Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments
I read. A lot. It’s not that I have no social life, its…. OK, it’s true! I have no social life. What’s the big deal anyway. Back to my point. I read a lot.
One of the rags I read is World Net Daily. It’s mainly a right wing conservative website. Although I consider myself more of a libertarian, I do find some if its articles and a few of its columnists (e.g. Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter) worth reading, regardless of whether I agree with them completely or not. They, particularly Ms. Coulter, are entertaining if nothing else.
In addition to the political component of the website, there are strong fundamentalist Christian overtones in much of the website content. Although I don’t particularly enjoy having someone else’s faith pushed in my face at every opportunity, I realize that there are some folks who are so inclined. In fact, I would venture a guess that most of WND’s readership consists of Christian fundamentalists. I guess that’s OK. After all, no one is forcing me to read it. I can always find another rag to read.
As you may have guessed from WND’s description as a “right-wing, fundamentalist Christian” publication, they are not big fans of President Obama. A recent article by columnist Ellis Washington even made Obama out to be a fascist.
While I have no debate with WND over this moniker for the Commander in Chief, I find it quite ironic that it is a columnist at a Christian fundamentalist publication who has bestowed this title. Out of curiosity, I went to the WND search engine and dropped the terms “Obama” and “fascist” in the query box, and several pages of articles popped up!
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If that’s not the pot calling the kettle black, I don’t know what is!
Perhaps the editors and columnists at WND should go back and read the Bible again before throwing the “fascist” bomb around. Even a casual reading of the Bible, which serves as the basis for fundamentalist Christianity, reveals that it is rooted in fascism. In fact, it would not be much of a stretch to say that Moses, the supposed author of the first five books of the Bible, is the Father of Fascism!
For starters, Moses lays out his plans for building and maintaining a patriarchal society in the Bible. Accordingly, a woman is considered the property of a man, and her value lies in her ability to provide valet services and to breed. As for breeding, women must be pure (i.e. virgins), so that the male does no have to deal with the possibility of cuckoldry. Women who are not "pure as the driven snow" bring shame to their families, defile their father and husband, and are thereby not worthy of life. Here are a few gems outlining Moses' chauvinistic and misogynistic view of women, with links to the actual Biblical passages for your reference.
Genesis 3:16 16 To the woman [God] said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."
Genesis 16:1-2 1 Abram's wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, "The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant.
Leviticus 21:9 9 If a priest's daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she disgraces her father; she must be burned in the fire.
Deuteronomy 21:10-13 10 When you go to war against your enemies and the LORD your God delivers them into your hands and you take captives, 11 if you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife. 12 Bring her into your home and have her shave her head, trim her nails 13 and put aside the clothes she was wearing when captured. After she has lived in your house and mourned her father and mother for a full month, then you may go to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife.
Deuteronomy 22:28-29 28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, 29 he shall pay the girl's father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.
Moses also condones slavery.
Exodus 21:20-2120 "If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished, 21 but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property.
Leviticus 25:44-46 44 " 'Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. 45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. 46 You can will them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life.
There is also the whole notion of nationalism and racial superiority inherent in the Mosaic laws. Apparently, we are to believe that God loves us all, but he just loves his “chosen people” more. He loves them so much, that He has apparently set aside land for them. All the “chosen” have to do to claim the land is to drive off its current inhabitants, enslave those who may prove useful, and kill those who resist. Not exactly my idea of peace and love, but to each his own.
Deuteronomy 14:1-2 1 You are the children of the LORD your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave the front of your heads for the dead, 2 for you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.
Deuteronomy 20:10-14 10 When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace. 11 If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you. 12 If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city. 13 When the LORD your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it. 14 As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the LORD your God gives you from your enemies.
Exodus 23:31-33 31 "I will establish your borders from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the desert to the River. I will hand over to you the people who live in the land and you will drive them out before you. 32 Do not make a covenant with them or with their gods. 33 Do not let them live in your land, or they will cause you to sin against me.
With these examples in mind, examples which are drawn from the texts upon which fundamentalist Christianity is rooted, the zealots at WND should be careful of just who they are calling fascists. But as the old saying goes, it apparently “takes one to know one”.