In a letter to the editor published today, December 22, (MANY months after the supposed birth of jesus but three days before what most ignorant christians celebrate as his birthday - assuming he was ever born) he claims that the bible holds wisdom.
As I've said in Not Your God posting, there is "wisdom" in the bible - like what to do with your son if he speaks back to you and how to treat your slaves. Without rehashing everything that has been said many many times (something Michael J. Fox has no problem doing), let's look at his letter to the editor (you can find it online at theobserver.ca):
Sir:God's word is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. (Agreed - earth is still flat, world is less than 10,000 years old, the sun still rotates around the earth, the moon still emits light. However, it is interpreted differently today than it has been in the past.)
The Bible says the wisdom of the world is foolishness to God. It says in the Good Book (Good Book? Try a great book, The God Delusion, some time!) that when the king, the leader of the people, is corrupt, the people will mourn. When the king is righteous and just, they will rejoice. (That may explain why everyone is mourning, "god" is not righteous. That evil bastard killed because of jealousy!)
The love of money is the root of all evil. (That explains why the church is so evil!)
God's word says to be fruitful and multiply. It also states the rich oppress the poor. (And it does a WONDERFUL job of oppressing the poor - "You're broke? Give what you have to the church because we have some lawsuits to pay out or some expensive art to purchase or some massive buildings to build!")
Words of true wisdom. To end this letter, the Bible also says a house divided against itself will fall. That is countries, cities and families. (Religion is the greatest divider.)
I should not pick on Mr. Fox, I understand that. He has been lied to his whole life and we can hardly fault someone for that. However, his perpetuation of such horrid myths is what makes him worthy of criticism.
From the context of his letter, I would venture to say that he has never read his bible. Aside from being completely wrong about so many things, the book is a terrible moral guide.
You know you're dealing with an ignorant person when they try to use a source that contradicts, completely, the point they're trying to make. If anyone tries to bolster their argument for faith by saying "It says in the bible...", you've got a live one worth engaging - check out the Skeptics Annotated Bible. You'll find some lovely stuff there!