"PORNABLE," "PORNADY," AND DRAG IN REVELATION 17
I think for many of us we read the scriptures and pass over verses and sometimes whole chapters and not realize the explicit graphic sexual and violent content that is found within them. With the help of Queer Theory and a bit of Poststructrualist pizzazz, I seek to disrupt a normal reading of Revelation 17 as an attempt to bring about more dialogue and to help others to see the divinely inspired horror that lies within some of our sacred biblical passages.
First, a link to the "real" Revelation 17
And now, what the Ooze writer has to say.
We have an interesting situation where this mysterious messenger with seven bowls in hand came to this supposed holy man named John. We are not sure if this messenger was a guy or a girl but whoever he or she was, he/she was perfect. I am not sure what was in the bowls but whatever it was sure smelled funny. This messenger strangely enough, wanted to take John of all people, to a sadistic porno of sorts starring an amazingly beautiful and alluring drag queen prostitute. Apparently John did not resist.
Little did John know that this kinky sexcapade would also involve some kind of animal or wild beast dressed in some sort of weird sex suit with some horns and heads sticking out of it with whom the fancifully dressed prostitute would ride like a wild cowgirl while she spewed nasty, degrading and blasphemous dirty talk at the poor animal.
compare that with the real thing.
1One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. 2With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries."
3Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. 4The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. 5This title was written on her forehead:
BABYLON THE GREAT
THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.
First, there is nothing pornographic about what the Bible really says here. It is a view of evil, yes, but there is no hint of what the emergent writer is trying to find it in.
Second, there is no hint in the biblical passage of the harlot spewing "nasty, degrading and blasphemous dirty talk at the poor animal". The biblical passage does, however, say "the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus". If this emergent joker is trying to say that the beast the woman rode on is the church, than I would say that he or she has not clue on how to read.
This emergent's perversion of the biblical account of the vision given to John has to rank among the most vile things I've ever read.