Lon Mabon and the Real Queen Esther
by Cliff Walker
in response to the article "He's Back"
in the February 11, 1998 issue of Willamette Week

Condensed version, 230 words without signature.

February 15, 1998

Regarding Lon Mabon's identifying with Queen Esther, the story of Ester's rise power is overlooked by biblicists for good cause. This story shows the Bible to be the despicable book that it is.

King Ahasuerus summoned his wife, Queen Vashti, presumably wearing only her crown, to display her beautiful body before his bawdy guests. Vashti refused to degrade herself, and he banished her for upholding her womanly honor.

According to Esther, Chapter 2, it took Ahasuerus nearly three years to find replacement for Vashti. "All the fair young virgins" in the land were brought to the palace. Each evening, a different woman was brought into the King's chamber and remained until the next morning. A thousand young women were sacrificed upon the king's altar of lust.

Finally, "the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti." Mind you, no language in the Bible denounces Ahasuerus' actions.

Why, then, would Mabon identify with Esther? Has he studied the story of her rise to power? And what is the nature of Mabon's rise to power? Did he prostitute himself to that contemptible group which eventually became the Oregon Citizens Alliance and the Christian Coalition, that he may "obtain favor in their sight"?

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Response from Mark Zusman.

From: Mark_L._Zusman@wweek.com (Mark L. Zusman)
To: editor@positiveatheism.org
Subject: Re: Re: "He's Back"
Date: 14 Feb 1998 20:04:59 GMT

Mr. Walker,

if you can cut your letter in half, we would be pleased to publish it.

Thanks,

Mark Zusman

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Original version, 461 words.

February 13, 1998

Regarding Lon Mabon's identifying himself with Queen Esther, the story of Queen Ester's rise power (according to the Bible), is summarily overlooked by biblicists -- and for good cause. Stories like that of Ester's rise to power clearly show the Bible to be the degrading and despicable book that it is. This story alone disqualifies Bible from being a moral guide in any sense of the term.

It seems that King Ahasuerus demands that his wife enter the chambers of his drunken revelry, presumably wearing only her crown, to display her beautiful body before the eyes of his bawdy guests, for the Bible very plainly says, "she was very fair to look upon." Queen Vashti refused to degrade herself, and was dismissed (divorced) because she upheld her womanly honor.

It took Ahasuerus nearly three years, by his personally tested method, to find a woman to replace her in the Royal household. The Book of Esther, Chapter 2, Verses 12-14 tell us:

"Now when every maid's turn was come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months, according to the manner of the women,...

"Then thus came every maiden unto the king; whatsoever she desired was given her to go with her out of the house of the women unto the king's house.

"In the evening she went, and on the morrow she returned ... she came in unto the king no more, except the king delighted in her, and that she were called by name."

In other words, for twelve months these virgins were prepared in the Royal Beauty Parlor. This testing method consumed a period of nearly three years. If the performance continued night after night, and the Bible leads one to believe it did, more than 1,000 young women were sacrificed upon the altar of lust.

Finally, the king made his decision, as described in verse 17:

"And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti."

Mind you, no language in the Bible narrative denounces this act. Such behavior is business as usual among those who are today seen as Bible heroes.

So then, why would Lon Mabon identify with Queen Esther? Has he studied the disgusting story of her life and her rise to power? (And how many voters give lip service to a book they have never read?)

And what is the nature of Mabon's rise to power? Is it that he is willing to prostitute himself to such a contemptible group as eventually became the Oregon Citizens Alliance and the Christian Coalition, that he may "obtain grace and favor in their sight"?

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