Imagine you are strolling down the sidewalk and a man excitedly calls you over to his front porch to share some “great news,” Protestant minister-turned atheist author Dan Barker asked his audience on Wednesday.
The man’s got a gruesome torture chamber in his basement, Barker said, but you don’t have to go down there. Instead, you can come over, hug the man’s son, say you love him and you can all move in together in the attic and tell them how great they are forever.
“Isn’t that great news?” a sarcastic Barker asked the crowd…
Sally, you are a selfish rotten little girl. You are always asking for things you want and getting in the way when I’m trying to work. Because you’re such a naughty, despicable girl, starting tomorrow I’m going to have to punish you by taking away all of your toys, only feeding you bread and water, and having you sit in the timeout chair every minute you’re awake. But even though this is the punishment you deserve, Sally, I love you and I’ve found a way to forgive you of your naughtiness by hurting myself. Now, if you tell me you love me, I won’t have to punish you at all. Isn’t that loving of me?