It Might as well Just Say “I am a massive douchebag”

Apparantly this guy is so threatened by what goes on in other peoples’ bedrooms that he felt the need to permanently carve it into his skin:

anti gay tattoo

That’s the verse from the Bible that homophobes use to justify their hatred for a lifestyle that makes them feel uncomfortable:

Thou shall not lie with a male as one does with a woman.  It is an abomination.

Leviticus 18:22.

The Bible can be used to justify anything, and it’s such a mish-mash of rules and contradictory statements that people pretty much just pick and choose the parts that confirm what they already believe. Jesse Galef over at Friendly Atheist has pointed out what a beautiful example this tattoo is of cherry-picking the Bible:

Leviticus also forbids tattooing.  In the very next chapter.

“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″

How much do you wanna bet this guy’s never read the Bible?

6 Responses to “It Might as well Just Say “I am a massive douchebag””

  1. 1 sherav October 16, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Well whilst I do not agree with pushing a personal prejudice down somebody’s throat with a tattoo (it brings a bad association to the art) the bible interestingly does show a metaphoric statement about tattooing;

    Isaiah 44:5

    One will say, ‘I belong to the LORD’; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand, ‘The LORD’s,’ and will take the name Israel.

    This meant a permanent etching so must have meant tattooing.

    But all that aside if somebody does blast the bible at me to justify a personal pet hate I always refer them to:

    Romans 14:1-4

    ‘Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for G-d has accepted him. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.’

    Meaning it ain’t your place to judge what somebody else is doing.

    Nice blog though – gave me a lot to think about.

    Take Care

  2. 2 Paulo October 16, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    funnily enough, I have read the Bible, and so probably have most atheists.
    I read it out of interest. A scientific interest that you should not dismiss completely something that you have no knowledge about. I read it and I was struck at the difference between the Old testament and the New, as if a new God had been found, in this case Jesus!!
    At the end of the day all the bible is are collections of writings over 100 years that were chosen by a handful of priests in the 11th century. Those writings at that time were probably decent teachings given how people lived and behaved in those days. society and human species has come a long way since then, we should not be tied to a book whose main idea was to explain the absolute ignorance of those times and justify human existence.

  3. 3 Global Villager October 16, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    How much do you wanna bet that this guy has never even read a book?

  4. 4 kevinbbg October 19, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I hadn’t heard that one about tattooing, that is just great.

  5. 5 BibleCollegeStudent October 13, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Nice try with the tattooing scripture. This was found in Leviticus, which is a book in the Old Testament. This was part of the Old Covenant God made with Moses and the Israelites. The previous verse before the “no tattooing” verse- Leviticus 19:27 says that you shall not shave the ends of your beard. Is that to say that it is unacceptable to shave? No it does not. If someone now proclaims himself to be religious, he is under the New Covenant most likely. I believe that verses in the Bible about homosexuality relate both to the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. This is merely my opinion. Comments welcome.

  6. 6 Consumer Unit 5012 August 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    So, BibleCollegeStudent, I’m _sure_ the Unambiguous Guide To All Human Morality has a nice,simple way to tell which of its umpty-million laws are “Old Covenant” and which are “New Convenant”, RIGHT?

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