The Friendly Atheist is chock-full-o goodies for those with an open mind. If you have an open mind please check it out. If you are easily offended and believe that everyone should live, breathe and feel the same without the freedom to think outside the group mentality then you may want to shy away. This article in particular made me laugh out loud. I had no idea why muslims get upset when folks draw muhammad. I do now. So see, I learned something.
It is also striking in my mind as I read the comments attached to this article how one person opened my eyes to another fun “fact”. See if you can find this post among the comments.
“Can we draw the Christian God next? The second Commandment pretty clearly says that it’s a no-no to draw God or Jesus or the Devil. But I don’t think that it will get as much press since Christians have no problem ignoring their own Commandments.”
I did some further research only to find the commenter is quite right. Here is the second “commandment” just for the record :
You shall not make for yourself any graven image, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them [i.e., the graven images]; for I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” (Exodus 20:4-6, adapted from the NASV)
Just so there is no confusion, in Deuteronomy, the character Moses makes clear that god’s commandment was intended to forbid folks from making graven images of the xstian god himself:
So watch yourselves carefully, since you did not see any form on the day Yahweh spoke to you at Horeb [i.e., Mt. Sinai] from the midst of the fire; lest you act corruptly and make a graven image for yourselves in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the sky, the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water below the earth. (Deut. 4: 15-18, adapted from NASV)
So there, you get a bible “lesson” today from an Atheist. Cheers!