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  1. says

    Mass murder, rape, slavery… yeah, sounds about right.

    @Sally
    Wow. That story is so bizarre, it sounds like something from the Onion.

  2. Dick the Damned says

    Q. What do ethical people consider to be the principal purposes of punishment?

    A. 1. Deterrence of the offender & others.
    2. Reformation or rehabilitation of the offender.
    3. Incapacitation of the offender where appropriate.
    4. To indicate societal disapproval of the offender’s actions.

    Q. What do unethical people consider to be the principal purposes of punishment?

    A. 1. Revenge, as in “an eye for an eye”.
    2. Taking pleasure from seeing the offender suffer.

    Q. How does this fit with the Christer’s concept of eternal punishment in Hell?

    A. 1. Deterrence isn’t applicable because the offender is never released.
    2. Reformation or rehabilitation isn’t applicable because the offender is never released.
    3. Incapacitation isn’t applicable because the offender is dead.
    4. Indication of societal disapproval isn’t applicable because the offender’s punishment isn’t witnessed.

    This leaves revenge & taking pleasure from seeing the offender suffer. Which ain’t exactly what one would expect from an omniscient, omnipotent, benevolent, & just supreme being. But just about what one would expect from a megalomaniacal, Bronze Age, war lord.

  3. Owlglass says

    Your in-house companion NonStampCollector also has a new sketch up, with a somewhat similar approach. He’s asking to like his new video on YouTube. Anyway, thought this might fit with the suggestions.

  4. Alverant says

    Hold on there! It was totally believable until he mentioned the printers. There were no printers in biblical times! This video was faked! It was probably two guys with a green screen and their friend off screen.

  5. DLC says

    but you see, all those children and babies who were put to the sword were especially blessed, because Gawd needed them to die.
    But, they’re all roasting in hell because they weren’t *saved* first.

  6. says

    Awe(swoon), God works in such deleterious ways.

    @3 Draw, straw, guffaw. Works every time! Oh well, fight fantasy with fantasy

  7. says

    Matt G

    The Bible really isn’t suitable for children, is it?

    Unless they are delusional psychotics. Hmmm. Sort of a chicken and egg thing going on here.

  8. theignored says

    Well, here’s another example of how the character of religion can poison things. From the “Wretched radio” youtube site, a young woman is saying that she’s glad that god did not cure her cancer.

    Of course, comments are disabled.

    I don’t know what to say to that.

  9. Sengkelat says

    Why is he wielding a Fijian war club, and what does this imply about where the chosen people are from?