Glenn Reynolds has written a book called An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower the Little Guy to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths.
I don’t think Mr. Reynolds is a religious person, but he uses the
familiar story from I Samuel 17 as a launching point for his thesis.
The power behind his David(s) isn’t God; instead, “markets and
technology” allow the little guy(s) to overcome the giant(s).
He’s replaced God with a computer.
This was David’s speech to Goliath:
“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come
against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of
Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to
me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give
the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the
beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God
in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or
spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will
give all of you into our hands.”
I haven’t seen any Christians upset about the artistic liberties taken by Reynolds, have you?
Perhaps because we really have confused Mark with Marketing?
I’ve said the problem with the activity of those at the Coretta Scott King memorial was a failure of decorum.
It’s considered bad practice to needlessly dishonor the dead, and
turning somebody’s funeral into a forum for pathetic political
cheapshots is one way to do that.
Of course, it isn’t illegal. You won’t go to jail. One beautiful
thing about our country is that you can be an offensive idiot and
suffer no real consequences for it, and perhaps even benefit. Our
freedom of speech is protected by the Constitution, and for the most
part we can say whatever we want.
Another way you can dishonor the dead is to draw offensive cartoons of them.
I’m not sure how well freedom of speech is protected in Denmark, but the pressure is rising in Europe.
In fact, the heat is on worldwide. Lots of people are angry that
some cartoonists have dishonored a dead man they revere, and the news
media worldwide is afraid to fan the flames.
As our own Wendi Thomas asks, why needlessly offend?
What the Danish newspaper should have done is criticize the living,
rather than the dead. The protestors are showing themselves to be
exactly the kind of characters these cartoons portray. Why pull a dead
man into it, even if he did launch their religion?
It’s like blaming Jesus for the sins of Pat Robertson.
Well, come to think of it, I guess he has taken on all of our sins…
Christians are less prone to take offense at these things, I think,
because we serve a living God, and we’re saved by a living Christ. We
know that the Lord lives, and he will defend himself.
But we don’t always remember that, of course. Sometimes we get upset
about petty slights, like with “The Book of Daniel” or Chris Olifi’s
“The Holy Virgin Mary.”
But as someone who defended Olifi’s artwork back then, I think I’m
speaking with some credibility now when I say the nutjobs are stuck on
The Islamofascists are a huge target for satire.
You might say that the suicide bombers are such a rich target that they can’t help but target themselves.
But now we’re afraid to offend them. We can’t make movies featuring the bad guys as bad guys.
That would be insensitive.
But by all means let’s put Kanye West in a crown of thorns on the cover of Rolling Stone.
“George Bush hates black people.”
Thus it was spoken during a telethon for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Another example of lack of decorum.
I don’t think Wendi Thomas realizes how easy it is to offend the followers of Islam.
Many Muslims believe that Islam prohibits depicting the prophet
Muhammad or arts depicting humans or animals; much Islamic art is
decorative calligraphy or arabesque.
Say goodbye to Garfield, Dilbert, Family Circus, B.C., and the rest of the comics page.
Say goodbye to editorial cartoons.
Say goodbye to most art.
Maybe such art isn’t so offensive afterall.
Maybe we should be more concerned about protecting our freedoms,
rather than worrying about the feelings of those prone to violent
Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go make an effigy of Glenn Reynolds.
But not because he’s offended my religious values.
It’s just a celebration of my artisitic freedom.