Should we ban the book of Revelation?

I’ve been thinking about Terry Ratzman (among others) lately, and I’ve noticed something odd: when violence occurs with a loose connection to violent video games or music the noise for condemnation is swift and harsh, but when something happens with links to the book of revelation (it seems to be the favorite book of crazy people) no one speaks of banning christianity or putting warning stickers on that damnable book.

Why do you think that is?

9 thoughts on “Should we ban the book of Revelation?

  1. Why stop at Revelation- there should be an MPAA rating slapped on the whole danged bible. WARNING – contains violence, gore, nudity, adult situations, language, sexual content, homocide, genocide. Children under 17 must have adult supervision, you know, like a priest.

  2. A nice irony test would be to write a book that contained as much homophobia, racism, chauvinism, and downright cruelty both physical and mental, as the Bible. Then see how long it takes for people to demand it’s censorship of outright banning.

    I don’t think it’s so much the subjects written about in the bible, such as Israels ethnic cleansing or genocide in the middle east, but rather how it condones and even justifies such actions.

    That’s my only personal issue with ‘that book’, is the way it justifies and even encourages such behaviour, with the ‘god told me to do it’ tagline.

  3. I think crazy people would find violence in/justify violence with My Little Pony if they wanted to.
    Serial killer who puts a flower on his victim’s asses?

  4. Speaking of My Little Pony, maybe some of you haven’t read this movie review:

    Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first woman she meets and then teams up with three complete strangers to kill again.
    Marin County newspaper’s TV listing for “The Wizard of Oz”

  5. Ding, dong, the witch is dead!
    Which old witch?
    The wicked witch!
    Ding dong the wicked witch is dead!

    And then, she STEALS HER SHOES!

    Hmm…maybe it’s time for a new gravatar…

  6. Tonight’s listing: The Wizard of Oz, 1939.  A young girl lost is lost in a surreal landscape, kills the first stranger she meets, loots the body, then joins a gang of three other strangers and kills again, looting the second victim’s body.  Rated R for violence, hallucinatory story line, drug use.

    How about this: a nomad deceives head of state into believing his wife is his sister so they will sleep together, then watches as mysterious terroristic entity rains misery on the deceived leader.  Nomad is then a hero for some reason.  Rating on that story depends on what ends up on editing room floor.

  7. DoF- LOL
    It’s true, the OT is full of vindictiveness and absurdity.  But hey, it has played its part in getting us where we are now, for good and ill.

    Now that we’ve bitten the apple of the Enlightenment, however, there’s no excuse for hanging onto the hem of Papa Jehovah’s tunic anymore.  Grownups honor the fairytales that informed and inspired them, and then put them down, and chart the seas of their lives themselves.

  8. Zilch – very well said!

    Alex – it was Abraham who pimped his wife, Sarah (under the deception that his babe-ilicious better half was really his sister) to Pharoah, and then he did it again to king Abimelech of Gerar.  I can scarcely imagine a better illustration of the Judeo-Christian tradition that women are property.

    In the first instance, God mounted several terrorist attacks against Egypt for the return of Sarah (and hey, he’s God so that’s some serious terrorism.)  But he was apparently less angry with Abimelech for boinkin’ Abraham’s property, because he just dropped in on Abimelech’s dreams to warn him (“Hey, this one’s off-limits”)

    No wonder ancient Jews needed a specific Levitical prohibition against having sex with animals – they regarded women as just a notch above livestock. The destinction would seem obvious to anyone else.

    As a side note (that bears on the credibility of the tradition) there is some confusion as to Sarah’s age.  According to the scripture she was in her sixties, but was so attractive as to be scooped up by two monarchs.  The attractiveness of a sixty-year-old desert nomad woman is explained by the fact that people lived for hundreds of years in those days, don’t you know.  So she really wasn’t that old.  (Metheuslah lived 900 years, for example)

    Why don’t we live as long?  My guess would be french fries.  But damn, they’re so tasty…

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