14 Sins From The Bible That Bigots Conveniently Forgot About (VIDEO)

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This video, created by John Prager of Atlasleft.org shows just “14 Things The Bible Says Not To Do, But Hypocritical Bible-Thumpers Do Anyways.” In truth there are a lot more than 14 Biblical laws that right wingers ignore altogether, from charging usury to lying. Still, the video gives a good overview of the right wing’s brand of “You must follow my God’s law but I don’t have to” religion.

Bacon cheeseburgers are a sin.

According to the book of Leviticus, many foods are off limits to Christians, including cheeseburgers and bacon. The Old Testament forbids any foods that have fat or blood, and any food taken from an animal that does not both chew their cud and have split hooves (sorry pigs, this means you).

I’d like to give the Christian right a pass on this one, since according to the New Testament Jesus declared all foods clean. The reason I will not give them a pass on it has to do the fact that the New Testament also declared all sins equal, including ‘gayness’ and then clearly tells Christians not to judge anyone, because judging another person is the same as condemning yourself. Some fundamentalists try and claim that Romans chapter 1 and 2 addresses homosexuality, but that is clearly untrue if taken in context. If you are going to claim the authority of the New Testament over your own dietary preferences, you also have to claim it over other people’s sexual preferences.

Genetically modified foods and blended fabrics are also sins.

There are many places in the Old Testament where God strictly forbids mixing or cross breeding animals and plants, the science behind genetically modified plants and animals. Leviticus 19:19 also forbids the wearing of clothes made from two kinds of fabrics.

“Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woolen come upon thee.”

There is nothing in the New Testament that would void this law, unless you count all the places that it talks about the law no longer having power, or that part about how love is the fulfillment of the law. If you count that, then the right’s attitude of hate toward gays, atheists, immigrants and everyone else who isn’t a white Christian, seems to have already disqualified from them from their own religion, even if wear only 100 percent cotton, sustain from meat and eat only organic produce.

Tearing your clothes and uncovering your head are both sins.

Leviticus 10:6 says:

“…Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die…”

As far as the rule on head covering, the New Testament not only does not lift that rule, it reinforces it, at least for women.

1 Corinthians 11:5 says:

“But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head–it is the same as having her head shaved.”

So the next time you see Michele Bachmann praying for the TV cameras, keep in mind that she’s actually sinning TWICE. Once because she’s praying in public, something Jesus himself told Christians not to do (Mathew 6:5), and a second time because she’s a woman (we think) and is praying without covering her head.

Attending Church after having a baby is a sin.

Leviticus 12:2-5 lays out the specifics of a woman’s uncleanliness after giving birth. The waiting period for being in the midst of the congregation depends on the sex of baby. If it’s a boy she has to wait 33 days. If it’s a girl, it takes 66 days for her to be clean again. Again, nothing in the New Testament specifically voids this law. Apparently with right wingers, the thing that actually voids a law is whether or not you like it.

Making idols is forbidden.

The video uses Leviticus 19:4 to illustrate this.

“Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.”

Exodus 20:4 is a lot more thorough on what this means.

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.”

The Old Testament also repeatedly says not to make graven images, which literally were hieroglyphic paintings and drawings. This law could be interpreted to apply to pretty much anything, art, photographs, statues and sculptures, jewelry shaped like anything from cats to crosses. And no, the New Testament does not void this anywhere.

All fashion statements are sin.

All fashion statements are out, according to the Bible. That includes hair cutting, hair styling, beard shaving, tattoos, jewelry and expensive clothing. This is according to both testaments, the Old and the New. Leviticus 19:27 and 28. Also 1 Timothy 2:9 says:

“Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments.”

Mistreating foreigners is a sin.

The video uses Leviticus 19:33 to illustrate this:

“And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him.”

Ezek. 22:29 -31 illustrates how mistreating foreigners (along with the poor) invokes the wrath of God:

“The people of the land have practiced oppression and committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have oppressed the sojourner without justice… Thus I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their way I have brought upon their heads,” declares the Lord GOD.”

The New Testament makes it pretty clear that this law was not and is not void. Mathew chapter 5 verses 43 – 47:

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

So Jesus specifically told Christians that aren’t supposed to just be nice to other Christians, while being jerks to everyone else. Not that right wingers care what Jesus said, but it’s worth mentioning anyways.

By the way, publicans were the most despised group of people in Jesus times. They profited off the debts of the poor by charging usury and also were huge war profiteers. If you add the prefix ‘re’, meaning again, you get republican, or publicans again…

Marrying after a divorce is a sin.

According to the New Testament, (Mark 10:11) if you divorce and remarry, you are committing adultery. Yet how many right wing Christians are on their 3rd, 4th or 5th marriage?

It is a sin for a man to spill his seed on the ground.

As described in Genesis 38:9 and 10, it is a sin for a man to spill his seed on the ground. That means using a condom, pulling out or masturbating into a sock. Of course right wing Christian men would never, ever spill their seed on the ground.

According to Old Testament law, Christian communion is a sin.

For the same reason that I won’t give right wingers a pass on bacon cheeseburgers, I can’t give them one on communion either, even though Jesus specifically commanded it. The Old Testament forbids drinking wine in church (Leviticus 10:9). If you’re going to cherry pick Jesus commandments according to the ones you like and the ones you don’t, I don’t think you deserve a pass.

Here’s the video:14 Sins From The Bible That Bigots Conveniently Forget While Attacking LGBT People (VIDEO)

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