Wednesday, January 27, 2010

144: The Book of What? (Part II)

Nehemiah 1-3
By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire. - Nehemiah 2:13

Nayheemeeah? How do you pronounce this book? I'll just call it Nana-nana for right now. By the way, is it nerdy if I noticed that this is blog number 12 squared?

We have yet another book written as a first person narrative. I actually really like that style of writing, too bad it's third person for the rest of the bible (as far as I can tell).

Nothing terribly exciting happens in this section. Nehemiah asks Artaxerxes (the king of Persia) if he can go back to Jerusalem to rebuild the city. The king says yes and Nehemiah heads to Jerusalem. He goes around the city and inspects all the gates. One of the gates is called the "Dung gate". Is the gate made of poo?

He decides all the gates need to be replaced. All of chapter 3 (and the rest of today's section) just lists all the people that rebuilt the gates. I wonder how you rebuild a gate made of poo. They didn't have Chipotle back then.


Tim Tebow is back in the news. This time it's not for his ridiculous bible flaunting antics. He's decided to make a Superbowl anti-abortion ad.

I thought the advertisements at the Superbowl were supposed to be good. And of course, this has nothing to do with Tim Tebow being psycho-religious:
When Tim's mom was pregnant, she contracted amoebic dysentery. This caused pregnancy complications, and the quarterback was expected to die in-utero. Therefore, doctors advised her to have an abortion.

Well, his mom didn't listen and she gave birth to him. He was a little small and malnourished, but was treated and grew up to be the star athlete that we know and love.
Right, it's a good thing Hitler's mom didn't get an abortion. Oh wait, no it's not. I love the fallacy they're trying to sell, that every nearly aborted baby grows up to be a wonderful person. You know, when doctors tell you you should get an abortion, that usually means you should. If you want to risk your life to have a baby then fine. But don't force other people to risk death.

Also, don't spend 3 million dollars on a 30 second Superbowl ad. I thought Christians were supposed to give money to the poor. Leave advertising spending to corporations.

(via Associated Content)


  1. I think the book is pronounced Nee-uh-My-uh. I'm sure Brent can advise on that (if he's taking another break - good luck by the way!).

    On the Superbowl ad - my philosophy is that if you don't like abortions, don't have one. Also, I think there is a lot of common ground in that both Pro-Choicers and Pro-Lifers can agree that babies should be loved and wanted and abortions should be few.

    I think if more focus was on the positive - supporting pregnant women and mothers, paying women equal wages, providing affordable daycare; and not on the negative - abortion = death; then maybe there could be fewer abortions. Nobody "likes" abortion, but it must be legal and available.

  2. I wonder how much relief three million dollars would bring to Haiti? Oh well, first things first.

    And I'm pretty sure the Dung Gate was the place where they carried dung out of the city. This was a big deal in the days before cars. The farmers could then use it for fertilizer or fuel. Just a guess.



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