Once again, NOM is citing the Bad Catholic blog at patheos. This is the same idiot (Marc Barnes) who lacked sufficient intellectual curiosity to realize that the “research” of Paul Cameron was double-a crackpottery. This time around, Barnes is sharing his view of moral relativism; a theme often used by Matt Barber and other fundamentalists. Apparently we are to believe that human adaptation to circumstances, environment, progress and other variables is a bad thing. Removing these pesky abstractions leaves things just as fundamentalists prefer – simplistic.

It is quite obvious that Mr. Barnes does not understand the concept. He begins by offering a false choice of too many rules or no rules. Not surprisingly, Barnes then concludes that there is only one path; one rule:

The good news — really, the only Gospel worth preaching — is that
Christ restored the game. Anyone can play, if they so desire. He
stripped away the thousands of rules, and gave us back the One Good
Rule. He is the voice crying out in the wilderness, “The asphalt is
lava!” He has found the lost sheep; the adventure of childhood. St.
Augustine summed up his One Rule better than any one else: “Love God,
and do what you want.”

The “one true path” has been the claim of every huckster in history. Joseph Smith, L. Ron Hubbard and Sun Myung Moon have claimed this monopoly on wisdom.

The sheer arrogance of some Christian fundamentalists is appalling. Hindu, Hebrew and Greek philosophers have a few thousand years on Christianity.  In Barnes’ simplistic world, we are to dismiss, as irrelevant, what came  before a radical Jewish rabbi was crucified. Sure.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.