Perhaps the ancient book of wisdom (and some would say truth), while still relevant, is dated, tailored toward the time it was written — a bit like our own constitution. Does that make the American constitution not respectable on all counts? Of course not. We have baby and we have bathwater. Sudsy, ugly historically oppressive bath water.
And here, in this billboard, both of those shameful historical moments (our country’s slavery and the slavery of Biblical times) got to come together for absolutely no one’s good.
I get it, shock value. And if publicy was the goal than goal accomplished. But I think even the Atheists were dissappointed about how everyone missed the point of the billboard.
I believe in separation of church and state and freedom of religion, so I too am not pleased that the PA State House has declared it the year of the Bible. That’s stupid. If you’re a Christian, every year is the year of the Bible. And if you’re not, then you’ll be offended by a state house declaring a holy book deserves a year. Unless, of course, they plan to honor a different one each year (being careful not to leave any out) — maybe the Book of Mormon in 2013, the Koran in 2014 — but I’m doubting it.
In my opinion, everyone is overstepping their bounds and not thinking properly. I hope the Atheists find a more respectable way to get their point made and I hope the PA House reconsiders their decision to make it the “year of the Bible” before the ACLU takes them to court and wastes tax dollars.