Deuteronomy – Chapter 19: Cities of Refuge

Today’s chapter in Deuteronomy is titled Cities of Refuge.  Sounds like a great name for an action movie!

“When the Lord your God has destroyed the nations whose land he is giving you, and when you have driven them out and settled in their towns and houses, then set aside for yourselves three cities in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess.” – Deuteronomy 19:1-2

In other words, as soon as you’re done murdering and raping in my name, I’m going to give you three more cities!!!

“This is the rule concerning anyone who kills a person and flees there for safety—anyone who kills a neighbor unintentionally, without malice aforethought.” – Deuteronomy 19:4

Yeah, okay, that’s fine.  Although if the people are allowed to live, shouldn’t the Israelites be told to not kill them?  Wouldn’t that be simpler than building three new cities?

“For instance, a man may go into the forest with his neighbor to cut wood, and as he swings his ax to fell a tree, the head may fly off and hit his neighbor and kill him.” – Deuteronomy 19:5

LOL!  The bible gets quite specific in its possibilities of accidents that might lead to murder.

“Do this so that innocent blood will not be shed in your land, which the Lord your God is giving you as your inheritance, and so that you will not be guilty of bloodshed.” – Deuteronomy 19:10

Excuse me but now God is concerned with shedding innocent blood?!?!  Now?!?!  He just commanded the Israelites to rape, murder, and pillage.  Children and babies were killed!  God commanded the shedding of innocent blood, but all is okay because now he has decided shedding innocent blood is bad.  OMG!!!

“One witness is not enough to convict anyone accused of any crime or offense they may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” – Deuteronomy 19:15

This was stated a couple of chapters ago.  I had problems with it then and still do now.  In the absence of credible evidence, it is not right nor just to convict a person of a crime from witnesses alone.

“Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.” – Deuteronomy 19:21

This verse sums up the problem with the bible.  God simply does not care about the people.  There is no compassion.  There is no caring.  There is no understanding at all.  A god who demands his people to show no pity for others is not a god I choose to worship.  Give me Satan any day before this god.

Coming Soon:  Deuteronomy – Chapter 20:  Going to War

Freedom From Religion Foundation

I want to take a moment this wonderful Sunday to say a few words about the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).  If you’re unfamiliar, the FFRF, as stated on their webpage, is a non-profit organization that works as an effective state/church watchdog and voice for freethought (atheism, agnosticism, skepticism).

I’ve had the pleasure of conversing with FFRF lawyers on two different occasions regarding what I felt were violations of church/state separation at local public institutions.  On one occasion, the FFRF lawyers wrote a letter to the offending institution and the matter was resolved.  The letter was very polite, very informative, and very detailed.  It was amazing the work FFRF put into this on my behalf.  On the second occasion the FFRF was sympathetic of my request, but was unable to move forward due to previous court cases setting an unfortunate precedent.  The FFRF was super polite and very detailed in their letter back to me citing specific court cases.  Although it saddens me to see this church/state separation continue, I feel better knowing the FFRF did what it could.

If you’re looking for a cause to donate to, the FFRF is a very worthy cause and all donations are tax deductible.  After the help they provided after my first email to them, I put in annual membership donation immediately.  It’s the least I could do.

Again, the FFRF is a great group of friendly, polite people, doing a great job protecting the rights of non-believers.  If you ever have a concern regarding church/state separation issues and are not sure what to do, please do not hesitate to contact them.  They want you to contact them.  I linked the FFRF site above, but a direct link to their report-a-violation page is:

Contact the FFRF