Sunday, December 21, 2008

Cenk Uygur Skewers Ultraconservative Religious Hypocrisy

Huffington Post contributor Cenk Uygur destroys the hypocrisy of the religious right in this hilarious - and well-reasoned - column, which makes a lot of sense. People who take the Bible literally are certainly guilty of selective reading in what they choose to rail against. Uygur takes it to extreme, suggesting that he doesn't want to hear another word about gay marriage until the first adulterer is executed:

The religious right picks and chooses which parts of the Bible they want to apply. And they choose based on which outsider group they would like to hate next. First, they emphasized slavery in the Bible when they wanted to hate black people. Now, they emphasize the parts condemning homosexuality so they can hate gay people.

They are completely and utterly disingenuous. They don't mean a word of it. They don't give a damn what the Bible says. They just want to use it as an instrument of hate.

The Bible says eating shellfish is an abomination. Yet there are no Red Lobster Amendments. The Bible says you shall not wear two different types of cloths at the same time. Yet there are no Propositions against cotton and wool combos.

The Bible says you should leave your family and join Jesus Christ. The religious right pretends that Jesus was about family values. He wanted you to abandon your family. Read the Bible.

The religious right pretends that the Bible says marriage is between one man and one woman. But that is a bald faced lie. Have any of these people ever read the Bible? The Bible is full of men taking on second wives, servants, prostitutes and concubines. And all the while, God heartily approves. How many wives did King David have? Eight? Twelve?

Read the whole column at the Huffington Post.

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