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Tower of Babel Proves God Hates Socialism

April 12, 2011

Or so says David Barton. Listen to the ‘argument’ here:

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Biblical Literacy Test: Where is the Tower of Babel story located in Genesis?

Highlight for answer: Genesis 11

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Where to begin? How about it’s called the Tower of Babel story? But not for Barton:

When God came down the cry of the people was not, “Let’s build a tower” but “Let’s make bricks…”

OK. Let’s take a quick peek at the actual biblical text:

They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.

Huh. Maybe Barton is right? But let’s keep reading just for fun, and for that pesky little ‘context’ thing required for proper exegesis.

And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar.

So if the bricks are socialism, what are the stones and tar? Barton doesn’t say in this clip, but I shudder at his possible answer. (Barton: the stone is the Democratic party and the tar is Obamacare, and God hates those!”)

They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

Is it just me or does it seem with a tad–merely reading the next few verses–just a tad of context, the real goal of making bricks is to build a city and a tower that will reach the heavens?

Barton’s ‘interpretation’ is so forced, so irreparably coloured by a political agenda, and so poorly conceived that it makes the Alexandrian allegorical approach look historical by comparison!

How about this line?

“With bricks you make everyone look the same, be the same, act the same…”

What? What kind of idiocy is that? Let me tell you what you do with bricks: You build stuff! How bricks make everyone act the same is beyond my ability to comprehend their ability to act upon persons. Take a look at some brick structures, do they all ‘look the same’ or do they look different?!? Uh oh: If you live in a brick house are you a socialist?

Why? Why?? Why??? Why would anyone ever listen to this man? He doesn’t know where the story is in the Bible. He doesn’t know the entire story. And he has no comprehension whatsoever, in any way, what this story might mean.

Dilettante is not a strong enough word for him…

Update: I had to copy this from Bob Cargill as it perfectly sums up how I felt after watching the above clip:

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 12, 2011 9:48 am

    I wonder how he would interpret the Nephilim in 2 Samuel 3… Oh wait, they’re in Genesis… chapter 34!😛 They’re probably just power- and sex-hungry beings who seek to take advantage of others. Politicians, then?

  2. Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
    April 12, 2011 9:50 am

    This is just a specific example of “Scripture (TM) PROVES God Hates Whatever *I* Do.”

    I’m sure Fred Phelps would agree, except with him it’s “Fags(TM)” instead of “Socialism(TM)”.

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