Friday, November 26, 2004

Leviticus and the American Creed

It is easy for Europeans to think that Americans are just like them. Rarely do they travel into the red-state heartland and speak to the God-fearing dopes who live there. A friend of mine from Kentucky told me that just prior to the election the letters page of his daily newspaper was full of people quoting back and forth Leviticus (the third book of the Holy Bible) in support of George Bush's reelection. I doubt that many Europeans read Leviticus. They should. It reveals just how loony and pernicious Christianity is. Take a look, for instance, at Book 15. God is clearly nothing more than a repository of ignorant tribal folklore. Consider for instance God's teachings on ejaculation and menstruation:
And if any man's seed of copulation go out from him, then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even.
And every garment, and every skin, whereon is the seed of copulation, shall be washed with water, and be unclean until the even.
The woman also with whom man shall lie with seed of copulation, they shall both bathe themselves in water, and be unclean until the even.
And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even.
And every thing that she lieth upon in her separation shall be unclean: every thing also that she sitteth upon shall be unclean.
It is depressing to think that my fellow Americans consult this sort of nonsense for spiritual and political guidance.

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