Author of Erotic Book of Genesis Comes Home to ‘Blasphmy’ Graffiti

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an excerpt from Matthew Stillman‘s new book “Genesis Deflowered,” which eroticizes the Book of Genesis.

Last week, on the doorsteps in front of Matthew’s home in Harlem, he was greeted with misspelled graffiti reading “Blasphmy.”

Matthew Stillman (Jeff Mays – DNAinfo)

“I think someone is angry and lashed out,” said Stillman, a former television and film producer who reported the graffiti to the 28th Precinct which classified the incident as a case of criminal mischief.

Stillman, 40, said he has received hate mail about the book published in August since he appeared on Fox News earlier this month.

“You’re still my enemy, but lucky for us…the Bible says to love your enemies,” one piece of mail read.

There are no clues yet as to who did this, but I hope it doesn’t give him pause about what he’s doing. He didn’t do anything wrong. The fact that his work may have stirred up this particular response is just a sign that he’s doing something right.

Matthew said in an email statement to me last night:

While I don’t feel unsafe I do feel that this act is passive aggressive and closes the door to actually have a dialogue about the content of the book and the issues it raises. I also feel like this act is a threat to all authors who should be free to write creative works without fear of vandalization of their property or homes.

(Via Christian Nightmares)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    Consider it a handsome battle scar, Mr. Stillman.

    • C Peterson

      Scar? I wouldn’t place the damage here above a mosquito bite.

      • C.L. Honeycutt

        That front stoop would beg to differ, were we to anthropomorphize it fairly heavily.

  • Bitter Lizard

    Well, the spelling can at least narrow it down to either a theist or a Poe. Be sure to pick up a copy of A is for “ANIS”, B is for “BLASPHMY”: Bitter Lizard’s Guide to Writing like a Theist. Oh shit, I’m a suspect now, aren’t I?

    • Tainda

      *snort*

      • Bitter Lizard

        And of course, we all know what goes in the ANIS.

        The letter “S”.

        • Tainda

          Curse you! If I choke and die from a panini crumb, I’m haunting YOU!!!11

          • C.L. Honeycutt

            I… I could get rid of that panini for you if it’s too dangerous.

            *puppy dog eyes*

            • Tainda

              It’s already gone :( Oddly enough, that picture looks exactly like the one I just had

              • Mario Strada

                Do you want to know something funny? In italy we would call that a “Sandwich”. In fact, “Panino” (the singular of the plural “panini”) means “sandwich”. Just like “Gelato” means “Icecream”. No difference. Just marketing.

    • C.L. Honeycutt

      You know who else is a suspect?

      That’s right, Stalin.

      • Bitter Lizard

        STALIN! ATHIESTS NEED TO BE MOAR CIVIL YOU STUPID LIARS!

        • C.L. Honeycutt

          *marks off daily checklist*

          Oops, I forgot one!

          *stage whispers* …Commentmaker!

          • Bitter Lizard

            I’m afraid I can’t post the dog rectum today, as I’m wracked with guilt for deceiving all of you about CommentMaker’s fate. I’m finally going to come clean with photographic evidence.

            • Matt D

              So, what was CM’s fate? I must have missed that juicy bit of deception

              • C.L. Honeycutt

                Eaten by Stalin.

                • Matt D

                  Dang, and I was hoping one of his own comments caused a stroke.

                • Tainda

                  You just came up with the best band name EVER!

            • C.L. Honeycutt

              AHHH! It’s coming right at me like 3-D! This proves that Creationism is true!

              Dem sexy, sexy boobhat ears.

      • Matt D

        Everytime I see that name, I keep hearing the accent Bob Hoskins used (STALEEEN-GRAD!) in the movie, “Enemy at the Gates”. Makes me laugh, even if the movie did not.

    • C Peterson

      Don’t you mean Writing like a Thiest?

    • ShoeUnited

      I didn’t see Joe Klein at the scene of the crime. Suspicious.

  • DeFKnoL

    I see he is trying to remove it with a steel brush. I recommend getting some nice gray cement paint and painting over it. He could even do the whole staircase. It will be much faster and he will get much better results.

  • Gabriel

    When you know that your ideas are bad. That you can’t win the philosophical debate. When your religious beliefs are absurd and you are afraid that they probably aren’t true accuse your opponent of “blasphemy”.

  • TiltedHorizon

    Lets ask Ken Ham to produce this in 3D. I know he is big on literal bible translations.

  • Gunner Miller

    Well we know the words were not done due to intelligent design.

  • jeffj900

    I suppose a lot of Bible readers naively assume their Adam and Eve did not enoy the pleasure of sex. Perhaps they themselves don’t enjoy the pleasure of sex. I wonder when they think pleasure was introduced into sex if not in the Garden of Eden (metaphorically speaking)?

    Now what about that blasphemy and wickedness when the daughters of Lot, a righteous man in the eyes of God, got him drunk and seduced him into twin acts of incest. Oh dear. Ban it. My dear heart is beating too fast.

