Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jesus is Lard!

I've heard Bryan Fischer say some crazy things in my days, but this time he's spilled some serious mental diarrhea... Bryan (a director for the American Family Association) had this to say on his radio show:
Do you want one single item of proof that America is a Christian nation? And not a Jewish nation? And not an Islamic nation? One single bit of proof is all you need. We freely allow restaurants and grocery stores to sell and to serve bacon. That can only happen in a Christian country. You can’t do that in Israel. I’ve been to Israel. You go into the hotel to eat dinner; you go into a restaurant… you can’t get bacon there! You’re not gonna get it! Because it is a Jewish country. You go to a Muslim country, you are not going to get pork; you’re not going to get bacon; you’re not going to get a ham sandwich anywhere. Why? Because it is a Muslim land. The sheer fact that we clearly allow the consumption of bacon is absolute proof that we are in fact a Christian nation.
Is he serious? This is satire, right... There is so much wrong here I'm not even sure where to begin. How about the fact that even most Jewish and Muslim countries don't actually outright ban pork products. Dropping into a Muslim market will find you looking at a pork case with signs reading "Non-Muslims only."

Then there's the fact that (even if the claims were true) allowing pork sales in the USA would not mean that the default would be Christian. If we suppose that the US needs to be based on some religion, that also leaves the possibility the the US is based on one of the majority of most other religions that do not ban pork. Then there's atheists, since we don't ban pork.

Or maybe it's simply the separation of church and state at work. With that separation in place, no religion would be allowed to ban something for an entire country, as the rule of law mustn't give way
Yes, this is real.
to religious commands.

But hey, if Bryan is hung up on Bacon, then it actually bodes well for the United Church of Bacon being the cornerstone of the American nation.

Ah, but then there's the biggest problem with all of this. Since Bryan loves his Bible so much, lets take a look at it.
And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.
-Leviticus 11:7-8
So if we are to play by Bryan's rules, the sale of bacon actually works against his claim. Just like Jews and Muslim's, Christians aren't supposed to eat bacon either (unless it's turkey bacon I suppose).
This is something that a lot of modern believers are good at. Just ignore the commands you don't like and follow the ones you do. In a way, the Jews and Muslims seem a bit more dedicated since they follow God's restrictions more closely.

Despite what Bryan claims, his one 'proof' actually fails at every angle. Perhaps he instead needs to sit down the BLT, confess his sins, and actually learn a little bit about what he is talking about for a change.

-Brain Hulk

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