The Pew Research Center has a new study out about religion: “Half of Americans say Bible should influence U.S. laws, including 28% who favor it over the will of the people”
“The U.S. Constitution does not mention the Bible, God, Jesus or Christianity, and the First Amendment clarifies that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” Still, some scholars have argued that the Bible heavily influenced America’s founders.
Today, about half of Americans (49%) say the Bible should have at least “some” influence on U.S. laws, including nearly a quarter (23%) who say it should have “a great deal” of influence, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Among U.S. Christians, two-thirds (68%) want the Bible to influence U.S. laws at least some, and among white evangelical Protestants, this figure rises to about nine-in-ten (89%).”
As you see above, it’s pretty much what is expected. Conservative Christians make false claims and then believe them.
Now, consider this above and note that Christians have been repeatedly complaining that Christians are bible illiterate (examples: Biola article, progressive Christian on Patheos, conservative Christian research group, Barna, Southern Nazarene University ) So we have a confluence of people who have no idea what they believe and then want everyone else to be held to what they don’t know as law. Add to this, that Christians disagree on what their bible really says and which parts to accept as literal, metaphor and to just ignore and there is indeed a problem.
Christians would not agree on how US laws would be influenced. We’d have a religious war as soon as these “law” were implemented.
And us atheists, who know the bible better than the believers, know we don’t want it at all as law.
Hmm, it seems that actual familiarity with the vicious and ignorant laws of the bible show us that the bible has nothing to do with US Law and any sane person doesn’t want it controlling them.
Here some of those god laws
“2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3 you shall have no other gods before[a] me.
4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation[b] of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
Preventing other religions and harming people for acts not their own.
“2 When you buy a male Hebrew slave, he shall serve six years, but in the seventh he shall go out a free person, without debt. 3 If he comes in single, he shall go out single; if he comes in married, then his wife shall go out with him. 4 If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master’s and he shall go out alone. 5 But if the slave declares, “I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out a free person,” 6 then his master shall bring him before God.[a] He shall be brought to the door or the doorpost; and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him for life.”
Choose between love and slavery
“7 When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she shall not go out as the male slaves do. ”
Selling your children and treating them as property.
“20 When a slaveowner strikes a male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies immediately, the owner shall be punished. 21 But if the slave survives a day or two, there is no punishment; for the slave is the owner’s property.”
Dying slowly gets your murder off.
“The firstborn of your sons you shall give to me. 30 You shall do the same with your oxen and with your sheep: seven days it shall remain with its mother; on the eighth day you shall give it to me.”
There goes free will
“23 When my angel goes in front of you, and brings you to the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, and I blot them out, 24 you shall not bow down to their gods, or worship them, or follow their practices, but you shall utterly demolish them and break their pillars in pieces.”
Promises of genocide.
And we’re only three chapters into the exodus laws.
then we have laws like these from Leviticus:
“44 As for the male and female slaves whom you may have, it is from the nations around you that you may acquire male and female slaves. 45 You may also acquire them from among the aliens residing with you, and from their families that are with you, who have been born in your land; and they may be your property. 46 You may keep them as a possession for your children after you, for them to inherit as property. These you may treat as slaves, but as for your fellow Israelites, no one shall rule over the other with harshness.”
Now, most Christians will claim “we don’t have to follow the laws in the bible because Jesus Christ….” Well, funny how he said that the laws must be followed, at best you can say that he interpreted some of them a little differently.
“17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish (to end the observance or effect of (something, such as a law) : to completely do away with (something) the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish (to end the observance or effect of (something, such as a law) : to completely do away with (something) but to fulfill (to put into effect : execute). 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore, whoever breaks[d] one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s blog also has a good article on theocratic bullshit like this.