Why is Bible thumping considered bad?
Via dictionary.com, we find that thump means:
To beat with or as if with a blunt object so as to produce a muffled sound or thud.
Obviously, one does not want to be thumped, personally. It could be painful. But is it wrong to thump a book? Especially if nobody else is using it at the time?
Is thumping not, in fact, a free and creative musical expression, akin to other proletarian percussion, of the sort exploited and commercialized by the Blue Man Group and Stomp (like beating trash cans)? Is this form of music, book-thumping, inherently inferior to any other?
And most importantly, if some book thumping is good, does the content of the book affect the artistic effect of the expression? Or is the color and message of the book meaningless compared with paper type, size, and the all-important cover thickness? If the content of the book affects the artistic (or other) merit of the thumping, then what do people think would be good books for a thumping performance?
Obviously, a stereotypical radical might be expected to thump Chomsky, Zinn, Alinsky, Marx and Lenin. Now, I don't want to get Conservative or anything, but do any of these noted and respectable works have the sheer panache of the Bible? While the Communist Manifesto spawned a worldwide revolution that has lasted over 150 years, can that really compare with the Bible, whose words have made and broken kingdoms and empires for thousands of years? Do any of those books have anywhere near the same number of pages or words as the Bible? Are any modern radical works Perhaps I should mention the many different sizes the Bible comes in, from the size of a tombstone to micro editions that fit in someone's pocket. Or the many different colors and paper width and languages available. One might be able to create a full twelve-tone ensemble simply out of thumping different editions of the Bible.