The Turkish creationist sunk a whole lot of money sending an elaborate creationist book to thousands of biologists. I’m sure he felt he was doing us a favor in sending us the light, but most of the recipients were feeling something less pleasant — it’s like receiving a gilded dead rat in the mail. Now the conservative Christians are going to get in the act, and in a low-rent version of the game are going to send a few hundred thousand cheap bibles to newspaper subscribers.
A Christian ministry wants to deliver custom-designed New Testaments to newspaper subscribers around the country as part of an effort to find innovative ways to spread a Christian message. But even in the Bible Belt, not everyone thinks that’s a good idea.
It’s no surprise that blinkered Christians think that handing out their bad ol’ book is doing Good Works — that’s been one of their major wasted efforts for centuries — but it’s wonderful that people are actually complaining. What they don’t seem to appreciate is that getting a Bible is like getting an invitation to join a wacky cult — thanks for thinking of me, but I’m sorry, this is crazy stuff and I want no part of it. Oh, and I wish you would go away, as you’re an embarrassment to an enlightened community.
But of course the organizer of this campaign doesn’t get it.
“It’s disappointing that anyone would object to getting a Bible, which is the best read book in the whole world and has been for hundreds of years. They have the right to do with it what they want to,” he said. “Do they object to getting a bag of Quaker oatmeal or Tide detergent or an AOL disc?”
Why, yes, we do! I really dislike those mass mailings of plastic and pulp that I have to throw away, and that end up in a landfill somewhere. Which is exactly what will happen to their chintzy little testaments. And the reason it is the best read book for so long is because of clueless fanatical organizations like Send The Light that inundate regions with copies of the book and tell everyone they must read it or go to hell. It’s a cheesy way to jack up your rankings in the best-seller lists.
By the way, the group doing the deed is the International Bible Society-Send the Light, which is a British organization. I know America is a religiously primitive nation, it’s people prone to accept the most ludicrously foolish religious ideas, but could you Europeans please stop inflicting your cultural imperialism on us in this way? Stop sending Bibles, send more Eddie Izzard, please.