Sunday Sermon: Bacon bits

receive_baconThere’s a bumpersticker that says, “If we’re not supposed to eat animals, why are they made out of meat?” That’s funny, in a question-begging* sort of way, but there’s a similar question that needs to be asked of Judeo-Christian-Muslim worldview: If we’re not supposed to eat pigs, why are they made out of bacon?

Essentially, the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) ask us to believe that God basically said to mankind, “Hey guys, see this animal here? It’s called a pig. I made the top part out of baby back ribs and the shoulders out of pork that makes fantastic barbecue. The legs are made out of ham, and just in case that wasn’t enough, I made its belly out of bacon! And guess what, humans? You can’t eat any of it! Bwahahahaha!”

Even if such a deity ever did exist, I could never bring myself to worship such a sick and twisted being.

* Pet Peeve: The phrase “begs the question” refers to a failure of logic in which one attempts to prove a proposition true via a proof that itself assumes the proposition as true, e.g. “The Bible is the infallible word of God, because there’s a verse in the Bible that says so” (and yes, you can easily find Christians who will use precisely that argument). The phrase “begs the question …” does NOT mean “raises the question …” or “brings up the question …” or “leads logically to the question …” and I’m really sick of seeing it used that way — not just by the unwashed masses, but even by professional journalists who should know better. Knock it off, already!

{“Receive Bacon” pic via Pieces of Limbo)

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by bob on July 29, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Dude at that time meat was too diseased for human consumption. It didn’t take a god to figure that out.


  2. Posted by OwenP on September 17, 2009 at 4:23 am

    If you’re not already aware of it, you really need to have a look at:

    begthequestion dot info

    You are not alone :-).

    (with the usual aitch tee tee pee gubbins, don’t seem able to post links directly)


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