In a time of technological advances in communication, transportation, science, medicine, artificial intelligence, there are still people who believe the earth is flat. There are segments of the population, pushed by conspiracy theorists such as Alex Jones, who believe the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut in which 20 children were killed, never happened. Neither did the Holocaust. In a climate of willful stupidity, blind faith and a denial of scientific fact, it is perhaps not surprising that a man such as Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler should claim that it was okay for Roy Moore, accused of sexual misconduct with underage girls, to behave as he did because … da da da da … “there was also an age gap between the biblical Joseph and Mary.”
Christian conservatives push all sorts of stuff in the name of The Bible. Homosexuality is bad and immoral. Abortion equals murder. Contraception? Not part of god’s plan. Transgender? Well, how can that be okay if there’s no mention of it in the bible? What they seem to forget is, with the same flagrant tendency for exaggeration as tellers of tall tales (check out Munchausen Syndrome), the Old Testament reports multiple examples of men and women living over 900 years, as well as a tacit acceptance of incest (how else did the pairs of animals and humans on Noah’s Ark multiply?) and a penchant for old men to pant over multiple wives and concubines.
But, as stated above, we live in a time of vast technological advancement. We’re about to have driverless cars and tourism in outer space. Medical research enables us to live longer, healthier lives, a fetus can be operated on in utero, new limbs will soon be grown from stem cells. The list goes on and on, but still we believe in virgin births, the mating of gods and humans, unlikely creation myths and all sorts of hypocritical mumbo jumbo on the part of politicians and preachers to instill fear and a false morality in their constituents. When you come down to it, it’s all about words from an old book written in the desert and passed down through the ages like a game of telephone. Now these old Biblical stories are being used oh so conveniently to bend opinion regarding LGBQT, the rights of women and the sanctity of the unborn. And how easily we fall prey to that bullshit. Just saying.