Aug 28, 2012

Mike Huckabee vs the Priests of Baal

If I asked you to fill in the blank: "Mike Huckabee is rallying [adjective] groups in support of the fuckwad who thinks that a woman's body can magic away a rape baby," would you even need to click the link to know that the missing word is religious?

Mike thinks that the kerfuffle over Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin can result in "a Mt. Carmel moment"--"You know, you bring your gods. We’ll bring ours. We’ll see whose God answers the prayers and brings fire from heaven. That’s kind of where I’m praying: that there will be fire from heaven, and we’ll see it clearly, and everyone else will too."

Let's refresh our memory from 1 Kings 18:
... When [Ahab] saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?”
“I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals. Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table."
So Ahab gets the prophets of Baal together and Elijah proposes a test:
"Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire —he is God.”
 Baal doesn't show up; Elijah mocks them, and calls upon the Lord:
Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”
That'll show those gosh-durned liberals!  And then this happens:
Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.
I'm reasonably certain that Mike does not intend, upon his divinely granted victory, to slaughter the modern analogue to the priests of Baal.  But when ancient tales of triumphalist sectarian slaughter become the go-to metaphor for an earnest defense of rape apologists--and when that fact is considered unremarkable--then something has gone badly awry.

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