How Does One Commit Violence Against God?

Rev. William Cook, the founder of the Black Robe Regiment of Virgina, which describes itself as a “clergy-led army of Christian patriots,” has a furious column at BarbWire about how the church is failing to uphold its duty to control the country and stand up against evil. Along the way, he decides to address abortion and homosexuality:

A word about abortion and homosexuality

God created the first government in Adam, “male and female created He them.” (Genesis 1:26) Adam’s was an administration of the Imago Dei, and God prescribed profligate procreation as the principle means of extending the glorious liberty of his governance throughout the earth. By sanctioning abortion, and more recently, sodomy, America has done violence to the Imago Dei and itself. Nation’s that rebel against the Divine prescription for supremacy over the “elemental principles of the world,” (Gal. 4:3) inevitably come to be ruled by them. America was given a choice between liberty and death. America chose death, and shall have tyranny.

But some will say, “I have not had an abortion. I am not homosexual. I believe abortion and sodomy are wrong. I can’t impose my beliefs on others, can I?” Silence is tacit approval. Therefore, “silence in the face of evil is evil,” as is withholding a single “jot or tittle” of God’s counsel, or anything that would benefit to God’s people. (Acts 20:20, 27) Rather than equivocate, perhaps we should obey God and “deliver the society that is marching toward oblivion of its own accord, and blindly staggering to slaughter.” (Proverbs 24:11 paraphrased)

The country has “done violence” to God. One wonders how that could even be possible. This is classic religio-babble, putting words together that make no sense at all but sound profound to one’s ignorant followers.

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  • Reginald Selkirk

    Nation’s that rebel

    A “greengrocer’s apostrophe”. He’s done violence to the English language.

  • d.c.wilson

    Once again, there’s that weird definition of liberty that fundajelicals use.

    Liberty (n):

    1. “Do what I say!”

    Someday, I hope to find out what dictionary they use.

  • Ray Ingles

    Well, technically, we’ve “done violence to the Imago Dei”, the image of God that humans bear within themselves – not God Itself.

    What exactly the “image of God” means is vague enough to make Cook’s statement invulnerable to disproof, naturally. Christian theology comes from the people who gave us the term “byzantine”, after all.

  • Chiroptera

    The country has “done violence” to God. One wonders how that could even be possible.

    Matthew chapter 25: “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

    So when a medical professional terminates a woman’s unwanted pregnancy so that she can continue to live a fullfilling and satisfying life, that professional is helping god live a fullfilling and satisfying life. When two people of the same same sex are in a relationship where they bring satisfaction to each other and help each other meet their emotional needs, they are also meeting god’s emotional needs….

    Oh dear, that didn’t go like I planned!

  • ArtK

    It constantly amazes me how their god can be at once all-powerful while at the same time incompetent and unable to stand up for himself.

  • dingojack

    Ray Ingles – “Christian theology comes from the people who gave us the term “byzantine”, after all.”


    FoAW –

    “The first use of the term “Byzantine” to label the later years of the Roman Empire was in 1557, when the German historian Hieronymus Wolf published his work Corpus Historiæ Byzantinæ, a collection of historical sources. The term comes from “Byzantium”, the name of the city of Constantinople before it became Constantine’s capital. This older name of the city would rarely be used from this point onward except in historical or poetic contexts.”


  • dingojack

    Why they changed it I can’t say.

    Maybe they liked it better that way.


  • Modusoperandi

    …profligate procreation…



    recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources.


    Also, dibs on band name.

  • Alverant

    Isn’t the phrase “christian patriots” an oxymoron? The fundamentals of the USA Constitution had things like freedom and liberty and voting for your leaders, things that the christian bible is 100% against. It would be like saying “alcoholic teetotaler”.

  • eric

    The country has “done violence” to God. One wonders how that could even be possible.

    Plaintiff is suing defendant (humanity) for emotional trauma and harm?

  • Marcus Ranum

    How Does One Commit Violence Against God?

    Using imaginary 15Mt nukes! That’s how I do it.

  • Taz

    We haven’t done near as much violence to God as he has to us, according to the Christian storybook.

    Let’s just call it a failed relationship and go our separate ways.

  • raven

    Someday, I hope to find out what dictionary they use.

    Orwell’s 1984.

    This is Newspeak.

  • karmacat

    So, does this mean the catholic church won’t be silent about pediophilia of some of its clergy? …… Yea, I didn’t think so.

