I apologize for the delayed response. I rarely have time to visit the forum. Publius and mcalpine both commit one of the most common logical fallacies. This fallacy is referred to as Ignoratio Elenchi (“ignorance of refutation”, Latin), Irrelevant Thesis, or more commonly a Red Herring. Interesting questions you raise but they have absolutely no relation to the argument I present. Regardless I can address both of your comments/questions with the following.
The acts of genocide in the Torah fit squarely into definition (a) Killing members of the group. However I would imagine that mcalpine already knew this and merely brought the issue up for sake of argument. Surely you would not have a motive to distort the truth.
To both Publius and mcalpine the remainder of this post contains the numerous acts of genocide commanded and/or committed in the Torah. But I imagine that you both are very well versed in this also. Oh…and if you have time, maybe you can come up with some comments that actually relate to my original post.
Genocide in the Torah:
9 And the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one.
11 . . . Jerusalem will dwell in security.
12 Now this will be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth.
13 It will come about in that day that a great panic from the LORD will fall on them; and they will seize one another’s hand, and the hand of one will be lifted against the hand of another.
14 Judah also will fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be gathered, gold and silver and garments in great abundance.
15 So also like this plague will be the plague on the horse, the mule, the camel, the donkey and all the cattle that will be in those camps.
24:1 Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.
24:6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
60:12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.
The children of Israel praying for the destruction of the “wicked.”
59:13 Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.
God’s supposed answer to the genocidal prayer in 59:13
101:8 I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.
Here are a few references where the god of Judaism commands the murder of all non-believers.
13:12 If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the LORD thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying,
13:13 Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known;
13:14 Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you;
13:15 Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword.
13:16 And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the LORD thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again.
13:17 And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the LORD may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers;
17:2 If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant,
17:3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded;
17:4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel:
17:5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.
17:6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
17:7 The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.
References for other acts of genocide against those who are not “Jewish”.
7:2, 16, 20-23