first found the gospels. If you're going to live in a society, you kinda have to. And every time our culture decides something isn't relevant anymore or is just appalling (being stoned for adultery, for example), they do one of a couple of things. Being raised Methodist, we just kinda chalked it up to "It was a different time back then." Other people may rationalize it away by arguing the true meaning of the passage, while some people just ignore the part of the Bible that they don't like.

No one (and by no one I mean no one with half a brain) actually thinks we should adhere to every word literally. A whole lot of people claim to, but they use one of the techniques mentioned above for passages that they don't personally agree with. I fear our friend Fuckabee doesn't even do that.

At least, shortly following this speech, he came in 3rd place in the Michigan primaries.


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Jan. 16th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Jan. 16th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
Huckabee was the one that frightened me when all of this started. Granted, now that he's gonna all crazy-god-guy, I think he's fucked in the general, but still. Insane.
Jan. 16th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
He plays bass. He can't be all bad.
Jan. 16th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Hey, I play bass. So, that kinda deflates your argument right there :-P
Jan. 16th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
Why, you'd make a fine president. Better than the current one, even.
Jan. 17th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Mr. Bean would make a better president than the current one.
Jan. 17th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
Oh, is he running? I must have missed that.
Jan. 16th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
Correction: He "plays" bass.
Jan. 16th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
I expect Huckabee to fade fast. I don't think his fundamentalist message is going to go over well outside the midwest and south. People are getting tired of bible thumping.

I read a book years ago that you would like, The Flight of Peter Fromm, by Martin Gardner. I don't know if you know Gardner. He wrote a fun column in Scientific American about mathematical games and tricks. He liked to expose the logical weaknesses of paranormal phenomena and those who believe in them. He was not pro-atheist but was generally against religion. Peter Fromm is a theology student who loses his faith. There's a lot of discussion of biblical contradictions and things like that. It's a very clever book that I think would be right up your alley.
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