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Sunday, February 05, 2006 

God ©

Due to the genocidal rage coming out of Islamic countries these past few weeks over a series of cartoons, i've been pondering the hypocrisy of this whole "graven image" rule. The vast majority of Christians, from my experience at least, should just forfit their mystical afterlives over to the devil right now, seeing as how graven imagery is needed in order to keep them focused. (The Passion of the Christ, public displays of the Ten Commandments, etc). Anyway, here is some scriptural mumbo jumbo:

Christianity: Exodus 20: 3,4,5 - "Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me..."

Islamic law: forbids any graven images of it's Prophet(s) or god. There is also this bit from the Islamic Decalogues - "The charge to avoid dancing, song, playing music, and seeing shows." Miserable bastards.

Now, if we are to take religious scripture literally, as fundamentalists most often do, how is it possible for any piece of art to be made which describes, or shows, a living organism on this planet? (that is, without violating some sacred rule) All things are created by a god in both of these religions. Christianithy asserts that man is made in it's gods' image and the rest of the stuff just poofed into existence too. Islam doesn't put the "in Allah's image" line in it's text but it's god is claiming responsibility for life on this planet as well. So, if extremists are to follow their religion as ardently as they proclaim, it wouldn't be a quantum leap to assume that the only artistic depictions allowed would be of something, if anything at all, artificial. All things, to the theist, are contingent on God, so, life would be part of god's kingdom on Earth as said in the Bible. Now, i'm reaching a bit here but if one wanted to be a real nuisance to a Christian, or Muslim, this would be a way.

Atheologically, this makes theists - specifically the sort whom adhere to the nonsense mentioned above - look even more foolish; chasing their tails on some demented Möbius strip of indignation whenever one of these graven images pops up. My advice to these crackpots? Put down the flaming Allah swords, holster the Jesus cannons, and have a Coke and a smile.

[swear]Insert ubiquitous post-ending expletive here.[/swear]

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