ISIS and Jehovah

Posted: May 28, 2015 in Christianity, Evangelicals, Islam, Religion
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The Christian right has been in a lather against ISIS because of its religiously inspired mass murder, rape, and sexual enslavement. Their anger is totally justified. Any decent person would be enraged by ISIS’s horrendous acts.

But there’s more than a bit of hypocrisy  in the Christian right’s denunciations of ISIS. Remember the Midianites and Canaanites? The Christian right’s holy book and its revered God, Jehovah, commanded the “chosen people” to engage in mass murder, rape, and sexual enslavement of both the Midianites and the Canaanites. And the chosen people apparently did it.

Consider these two passages from the Bible (KJV) regarding the Midianites and Canaanites:

Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with hims. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves. (Numbers 31:17-18)

And

And when the Lord thy God hath delievered it unto thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword, but the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, even the spoil thereof, shalt thou take unto thyself and thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which the Lord thy God hath given thee. (Deuteronomy 20:13-14)

What are we to make of this? If the Bible is truly the inerrant word of God, and believers must obey God’s commands, it means that there’s nothing wrong with mass murder, rape, and sexual enslavement–as long as God commands it.

The Christian right, and all fundamentalists, should own up to this: they see nothing wrong with mass murder, rape, and sexual enslavement–as long as the right people obeying the right God do it.

The point is that Islam is not the problem. Religion is the problem.

 

 

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