A common defense for the godly:
"Thou shalt not kill[murder?]"
Some think the rest of us are ignorant; incapable of checking their facts perhaps (afterall...their entire dogma is in one easy to acquire book or free to download.)
I shall now impeech your Bible with...your Bible.
In the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the Israelites, and say to them: When you cross over the Jordan into the land of Canaan, you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, destroy all their figured stones, destroy all their cast images, and demolish all their high places. You shall take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess (Num 33:50-53).
When the Lord your God brings you into the land that you are about to enter and occupy, and he clears away many nations before you — the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations mightier and more numerous than you — and when the Lord your God gives them over to you and you defeat them, then you must utterly destroy them. Make no covenant with them and show them no mercy (Deut 7:1-2).
But as for the towns of these peoples that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, you must not let anything that breathes remain alive. You shall annihilate them—the Hittites and the Amorites, the Canaanites and the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites—just as the Lord your God has commanded, so that they may not teach you to do all the abhorrent things that they do for their gods, and you thus sin against the Lord your God (Deut 20:16-18).
Then, when the Israelites encountered the Canaanite king of Arad on the way to the promised land, they prayed to Yahweh and he “listened to the voice of Israel, and handed over the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their towns; so the place was called Hormah” (Num 21:1-3). The Israelites later killed off a few other towns on their journey, Moses later reporting, “we utterly destroyed them… in each city utterly destroying men, women, and children (Deut 3:6). And lets not get started with the infamous book of Job or Leviticus which provided the back bone for enforcing slavary, killing other non-Jews/Christians (and themselves at times) and the subjugation of woman.
...they devoted to destruction by the edge of the sword all in the city, both men and women, young and old, oxen, sheep, and donkeys (Josh 6:21).
I dare the godly to excuse these holy mandates without resorting to "If God deem so thus so it must be right." Indeed this question of is religion inherently ethical is long old with its apex arriving during the Enlightenment Era. The common consensus was that 'Holy' does not equal ethics, morality is innate in nature and that people obey for fear of punishment rather then loving authority.
I beseech the reasoned here, let no godly who qoute the Exodus to copy-right morality. Either the bible fueled by the minds of man or the mind of a divine; and ANY issue in it must be defended if its fans assert that it is the final and unalterable truth. To cherry-pick morals from holy books and to ignore the outdated morals by the religious further supports the notion that these books are indeed not inherently holy. They don't REALLY want to outlaw shrimp - do they?
Leviticus 11:9-12 says:
9 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.
10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:
11 They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.
12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.