Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Pissing against the Wall: Passing Water for Christ




OK, this is probably the last bit of Christer Fundie bashing I'm going to indulge in for a while, but I really couldn't resist this, which I found here and thought worth bringing to a wider audience, although it may be that I'm among the last to come across it. That nice, clean-cut young man you heard playing the ghee-tar and singing hymns a couple of posts ago may be seen here preaching and telling it like it is, or how he thinks it is, or would have it if he could. His views are most definitely not nice. He is Pastor Steven L. Anderson, he preaches hell fire and biblically-justified hatred including, inevitably, routinely, tediously, hatred of homosexuals. His views are especially vicious and benighted. 'It is time that preachers and Baptist people take a stand against the Sodomite freaks and turn off the television that tries to shove their perversion down our throat. God help a generation of Christians that does not think that homosexuality is “that bad''. We need a revival of old-fashioned righteous indignation and hatred for sin and perverts. What the world needs now is more hatred. Anyone spot any flaws in Stevie's argument? Hands up, don't all call out at once.

According to his website Steve 'holds no college degree but has well over 100 chapters of the Bible committed to memory, including almost half of the New Testament.' Here he has taken as his text the memorable 1 Kings 14:10: 'Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung, till it be all gone.'

The burden of Stevie's sermon here is that these days way too many men pee sitting down, in defiance of God's requirement that they should do so proudly upright. Pastors, perhaps even the President, probably micturate while seated, soft-armed effeminates that they are, and look at the state of the world! Germany, would you believe, actually requires men to drain off sitting down, which is bending the knee to Satan and faggotry. Steve is off to Germany soon, where he will defiantly stand up and Slash for Jesus, making a joyful plash unto the Lord, stirring up the waters of the lavatory pan in His name, a standing rebuke to the effete, sessile widdlers of Deutschland.

The sermon elicited this response from a reader of Hitchmo's blog:

As you can imagine, being a good Hebraicist, I was prompted to do a bit of research on this one. The phrase ‘one who pisses against a wall’, (transliterated Hebrew ‘mashtin beqir’) is a contemptuous expression for masculinity/men. If we want to get the real force of contempt we should not translate the phrase as it dumbs down the original language! There is a lesson in translating the Old Testament. Interestingly the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Old Testament, translated probably sometime before the time of Jesus) does not translate this phrase as ‘male’, but retains the edgy phrase ‘one who pisses against the wall’). Interestingly it is not a command from God for the righteous man to follow. Hence the pastor in your clip gets the wrong end of the stick (if you pardon my metaphor). It is not something we are commanded to do but rather a phrase designed to heap contempt on certain men.






Pray pee upstanding

2 comments:

nursemyra said...

we have a transsexual (male to female) patient who sits down to take a piss. Unfortunately, it exacerbates a problematic issue she already has with continence but she prefers the inconvenience of that problem to the "maleness" of standing up.

Vilges Suola said...

I think sitting down to pee is more hygienic anyway. So many blokes cannot or will not aim straight.

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