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Sunday, January 11, 2015

We're All Infidels Now

Not bad so far as memes go:

Betty Bowers is satiric, so the learned discussions about context and the "real" meaning of parables and scripture makes me giggle, especially when proof texting and cherry picking is the norm.

Anyway, though, the underlying point is spot on:

  • Surah 5 (The Feast): whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind.
  • Sanhedrin IV (Damages): he who destroys one soul of a human being, the Scripture considers him as if he should destroy a whole world, and him who saves one soul of Israel, the Scripture considers him as if he should save a whole world.

It never ceases to amaze me that so many practicioners of Abrahamic religions, with all their (good and bad) similarities, can't seem to get along.


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Part of the "cherry picking": Deuteronomy 6-10 refers to Israelites being led to worship "false gods" by other Israelites.

It doesn't say all who are not children of Abraham must be stoned. Of course, Dylan said everybody must get stoned, so clearly he wanted to kill everyone over 30. Or something.

Anyway, you don't need to discuss the fact Mosaic law applied only to the people of the covenant (i.e., the "children of Abraham") and not universally, to point out that first line is misleading. I daresay if I read to Quran I'd find the verses there are equally changed by context.

But, as you say, there's always some Muslim or Christian ready to proof-text the scriptures for their own purposes. What was that about "The Devil can cite scripture to his own purposes"? I think that's in the Bible, too.

Just sayin'.....

Posted by: Rmj | Jan 11, 2015 10:41:34 AM

The worst is quote mining Shakespeare and Franklin.

Posted by: NTodd | Jan 11, 2015 2:35:34 PM

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