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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

This Just In...

In a late-breaking development here at the Dark Window we have just read what may be one of the most ironic columns ever penned. It's a fascinating piece by Dennis Prager about theology, muslims, and hell. We'll save the meaty details for our lovely heroine S.Z. (between you and me, I think she has a secret thing for Dennis) but couldn't resist offering our own two cents. Mainly because we love irony here at the Dark Window.

Having a background in theology and a lifetime of teaching the Bible from the original Hebrew, I would like to offer evidence for demarcating one sin as worse than all others. Indeed it may be the only sin that God will not forgive: Committing evil in the name of God.

Also having a background in theology (yes, the Dark Window kids you not) I'm not going to take issue with this. Let's see where he takes it.

My basis is the Ten Commandments. The Commandment widely translated as "Do not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain," is imprecisely translated. The original Hebrew literally reads, "Do not carry the name of the Lord thy God in vain."

Okay. This is actually true. And so what is Dennis telling us?

Imagine, then, how bad committing atrocities in God's name must be.


For if there is a hell, those who murder and torture the innocent while praising God are surely the first to go there.

Dennis apparently means all of this to apply only to Muslims as the second part of his column is all about how evil they (and the New York Times) are. But we here at the Dark Window think that last sentence is, well, a fairly incredible admission!

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