Our God is a Jealous God… and It Only Gets Worse From There

One of the most quoted lines in Richard DawkinsThe God Delusion is the passage that opens up Chapter 2:

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.

Dawkins point was that, despite all those qualities, a lot of people had become immune to God’s awfulness, preferring to worship a loving, caring deity instead. But critics were no doubt furious that he had blasphemed God in such a way.

Who knew that Dawkins was being too kind in his assessment?

Dan Barker, the co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and a former Christian preacher himself, says that the God of the Bible is much, much worse than Dawkins gave Him credit for. And in his new book, Barker explains why that is.

It’s called, appropriately, God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction (Sterling, 2016):

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The book goes into detail for each quality Dawkins listed, quoting chapter and verse from the Bible to justify the description. And then it continues, rattling off even more unpleasant traits for God that Dawkins left out.

In the excerpt below, Barker explains why God is indeed “jealous and proud of it”:

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In Caucus Night Speech, Dr. Ben Carson Says Church/State Separation Advocates Have “Schizophrenia”

It’s always a bad sign when a medical doctor decides to diagnose people he’s never met, much less people he doesn’t understand.

But when you’re the former Republican frontrunner yet you have to settle for a fourth place finish in Iowa, what do you have to lose?

At a speech last night, Dr. Ben Carson used his final plea to voters to bash advocates of church/state separation, saying they suffered from “schizophrenia” since God is everywhere in our politics.

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Watch Matt Dillahunty Explain the Story of Exodus

In the latest video for his Atheist Debates project, Matt Dillahunty discusses the biblical story of Exodus:

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Those Atheist Fundamentalists Are Awful, Aren’t They?

In his latest video, Mr. Deity explains how the New Atheists are *totally* fundamentalists. Because they write books. And sometimes essays. Goddamn heretics.

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The American Bar Association Says It Is Investigating Discrimination at BYU’s Law School

As many of you are probably aware, Brigham Young University is a private school that, while known for being operated and attended by Mormons, also admits students who are outside the faith. That means even if you don’t agree with Mormon theology, you’re still playing by Mormon rules.

All students, for example, are required to abide by BYU’s “Honor Code” — that means no alcohol, coffee, or pre-marital sex. (Homosexual sex? Don’t even try.) You might recoil at all that, but again, this is a private school. They have every right to lay out the rules as they see fit.

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Here’s where it gets weird: If you are Mormon, and you decide to leave the church (because you stopped believing in God), your life is practically over. You’ll be expelled and possibly evicted. Your transcript won’t even be released in some cases, making it tougher to transfer. The pressure is there to keep you in the Mormon faith. Your options at that point are to lie to everybody… or be honest and suffer.

But if you’re not a Mormon and you change your mind, no big deal. They don’t care.

A group called FreeBYU made the case last year that all of this went far beyond what a private religious school ought to be doing. They made the perfectly reasonable case that Mormons who changed their mind about religion should simply have to pay a higher tuition (like all non-Mormon students) and that would be the end of the punishments.

While BYU hasn’t announced any changes to their policies, the American Bar Association is now saying they will investigate FreeBYU’s complaints.

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