YouTube Tuesday: Bear with me

I know it’s Thursday – but I can’t let the week go by without my regular prescription of YouTube Tuesday…

It seems the story of Elisha the prophet and the two she-bears is popular with atheists at the moment for showing that God is an angry figment of our imagination. It cropped up in a comment thread here a few days ago, and has been mentioned in a couple of other posts around the atheist blogosphere.

I’ve never read the story (included below) with the understanding that the youths died. I’ve always thought a “mauling” didn’t involve a fatality. It certainly doesn’t in Rugby (though spectators often die of boredom).

23 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. “Go on up, you baldhead!” they said. “Go on up, you baldhead!” 24 He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.

Some bright spark has further mocked Elisha (risking the ire of a new generation of bears) – creating a video (containing graphic, but comic, violence and some language) to retell the story with Elisha portrayed as a Hip Hop Gangsta Rapper. Or something. It made me laugh – but be warned – it’s not for everyone. You’ll probably find it very offensive and regret watching it. I’ll probably regret posting it.