February 24, 2011

Absurdism illustrated

This story is splashed around the sphere, but for those who may visit this blog and not the others I felt it important enough to repeat.

Sully had a post yesterday with an embedded video depicting the vicious two on one assault and robbery of an openly gay man by a pair of homophobes. The video is of a news report and includes security camera footage of the beating.

That tattooed fellow right there at the end is a real piece of work… testimony to what the breeding of hatred with stupidity and hypocrisy can produce. Take a closer look...

The tat reads, “[Thou] shall not lie with a male as one does with a woman. It is an abomination. Leviticus 18:22.” Listening to the man make a selective reading of the Bible to justify brutal, criminal assault, and then proudly displaying his inked bicep can only be described as comical. This is especially true when considering what is written in the very next chapter of the same book:

"Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:28"

Hemant says it best

"Ah, suddenly it all becomes clear to me! He’s not an ignorant man clumsily using the Bible to support his prejudices! It’s a brilliant meta-joke, using delightful self-reference and blinding irony. Perhaps he’s gay himself and is using the tattoos to make a sharp-witted statement about the true meaning of morality, tolerance, and religion.

… judging by his TV interview, he hides his intellect well.

On a more serious note, I can’t think of a better way to illustrate the inconsistency involved when people cherry-pick passages of scripture.”

On a positive note the assailants were apprehended and will likely be plying their antisocial homophobia in a whole new arena in the very near future.



One Fly said...

I had not seen this. Crimes like this need jail terms of years.