Chapter Nine

GOD IS A TERRORIST


Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. - Adolph Hitler


It is no secret that many of humanity's greatest atrocities have been committed in the name of God. Between the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Salem witch trials, the burning of heretics, the stoning of adulterers, and a number of other assorted jihads and holy wars, humans have been killing each other in God's name since the beginning of recorded history.

How is this possible? Why would some of God's children and faithful followers think it would be pleasing to God if they kill his other sons and daughters?

Maybe they are just following his example?

The Bible is full of killings, both ordered by God and committed by God. Some of the more famous incidents perpetrated or ordered by God include the drowning of nearly the entire population of the earth (Genesis 6) and the slaughter of all the residents of Canann (Joshua 6). Possibly the most shocking of these many incidents (and there are many) was the terrorist slaughter of all of Egypt's first born sons. I would guess that most readers of this book are familiar with the story, although they may have never analyzed it critically.

In the days of Moses, the Jews were kept as slaves by the Egyptians, and neither they nor God were a bit happy about it. God sent Aaron to ask the Pharaoh to free their slaves, but this token attempt at diplomacy was doomed to fail before it even began. As God said in Exodus 7:3-4:

And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.

After a series of terrible plagues, the Pharaoh still refused to release his slaves, and with good reason (his heart had been hardened by God, after all, and God apparently does not fuck around when it comes to heart-hardening).

So what did the all mighty, all loving, all merciful God of the Bible do next? Take his beef up with the Pharaoh? Slaughter the slave masters? No, not even close. He killed the first born son of every single household in Egypt! Don’t believe me? Look it up in Exodus 12:29-30 for yourself:

And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

So not only was the Pharaoh’s innocent son killed, the first born son of the Pharaoh’s prisoners, and every other first born boy and cattle, were summarily put to death.

WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University, defines “terrorism” as “the calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear.”

Thus, if the Bible is to be believed, the God of the Old Testament masterminded and orchestrated the worst act of terrorism this earth has ever seen. This targeted slaughtering of the first born male of every Egyptian home, perpetrated by none other than God Himself, makes 9-11-01, the 2005 London train bombings, and Tim McVeigh’s Oklahoma City explosion look like Brownie meetings. Yet “modern” people still worship this deity.

Might the King James Bible be the next book banned in the United States under the Patriot Act, as a handbook for training new terrorists? I urge everyone reading these words to get on the phone to your congressman without delay, and demand the Christian Bible be removed from store shelves everywhere. The world is dangerous enough, without this type of hate literature further warping the minds of our youth.


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