Making the Baby Jesus Cry
Eileen Hyde and Lynda Morgan (grades 10 & 11) did a project showing how the power of prayer can unlock the latent genes in bacteria, allowing them to microevolve antibiotic resistance. Escherichia coli bacteria cultured in agar filled petri dishes were subjected to the antibiotics tetracycline and chlorotetracycline. The bacteria cultures were divided into two groups, one group (A) received prayer while the other (B) didn’t. The prayer was as follows: “Dear Lord, please allow the bacteria in Group A to unlock the antibiotic-resistant genes that You saw fit to give them at the time of Creation. Amen.”
Of course, once one realizes that it’s a parody site, the question then becomes, it is also a hate site?
If so, then how does it differ from the Culture Jamming posts I occasionally send the Saudi Mutaween?
For me, speech doesn’t cross the line into hate speech unless the speaker is calling on his audience to go out and harm others. Landover and OBJECTIVE: Christian Ministries do neither. Cruel speech? Certainly, but cruel speech is a fact of life.
If your belief system can’t take a good mocking, then it’s not much of a belief system. And your faith will be mocked and derided. It’s your cross to bear, so to speak. Jesus was mocked and derided. I’ve heard tell he turned out ok.
Hate Speech? Not by my definition. Reasonable people may differ, though I wonder to what extent the difference could be in this particular debate before one’s opinion of the other as “reasonable” would be rendered null and void.
I can tell you this. The day the Muslim equivalent of Landover appears with a url ending in .sa? That’ll be the day you know we’ve won the War on Terror. That’ll be the day when the Christians suffering at the rhetorical hands of parody websites will be able to evangelize to their heart’s content in the Arab homeland.
Isn’t that worth a little mockery?