Friday, November 04, 2005

people of the book

Guardian: Christian group may seek ban on Qur'an: "[The] director [of Christian Voice], Stephen Green, said the organisation would consider taking out prosecutions against shops selling the Islamic holy book. He told the Guardian: 'If the Qur'an is not hate speech, I don't know what is. We will report staff who sell it. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that unbelievers must be killed.'"


Yes it does. Exodus 18:22, "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." Leviticus 20:13 "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death" and numerous other examples. Okay so it's not advocating killing unbelievers, but it is advocating killing gays and witches, which is just as bad. And there were numerous occasions in the Old Testament where people were killed for being pagans. Hey, does that mean that we can get the Bible banned for inciting religious hatred? Now that would be amusing.

3 comments:

The Silver Eel said...

I can attest in all sincerity that one of the most frightening places I've ever been in recently is a Christian bookshop.

Yvonne said...

I know exactly what you mean - I went in one by accident once (a Wesley Owen - they look like a normal bookshop from the outside) and I was most disconcerted to find myself surrounded by that sort of book.

Joe said...

To say nothing of the hypocrisy of the Bible; "Thou Shalt Not Kill" is part of the Ten Commandments, surely one of the Truly Big Events of the Bible. A rule broken not only in practise by Christians (just look at all those God-fearin' Christians in Texas who bay for blood and the death sentence) but in the very text they are supposed to use as their guide to life... No wonder they are screwed up...

Then again if you decide to live your life according to a 'book' which is actually a hotpotch of various texts cobbled together then edited and altered over the centuries, what can be expected? As the whisky guzzling Irish vampire Cass puts it in Preacher, 'if you crash in the jungle and find a copy of Tarzan, would you decide you now had to live your life by talking to the apes and swinging through the trees?'

Perhaps if these people actually read more books (and not just the ones in their scary little enclaves of shops)they would be more open, but alas they are too busy trying to denounce them. If it were 100 years ago they would probably want them burned...