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Why is it that the best arguments for atheism always come from the mouths of loudly professing Christians?
Virginia State Legislator Bob Marshall:
The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children.
In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest.
PZ Myers response:
I despise his imaginary, wrathful, poisonous, child-torturing god. This is what these kinds of Christians hold as just: that an omnipotent monster would wreak vengeance on children for a mother’s actions, and furthermore, that a handicapped child is a punishment for the parents. That’s simply twisted. A suffering child is loved no less by a sane parent, and our hearts are wrenched by the troubles of even our healthiest children. Think about what this dumb wretch has said to every child who is less than perfect in this world (which includes all of us, of course): we are his god’s instrument of torture for our parents. God is the psychopathic bastard who forces failings on us to make our mothers suffer a little more.
Melissa Harris-Lacewell (who spoke in Salt Lake last summer and was AMAZING):
Well, I‘ll tell you, what I‘d like to do is go chapter and verse with Bob Marshall. You know, a part of what I do, of course, is I‘m a seminary student. And I have an honorary doctorate in seminary studies. And I‘d like to talk to him about what the Bible says about dedicating one‘s first fruit.
And the fact that, you know, the notion of dedication often had to do with killing the first born and, in fact, Jesus who he points who was dedicated in the temple and who was, of course, also offered up as a blood sacrifice.
So he‘s got a little bit of theological explaining to do on the basic understanding of biblical text.