Rand's influence

Doug Henwood dhenwood at panix.com
Thu Oct 19 09:52:49 MDT 1995

At 11:53 PM 10/18/95, Robert Peter Burns wrote:

>The Psalm verse quoted below is from the song of the <Jewish>
>exiles in Babylon.  It expresses how they felt about
>their captors.  The Scripture reports those feelings,
>just as it reports the feelings, good and bad, of thousands
>of characters and groups.  It would be a mistake to think
>that the Biblical authors are commending or praising those
>feelings as ones we/they should ideally feel--they are often
>just telling how it felt, what the raw emotions were that
>people were experiencing, just as novelists and poets often do.
>Example: Jesus's cry on the cross, "My God, my God, why hast
>thou forsaken me..."

The Old Testament is full of viciousness - pages and pages of revenge and
curses. That spirit seems to power a lot of right-wing fundamentalists in
the US - the spirit of chosenness and moral certainty. It gives me the
creeps, bigtime.



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