    • Monika Jankun-Kelly

      Why do folks rarely, if ever, mention Lot’s daughters did that because they thought they were the last people on earth, had a duty to procreate, and he was the only male available? Still a nasty story, but I wouldn’t call their actions “wicked” given that context. [edit: not condoning what they did, just saying it wasn't for kicks and giggles]

      I saw an illustrated book of genesis once. Had comic book style graphic depictions of all the stuff many Christians like to skip over in their bibles. Should be required reading, when age appropriate.

      • C.L. Honeycutt

        According to Christian doctrine, though, morality is ETERNAL AND OBJECTIVE*, so their reasons wouldn’t matter.

        Huh… angels protected themselves from rape, but not their host or his daughters from incest. *shrug*

        *except when it’s convenient for it not to be, natch.

      • HarrietM

        QUOTE: “I saw an illustrated book of genesis once. Had comic book style graphic
        depictions of all the stuff many Christians like to skip over in their
        bibles.”

        Do you have a name of that book or a link? Christmas is coming, you know. Me to Family Member: “I don’t know why you are so suspicious of the gifts I give! It is just a nice illustrated Book of Genesis for your children. And I got a grown-up version of the book for you!”

      • jeffj900

        I was being a tongue in cheek using the word “wickedness”. I’m sure desperate situations call for desperate measures.

        An interesting additional perspective on Sodom and Gomorrah is what Jewish scholarship considers to be the “Sin of Sodom”. It wasn’t homosexuality, a widespread misunderstanding by Christians. It was greed and lack of hospitality. It was a failure to protect the poor and to respect strangers. It should be clear that if the story were about sexual purity or chastity or sexual virtue of some kind, then Lot would not have offered up his virgin daughters to the crowd outside his door for their selfish amusement.

        http://www.iwgonline.org/docs/sodom.html

  • Art_Vandelay

    Passive-aggressive would be more like…”Oh your book? Yeah, it was uhhh…okay.”

    This is pretty actively-aggressive.

    • islandbrewer

      I think passive aggressive would sound more like , “Your book? No, I haven’t read it yet, but I think it’s just great that you’re keeping busy with your little arts and crafts and not on the street dealing drugs. I know how hard it is for you people to find useful work.”

  • Oranje

    “I’d like to buy a vowel, Pat. I’ll take an E.”

    “There is one E… would you like to spin or solve the puzzle?”

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GodVlogger?feature=mhee GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    why is it “criminal mischief” and not a “hate crime”? (i.e., a crime motivated by bias against a given ‘religious group’, etc, or however it is defined)

    If he was a Jewish leader and they wrote “Jew scum” of some such garbage wouldn’t it be a hate crime?

    Maybe someone with legal insight can clarify.

    • islandbrewer

      I think the rationale is that the primary motivation for the crime is based on something that he did, not on his identity as a member of a group. Yes, I know, his identity is inextricably tied to his actions, but I believe that’s how hate crime law would work.

  • islandbrewer

    Look, the guy started with too much space in the left margin. He could have adjusted the kerning halfway through, but was obviously too focused on each letter, trying to get them perfect (in his artistic vision). Because he started on the bottom step, he couldn’t hyphenate and write “BLAS-” “PHEMY,” so he just dropped the “E.”

    It’s all part of the learning process – sketch out your design first. Maybe put it down in pencil before wasting paint.

    Also, I would have gone with yellow.

    • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

      They used CAPS LOCK as well, which is a dead giveaway of, you know…

  • JET

    You can get a decent deer camera for under $100. Clean it up. Install camera. Photograph vandals. YouTube the shit out of it. Would also work for billboards.

    • C.L. Honeycutt

      On an urban New York doorstep?

      • JET

        He might have a window. :)

  • MKW

    Dam Blasphmyrz, kwit Blasphmyrng!!1!!!

  • MyScienceCanBeatUpYourGod

    “which eroticizes the Book of Genesis.”

    So what he do, cut the violent parts out?

    • http://stillmansays.blogspot.com mattstillman

      I didn’t cut any words from Genesis out. Just added text to make the sex scenes pop

      • MyScienceCanBeatUpYourGod

        Oh, hey it’s the author! Dude that was a joke; I’m sure your version is spicier and probably a lot less creepier…

        • http://stillmansays.blogspot.com mattstillman

          I knew it was a joke but I figured it was a spot I could interject something. Just to reiterate ALL of the super amazing fight scenes with Chedorlaomer are still there because that is what EVERYONE loves in the Bible.

          • HarrietM

            Oh yes. Those are the BEST parts!

  • Jim Jones

    People who do this are dog robbers for Jesus.

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=dog%20robber

  • Mario Strada

    Is that a pumpkin carving knife on the upper doorstep?

  • Paula M Smolik

    Oh. I thought the only eroticism in Genesis was incest and rape. Gee whiz.

  • Stan

    I’m pretty sure this is the guy.