  • steve78b

    The churches should not fight against evil.

    In Isaiah it says that God creates evil….

    If you (meaning church people) read your bibles you’ll know that the CHURCHES are the ones that are wrong. Should not fight against what the lord has made. THEY are doing violence against god.

    ……. back to my bourbon……

  • richardelguru

    “How Does One Commit Violence Against God?”

    A quick knee in the Holy Balls should do the trick.

  • kantalope

    Sorry Modus: “Hieronymus Wolf” is the best band name in this thread!

  • Modusoperandi

    kantalope, now you’re just being ridiculous. He’s Profligate Procreation’s drummer.

  • timberwoof

    I read “The glorious liberty of His governance” and my brain went asplodey.

  • Dave, ex-Kwisatz Haderach

    What kind of idiot puts the clergy in charge of the army? What do they know about tactics?

  • Francisco Bacopa

    Speaking of violence to the English language, I have always heard “profligate” used in a negative sense. I checked online dictionaries to see if it has any older usages that are neutral or even positive. It doesn’t.

  • montanto

    Well… if you take Genesis literally like you’re “supposed” to, you find that God really isn’t much more powerful than the Greek deities … And they could be hurt by bronze swords.

  • colnago80

    Re Marcus Ranum @ #11

    Nah, Tsar Bombes.

  • busterggi

    Jack Burton: “Just remember what ol’ Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big ol’ storm right square in the eye and he says, “Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it.”

    Bring it on, Yahweh.

  • RickR

    A word about abortion and homosexuality

    A word? A word??? These fucks won’t shut up about them!

    To listen to conservative christians, their religion has four pillars- opposition to abortion, gays, evolution and climate science.

    That’s the whole of their theology anymore.

  • dingojack

    RickR — “A word? A word???”

    In this case the word is Bullshit!


  • dhall

    dingojack – I think the name Byzantine Empire was used by Western Europeans–like the Germans–because they were busy creating the Holy Roman Empire out of what’s now Germany, northern Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, etc. Holy Roman Emperors were elected by seven secular and ecclesiastical princes but crowned by the pope–that precedent was set when the pope crowned Charlemagne back in 800. However, popes tended to excommunicate the Eastern Roman emperors immediately when they were crowned because they refused to be subordinate to him, and because the Eastern Romans were all heretical Orthodox Christians who rejected papal supremacy–they considered him nothing more than the bishop of Rome. And you can’t have 2 Roman Empires because that would just be confusing. So the westerners renamed the Eastern Roman Empire the Byzantine Empire for their own purposes, but as far as the people of the empire with its capital in Constantinople were concerned, they were the real Roman Empire, and resented the westerners for calling their empire in the west the ‘Holy Roman Empire.’ Hope that sort of answers ‘why’ in #7.

  • dhall

    “Black Robe Regiment” sounds like something out of a fantasy novel or video game . . .

  • doublereed

    The reason they say “commit violence against God” is to justify the real violence they commit toward others. It’s a way to justify doing violence to peaceful people.

  • http://dontlinkmebro F [i’m not here, i’m gone]

    Funny, so many other countries have done much better violence to god (of the sort he mentions) than the US, and many of them seem to do quite well.

  • Nemo

    It’s easy, all you need are iron chariots.

  • dingojack

    dhall (#27) – See here.

    Dave (#20) – The Church of the Papal Mainframe?

    (Tasha Lem!)


  • theophontes (恶六六六缓步动物)

    From the link in OP:

    Proverbs 24:11 paraphrased

    paraphrased = changing jots and tittles.

    Rev. William Cook is adding water to the wine. He is fucking with YHWH’s Holy Words.

  • birgerjohansson

    Ed, Dhall @ 28,

    -Another Cook: -fantasy author Glen Cook (the author of “The Black Company” and the books about Garret, P.I.) has actually explained how one mortal may do violence to gods.


    In the alternate history series “The Instrumentalities of the Night” the protagonists discover that the combination of gunpowder and silver shot is a quite effect tive way to rid the world of the various deities that have infested the world. The books also extensively covers the corruption in the church.

    It would be hilarious if the two Cooks are distant relatives.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Off topic sorry but there’s a poll here that badly needs Pharyngulating if someone could please put it on that blog :

    Do you believe global warming is man-made?

    Currently : Yes = 38,031 vs No = 32,450

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    ^ D’oh! Forgot the link – that’s here :

  • denada

    “male and female created He them.”

    …and Yoda.