Taking Back America!
First enjoy Dan Savage talking passionately with a group of High School Students, paid for of course by the Department of Education, as a part of their anti bullying campaign labeled, "It Gets Better."
Having been a member in good standing of the political left very early on in my life, I know pretty much all of the asinine mantras that we are likely to hear. violence never solved anything and war is never the answer are among my favorites. Upon growing up, and actually learning a little something about economics, history, and consequences, I gave up being a leftist, (or being wrong about everything,) just prior to graduating from college. The problem with the phrase violence never solved anything is that in the real world, it is just not true. In fact, violence often is the only thing which can solve some problems. Wringing our hands and crying about bullying will only serve to embolden the bullies, most especially since they get a rise in their good feelings by inflicting fear upon their victims. So, when they see a national whine fest like the one in the video, their reaction is not going to be, "golly, I did not know I was causing so much angst amongst my fellow human beings. Maybe I should rethink my life." The reaction is more likely to be, "hey, I got a lot of people to be afraid of me. I really am somebody." The answer for people who seek validation in bullying others is to not allow them to find that validation.
Imagine if the Department of Education spent the money wasted on Dan Savage's approach to purchase karate lessons for every child in America identified as a potential target instead. Standing up to bullies is what stops bullying. This is something which was understood by people who existed prior to the 1970's. It is also a valuable lesson for children to learn, as adults are also capable of bullying. The only difference is that adults bully in different manners, but the methodology for stopping it is the same. Standing up to the bullies, and giving them a dose of their own medicine rather than validation is what will put an end to it. As Dennis Miller once asked, "do we really want to send our children into the world completely unprepared for the shit storm that is adult life?"
For Mr. Savage I have this to say, what Bible are you reading? In my Bible, the Old Testament, the whole slavery issue was addressed with the parting of the Red Sea and Moses leading the children of Israel away from the slave masters of Egypt. The removal of the tyranny of bondage is kind of the whole point behind the Jewish Holiday know as Passover. In case you have missed its airing every single year since the mid 50's, go and rent, "The Ten Commandments," some time. It was a movie directed by Cecile B. DeMille, and is generally regarded as the way an epic movie should be made. Personally, I found the performances of Yul Brynner and Charleton Heston to be over the top, but then that really seems to be just up your alley anyhow.
I have also not read anything about stoning girls for losing their virginity any where in any version of the Bible that I have ever seen. Don't Murder, (including stoning people to death,) don't steal, don't bear false witness, those concepts are all in there however. Putting aside the religious and anti religious arguments, I am sorry that you personally never learned to stand up to the bullies who tormented you during your formative years. While you obviously never learned the lesson of standing up to them in order to stave off their vicious attacks, you also subconsciously learned to utilize this for your own personal validation. Here is my case in point, a video of Dan Savage bragging about his attempts to bully Rick Santorum. The video also highlights other leftists telling us that they feel as though capitulation and appeasement are the preferred methods for dealing with bullies.
Now that these videos of you have gone viral, enjoy your upcoming vacation spot, otherwise known as under Barack Obama's bus. say hello to the many folks already there.
"If any man takes a wife and goes in to her and then turns against her, 14 and charges her with shameful deeds and publicly defames her, and says, ‘I took this woman, but when I came near her, I did not find her a virgin,’ 15 then the girl’s father and her mother shall take and bring out the evidence of the girl’s virginity to the elders of the city at the gate. 16 "And the girl’s father shall say to the elders, ‘I gave my daughter to this man for a wife, but he turned against her; 17 and behold, he has charged her with shameful deeds, saying, "I did not find your daughter a virgin." But this is the evidence of my daughter’s virginity.’ And they shall spread the garment before the elders of the city. 18 "So the elders of that city shall take the man and chastise him, 19 and they shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give it to the girl’s father, because he publicly defamed a virgin of Israel. And she shall remain his wife; he cannot divorce her all his days. 20 "But if this charge is true, that the girl was not found a virgin, 21 then they shall bring out the girl to the doorway of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death because she has committed an act of folly in Israel, by playing the harlot in her father’s house; thus you shall purge the evil from among you,"
Bill, thank you for your response, but I believe that you should know that this is one of the many places where the Christians had some difficulty in their interpretation of Hebrew. This particular passage refers to evidence of prior marriage, and not simply a sex act. If a woman is married, and then marries another man, that in fact becomes adultery, and that is what Devarim 22 is all about. If a man accuses his wife of not being a virgin, in this instance, since in Hebrew virgin and married is actually represented by the same word, he has to prove not only that she had previously engaged in a sexual act, but that she participated in the full marriage ceremony, including vows.
God knows that we are all likely to have sex, it is the destruction of family that he is really mad about in this particular case.
John, I certainly would not claim myself to be a biblical scholar, and if I misinterpreted the passage, then I am certainly in the wrong. I would think that the vast majority of people in America certainly would not know that this interpretation is wrong, if it is indeed so. I think you make a very valid point in saying that there are several misinterpretations in the translation of hebrew to English. I may have misjudged what it is that you were trying to get across in this post. I just have to tell you that my political stances on things are probably much different than most on this site. I am a fiscal conservative and a social progressive, I am not 100% sure where this puts me, but the closest I get is New Whig, which is certainly not represented in the national political discourse. I just think that it is quite disingenuous to blame either side for bullying, when in truth, both sides conduct themselves in an abhorrent manner, each trying to out yell the others. Every time I look to the right and see Mark Levin's face I am reminded how small minded the far right is, and every time I see a teacher retire with a six figure pension plan, I think how ludicrous our governmental system has become. I am not confident in our ability to come together to fix this, as it will take compromise and governing instead of bipartisan hackishness. Every time I see someone who comes to government with "principles" and not willing to work with both sides to get problems solved, drives me deeper into my sense of doom for my children. I am not asking us to come together and sing kumbayah, but just to understand that guess what, there are all sorts of people who live in this great country of ours, and we have to accommodate that.