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August 12, 2018

Thank God for Dennis Prager

Filed under: Religion — Steve Ruis @ 11:09 am
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Since it is Sunday once again, I suppose a religion post is appropriate.

In a column entitled “Pope Francis Rewrites Catholicism and the Bible” the religious apologist Dennis Prager takes on all of the leftists in the Catholic Church, Judaism and, well, everywhere else. Here is an excerpt:

“Regarding the latter, the biblical commandment to put premeditated murderers to death is unique.

“First, it is fundamental to biblical morality. The injunction of putting murderers to death is the only law found in each one of the first five books of the Bible (the Torah).

“Second, all other sins involving the death penalty were only applicable to Jews (and for thousands of years, Jews regarded those death penalties not as literal but as pedagogic — to teach the seriousness of various offenses in an attempt to create a moral and holy nation).

But the Bible makes it clear capital punishment for murder is applicable to all of humanity. It is the first law God gives Noah after the flood, after commanding him to be fruitful and multiply. Putting murderers to death is therefore the first moral law God gives the world. Why this draconian penalty for murder? Because the penalty is a statement about the seriousness of a crime, and the God of the Bible deems the wrongful, deliberate taking of a human life the pinnacle of injustice. Allowing all murderers to keep their own lives diminishes the evil of murder and thereby cheapens the worth of the human being. In God’s words, “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image” (Genesis 9:6).

“It is precisely to preserve the unique worth of the human being that the Bible mandates putting murderers to death.”

As with all of the other freewheeling apologists, Prager deftly includes and excludes the Old Testament from his thoughts. First he states “all other sins involving the death penalty were only applicable to Jews” because, well as he states elsewhere, Jesus changed the covenant. He goes on without taking a breath to say “But the Bible makes it clear capital punishment for murder is applicable to all of humanity.” So, Mr. Prager apparently gets to decide which rules in the OT apply to us all (therefore including Christians) and which apply only to the Jews. In this manner he avoids the long, long (Long!) list of Biblical infractions of the rules that merit the death penalty. Got a teenage son who sasses his parents? Kill him! Got a bride who isn’t sufficiently virginish on her wedding night? Kill her! And, I can’t imagine the Jews getting stoned for these infractions last words were “Let this be a lesson to you all.” (“Jews regarded those death penalties not as literal but as pedagogic” … right, there was no vengeance or hatred or maliciousness or self-righteousness involved.) Oh, and old Yahweh did his thing selectively. Look up the story of David and Bathsheba and tell me that murderers get killed outright in the OT because it is “it is fundamental to biblical morality.”

He offers no support for the “kill the murderers” command applying to everyone on the planet, even Buddhists and Hindus, other than it got repeated a lot … in the OT … that only applies to Jews, except where Mr. Prager says otherwise.

He concludes (the first half of his article anyway, I didn’t have the stomach to keep reading) with the fantastical “It is precisely to preserve the unique worth of the human being that the Bible mandates putting murderers to death.” So, apparently, his god is not powerful enough to transform a murderer into a repentant good citizen. A murderer needs to be dealt with right away, even though everyone else gets a “you’ll get your comeuppance or reward when you die.” Mr. Prager seems have no faith that his god will take care of such miscreants when they die, since he claims it is necessary for us to do something now. (Expedited delivery for the real punishment?)

He also is saying that the Pope is no longer infallible when it comes to church policy. This is not surprising in that Mr. Prager was brought up an orthodox Jew, but what he claims as his religion now is unclear. The Pope is supposed infallible in such policies when it comes to Catholics, of course, so the Pope is re-interpreting the Bible dictates for them. Instead of the Kill, kill, kill! of the OT, he is basically saying “let god sort them out later.”

Mr. Prager cannot accept this as he is an uber-conservative, which I guess is his new religion.

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6 Comments »

  1. Isn’t it illegal in the US to call something a “University” if it’s, you know, not?

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    Comment by john zande — August 12, 2018 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

    • I think he gets a religious freedom legal discount or something. I think what he does contradicts the meaning of university so it is quite ironic.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 12, 2018 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

      • Exactly my point. And it’s really harmful. Of all things, I had my mother send me an email a few years ago with a climate change denying video from Praga *University,* saying “Wow John, you should look at this, it’s not humans.”

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        Comment by john zande — August 13, 2018 @ 4:38 am | Reply

        • Yeah, lies get around the world before truth gets out of bed in the morning.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — August 13, 2018 @ 7:54 am | Reply

  2. I do not give a flying **** what this Herr Prager says, I personally am against the death penalty. Yes, I have been in combat and am guilty of killing other people. War being mass murder, I suppose I am a murderer then. Well, I have and will continue to live with this fact.
    I am uncertain what would be an appropriate punishment for child molesters though. I think life without parole is better than the death penalty. True, it may cost us all a lot of money to keep a 19 year old in prison until he/she dies of old age at 93, but, the person will be behind bars for life and wake up every day knowing where they are and why.
    I’d rather be dead, so I view a life without parole a worse deal than a death sentence.
    Yes, the holly buy-bull does have a very long list of sins (sin/repentance…..debt/repayment. sounds more like banking). I also get a kick with this 10 commandments crapola. I read that book cover to cover once, long ago to be honest, but, there are over 600 commandments in it. Why just harp on ten of them? Oh, because some of the commandments are down right damn silly? Give me Monty Python over religion any time.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — August 13, 2018 @ 5:19 pm | Reply

    • Actually I believe life in prison is cheaper than going through all of the folderol needed to execute someone.

      As is almost always the case, we see eye to eye. I am against the death penalty, if for no other reason that our error rate is way to high. We convict innocent people and let criminals go far too often.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 13, 2018 @ 8:49 pm | Reply


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