Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Global Dominion, Global Meltdown

     Then God said: "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground."  God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them.  God blessed them, saying: "Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth." -Genesis 1:26-28
     Even within mainline Catholic and Protestant scripture circles the book of Genesis is considered myth.  The creation story is similar to other Middle Eastern creation myths as is the flood story.  Who knew that the holy spirit practiced borderline plagiarism?  Still, that doesn't stop proof-texting religious conservatives of all Christian denominations from abusing the above quote from Genesis.

     This text is often used to condemn homosexuals.  Those condemning claim that same sex couples can't be fruitful and multiply.  (As if having your own biological children is the only way to assist the species.)  They also claim that god created one man and one woman, male and female and that this is the only natural way for human beings to interact.  "It's in Genesis! God's decree!" they argue.  But so is the fantastic account of the Nephilim, giants, appearing in the land after "the sons of heaven," celestial beings/angels, came down from heaven and had a little "divine intervention" with the sexy, hot human females, if you know what I mean. (Genesis 6)  I mean: WTF?

     That said, the myths of the Pentateuch are ripe for misuse by the far right.  One common myth is that because god gave human beings dominion over the earth, that we can do whatever we want to the planet.  The earth is our garden, our playground, and our ash tray.  There is no global warming, because whatever is happening to the earth is god's plan and our dominion.

     They are wrong.  When myth continues to trump the scientific evidence, we all pay the price.  Perhaps, they will get that flood of cataclysmic proportions after all.


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