The Uncredible Hallq has been doing one of those newfangled Twitter things where he tweets Bible verses, sometimes with commentary or paraphrasing. He posted the most recent collection on his blog, and wow, that’s some horrible stuff in there.
A lot in there about making people eat their own children, a fate I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Also a lot of talking about Israel as a female prostitute sleeping around with dirty foreigners and worshiping their gods. Of course, knowing the Bible and how modern day fundies speak, that could mean anything from actual intermarriage and conversions to merely tolerating their existence to only killing them on occasion. The misogyny seems quite a bit thicker than usual for the Bible, as expected for such a metaphor being dragged out.
One factor that makes it pretty bad is that it seems to be going for the idea of collective sin, again. Even if we pretend that marrying foreigners or worshiping different gods is evil, it’s a condemnation of the nation as a whole for the actions of some people in it. From the quoted passages, I don’t even know what the proportion of the population was. I’d expect such rhetoric from a fundie if it was just a handful of individuals. Where’s the justice in punishing the innocent along with the “guilty”?
One passage that sticks out to me:
Jeremiah 48:10 “Cursed is he who does the work of the LORD with slackness; and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed.”
The first half is pretty bad, but the second, just wow. Bloodlust is a virtue and mercy is a sin. Throw in this passage:
Ezek 13:10 “They lead my people astray saying “Peace” when there is no peace, and when a flimsy wall is built they cover it with whitewash.”
The vibe kind of feeds into the mental image I have of people being condemned as the “whore” for merely tolerating the existence of foreigners. Of course, we’re jumping around books, and I haven’t looked up the context, so I’m willing to correct myself if I’m guessing incorrectly. It won’t surprise me if it’s even worse in context.
What really gets me is this feeds one fundie archetype I perceive: Some seem to think of these Biblical times as desirable, where sectarian religions warred with one another, shedding blood over the tiniest things. When the consequences of being warlike, like having hostile neighbors, come back to bite them, they blame the misfortune on not being warlike enough. Barbarians live among us.