The Bible has thousands of passages that may serve as the basis for instruction and inspiration. Not all of them are appropriate in all circumstances.
The story of Saul and the Amalekites is a case in point. It’s not a pretty story, and it is often used by people who don’t intend to do pretty things. In the book of 1 Samuel (15:3), God said to Saul:
“Now go, attack the Amalekites, and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.”
Saul dutifully exterminated the women, the children, the babies and all of the men – but then he spared the king. He also saved some of the tastier looking calves and lambs. God was furious with him for his failure to finish the job.
The story of the Amalekites has been used to justify genocide throughout the ages. According to Pennsylvania State UniversityProfessor Philip Jenkins, a contributing editor for the American Conservative, the Puritans used this passage when they wanted to get rid of the Native American tribes. Catholics used it against Protestants, Protestants against Catholics. “In Rwanda in 1994, Hutu preachers invoked King Saul’s memory to justify the total slaughter of their Tutsi neighbors,” writes Jenkins in his 2011 book, Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent Verses (HarperCollins).
This fall, more than 100,000 American public school children, ranging in age from four to 12, are scheduled to receive instruction in the lessons of Saul and the Amalekites in the comfort of their own public school classrooms. The instruction, which features in the second week of a weekly “Bible study” course, will come from the Good News Club, an after-school program sponsored by a group called the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF). The aim of the CEF is to convert young children to a fundamentalist form of the Christian faith and recruit their peers to the club.
this is absolutely ridiculous, in a public fucking school… really?!
We have to make sure we are raising proper Genocidal Christians and all… I am certain more can be gained from learning how Saul was told to slaughter an entire town, but ended up going against this god character, and sparing the king and a couple of animals… There is a lesson in there somewhere I am almost certain of it (Sarcasm)
“Slut-shaming collapses the complexity of another person onto a single dimension. But even more so, given how slut-shaming is used to control and shame all women regardless of their sexual practices or desires, it conflicts directly with respecting them. If you say that you respect women, then you need to respect all women, no matter how many sexual partners she has, her relationship choices, or how she enjoys sex. Otherwise, you’re saying that that your respect is something that someone has to buy. I don’t think that that’s really respect at all.”—If You Don’t Respect Sluts, You Don’t Respect Women, Charlie Glickman (via theseasonofthewitch)
I feel like your anons are either radiobread, or some crazy obsessed followers. either way, hahahahahaha
It was the followers of radiobread… She/he told them to send me hate… because clearly I offended her… If I offended someone it must of struck a chord… Obviously there are people that think like that… because if they didn’t think like that they wouldn’t fucking care. I hardly care. I don’t really give a shit if someone doesn’t text me all fucking day. My life doesn’t hinge on the whether they talk to me or not… As much as I love talking to the people I do talk to, I know for a fact that I am not a priority in their life. If I were to think that, that would be very vain of me. Joke or not, the below is just a very stupid concept. The Joke in and of itself was stupid. I still maintain it wasn’t a joke, and that subconsciously who ever sent me those messages actually does that very thing, maybe out of stupidity, or maybe because they are a little bitch, and likes to play games. Me personally, if I want to talk to someone, I will hit them up, if they take a while to respond, then clearly they are doing something far more important than needing to talk to me. and I go about my unassuming day, and not really think much of it.
Nice essay on radiobreads text post about texting back. Get a sense of humour and pull the stick out of your fucking ass, clearly it was a joke
you… Oh you. youuu. Here is a picture of me in a face cut out of a chick in a dress. seriously I don’t care who this radiobread is. I saw a post that was incredibly stupid in my eyes. And I know for a fact there are people out there that think like that. In fact I see it all the time from some of the people I use to follow ‘Like omg this guy I like is online but hasn’t messaged me yet.’ ‘Like omg, I haven’t heard from this guy in like an hour’ ‘Like omg I texted this guy, and he must this or that’….
Fucking Grow up, act like an adult. And not a fucking 12 year old. I don’t give a fuck if it was a joke. I saw it as a 12 year old bitching about things that are ultimately trivial in the grander sense of the thing.
Let me clue you in on something life is finite, and you are wasting your time tell someone you hardly know to get a sense of humor, and I am wasting my time responding to this. Mostly out of sheer entertainment. because this is the most play I will have gotten all month, and that is me being seriously. The way I see it, is that it wasn’t a joke. It was a 13 year old little girl bitching about the fact that people’s lives doesn’t revolve around her.
You can keep telling me it was a joke. I will tell you I don’t see it that way… and either way, you lose, because it was a horrible joke.
You can tell her to go back to the drawing board and restructure the joke… Hey even I know when to admit one of my jokes is bombing. So maybe you should get the stick out of your ass??
“Because there are no easy remedies for social inequalities, many scientists and public intellectuals also believe that the great masses of humanity are best kept sedated by pious delusions. Many assert that, while they can get along just fine without an imaginary friend, most human beings will always need to believe in god. In my experience, people holding this opinion never seem to notice how condescending, unimaginative and pessimistic a view it is of the rest of humanity and of generations to come.”—Sam Harris, ‘The Moral Landscape’
Facebook lurking is so stupid. I had no idea one of my high school friends got married. AND THEY MADE A FUCKING WEDDING HIGHLIGHT VIDEO! What the fuck. I am a man, and therefore not allowed to say it was adorable…………. But she is my friend, and it was fucking adorable. I always thought I was such a hard ass. now my credibility continues to be questioned… I can’t seriously stare down another guy knowing what I know about myself… I like puppies, and Girls with red hair, and junk of that short. So I will not be getting myself into street fights anytime soon. Or maybe I need that, to feel like a man?
I am actually sad now… Because that is the most play I have gotten all week. haahah I actually find it funny people would take precious time out of their day to ‘try’ and correct me, for something so trivial… As for the ‘kill urself’ thing, I am so glad that I am a weak little bitch, that I couldn’t do that… Seriously the people who are so sure of their-selves, so sure that living is not for them anymore, they are brave in every sense of the word.
I will never claim to know why people kill their-selves. My aunt killed herself, when I was young; I had no idea why she did it, she drank a cap full of bleach. She had to know that she didn’t want to do it anymore. There are people who think that suicide is selfish, I really don’t. Sometimes there are no warnings, someone I know his son killed himself, and he gave no warning whatsoever, and I guess he was a successful, ‘happy’ kid…
People who off their-selves… At least they exit the world on their own terms. Good on them, because I have no clue how I will be going out.
I feel like I should mention this is in no way shape or form meant to be disrespectful to anyone who has lost someone to suicide. It is something that interests me, it is something that hits pretty close to my heart.
you imagine lots of things go on in there? hahaha you’re aware of my love for you, right? even though you say things like… well, like this?
hyahahahhahhahahahahhahahhaahah I am dead, and dying ahahah. ahahahah Omfucking Science ahhahahahaha. ahahahhaha ha I can’t ahahahahahahaahahahhahaha I think about vaginas a lot. I think about how pretty some of them looks. (Lets face it there are some ugly vaginas out there) The ‘Pyramid of sand’ comment instantly made me think of what happens when sand is subjected to vast amounts of pressure, or clams, Seriously I don’t know what the fuck I was thinking in that instance… Pearls and Vaginas and Seriously I don’t know why your comment made me laugh so bad. I am not going to even try and explain my thinking. But I think I am pretty well aware of your Love…
'Imagine lots of things go on in there' oh man hahahahahah Dead…. I did not even realize what I was saying.