(16531) Sat 15 Apr 95 7:52p
By: Robin Murray-o'hair
Re: American Atheists On Passover
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American Atheists, Inc.
P O Box 140195, Austin, TX 78714-0195
Voice: (512) 458-1244 FAX: (512) 467-9525 BBS: (512) 302-0223
Passover Nothing to Celebrate, Says American Atheists
For Release: 14 April 1995
American Atheists today issued a position statement on the
feast of the Seder and the Passover:
THE PASSOVER: A HOLIDAY TO BE ABANDONED
The single most heinous story in the Bible is that of the
Jewish god, Jahweh, inflicting plagues, mass misery, torture, and
death upon the ancient Egyptian nation. This serial genocide
included Jahweh's slaughter of the firstborn of every family. Not
even infants were spared.
The Biblical tale celebrated by Jews as the "Passover" is
simply a story of a religious holocaust slaughter of the
inhabitants of Egypt by a sadistic and nefarious god. As the
benighted pharaoh of the tale seeks to throw the Jews out of
Egypt, Jahweh -- playing mind games -- deliberately hardens the
heart of the pharaoh in order to lay -- again and again --
ruinous destructive acts on the land, its vegetation, its grain
and fruit crops, its cattle, its rivers, and its people until the
nation is completely destroyed. Even the skies above Egypt are
not spared (Exodus 4 through 12).
Jon Murray, president of American Atheists, points out that
there is not one shred of actual history in Egypt that the Jews
were ever enslaved in that nation. The barbaric actions of the
Jewish god depicted in the tales simply, and happily, are not
true. But the mythological story is itself so full of horror that
it should be eradicated from folklore, not alone of the Jews but
of all decent people.
* WCE 2.0/2394 * Keep Church and State SEPARATE!
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