The Valentine’s Day issue of the best fish wrapping paper ever produced, The New York Times, included an editorial from SCOTT TUROW, PAUL AIKEN and JAMES SHAPIRO entitled, “Would the Bard Have Survived the Web?” These three wise men attempt to pander around some lame imaginary relationship between how intellectual property was treated in Shakespeare’s age and how it would most likely be treated today. I always find it funny that these Atheist-liberal-intellectual-elitist like to get paid top dollar for their opinions delivered from atop the intellectual cross of the “free press” so they can support an intellectual social class division. It is a liberal caliphate against those the NYT editors deem as stupid and well below their station.
With a dismissive tone the NYT editors give a conciliatory nod to those sites like ChristWire, who offer free and open publication of written works, while concurrently assigning these sites and their contributors little value in the formation of a robust, thriving civilization. They clearly want their NYT Caliph rules to govern tribute payment and shape the future Caliphate world with ideas that are paid for by the lower intellectual classes.
“Certainly there’s a place for free creative work online, but that cannot be the end of it. A rich culture demands contributions from authors and artists who devote thousands of hours to a work and a lifetime to their craft. Since the Enlightenment, Western societies have been lulled into a belief that progress is inevitable. It never has been. It’s the result of abiding by rules that were carefully constructed and practices that were begun by people living in the long shadow of the Dark Ages. We tamper with those rules at our peril.”
WWJD? He Wouldn’t Hire Ivy League, Pot Smoking Atheists or those that “devote thousands of hours to a work and a lifetime to their craft.” In the draught of the fishes, Luke 5:1-11, Jesus approaches common fishermen. It isn’t tried and tested marketing professionals or homosexual-loving-evolution-pandering-scholars Jesus is looking for to spread the word. These soon to be disciples are what the NYT editors would deem as failures in their current occupation and certainly not at the intellectual class level required for teaching others.
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
WWJD? He would ignore the Copyright Laws for distribution of His work.
Walk into any Church and you will receive AT NO COST a fully bound copy of the Bible. Some copies might even have pictures and references. Gideon has long carried out the mission of Christ in the free distribution of the scriptures in nearly any language. Amazon offers the Bible for free download to your Kindle or PC. You can’t say that about the NYT or the texts of made up religions, started by so called “authors”, being investigated by three letter government agencies.
WWJD? He would Copy and Distribute Freely.
Jesus was a pirate by today’s standards. He copied and fed the masses, for free, with five loaves and two fishes. Scott, Paul and James meet Matthew 14:13–21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:5-15.
WWJD? He would Change our Perception of Time.
The NYT editors cite the Enlightenment as the beginning of civilization’s progress. The date of publication printed atop the NYT rag is Christian based. Do they plan to start printing 4,498,878,103 completed orbits around the sun, 1 lunar revolution and 16 earth revolutions since the birth of earth? Duh. This would be confusing to the peoples.
WWJD? He would Change Civilization.
While even most Atheists recognize the impact of Christianity on civilization, even if they only cite wars and famine, there is little room for argument that the Christian evangelical movement is the basis for the exploration and exploitation of the Americas and the world. The NYT editors wish to create and exploit a lower intellectual class, but truthfully Jesus doesn’t care. While the grey lady has been in print since 1851, Jesus was doin’ it rite 1,851 years before that and will long after the old grey spinster is put to bed.
WWJD? He Would Use Parody Parables To Make Lasting Points.
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter–this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” – Matthew 26:34
The above quote is a parable of the parody below.
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. – Proverbs 31:6
WWJD? He Would Use the Words of Haters to Ignite the Faithful.
Do you really need examples?
In conclusion, SCOTT TUROW, PAUL AIKEN and JAMES SHAPIRO are defending much to do about nothing when it comes to the successes attributed to copyrighted materials or the intellectually determined Caliphate they propose. While Shakespeare had his moment and is lovely in a park production or even read aloud, it really isn’t the best tool to use if you just want to show how much you hate Jesus and get paid big bucks while doing it.