Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Overheard at Booth 3: Paul's School of Atheism

Guy Fox:  when some people get all up in my shit about Paul's letter to Timothy and they're all whiny about "Paul won't let women teach!  Paul won't let women teach!   burka burka burka!" I usually come back on them with this:

You gots to put it all into context.   Paul was speaking to a specific situation of the women of the day.   Look at it like this:

Say your name is Paul, and you are starting an atheist school.   Your job is to plant and start atheist schools, at least one in each state, before you die.   OK, you've just opened one in, say, Wyoming and then you get a call from your man Timothy from the school you started back in Alabama, and he says, 'yeah man everything's going great except for one little thing - all the men are on board with the project but the women keep telling the children about this Christ being the son of God and shit.'  What are you, Paul, then gonna say?  Let 'em keep on?   HELL NO!   You're gonna tell Timothy to fire those beeches and not let them anywhere NEAR the children.

That's what Paul was facing in this situation.   Did it mean women should stay shut up forever?  All time?  Nooooo . . . it was a specific instruction for a specific situation.

What's that?   Whoa, what's that?   Oh, now you tell me that Paul didn't even write the letter?   It was written by people centuries later?   Oh, you know what that tells me?   No, that doesn't tell me it was faked, that tells me you got so much time on your hands that you go researching the minute details of the origin of a book you don't even believe in, that's what that tells me.  

Let's break THAT down psychologically, Shakespearean-style "Methinks you doth protest too much."  Meaning, you secretly know it's true although you don't want it to be true but you keep going back to it because you just can't stay away.  

It's OK, Athy, we've all been there, trust me!

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