I have no idea who has perpetrated the myth that prostitution is the oldest profession. This morning, I offer biblical evidence that demonstrates it is, in fact, lobbying.
The relevant passage I wish to offer, from Genesis Chapter 3, as quoted in the classic King James’s Bible, is as follows:
“3 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
So there we have it. The devil had a clear lobbying objective – to get Adam to eat of the tree in the middle of the garden, in defiance of God. In the earliest recorded example of a third party advocacy strategy, the devil signed up Eve to promote his objective on his behalf. It worked a treat.
So next time Guido Fawkes accuses any of us of being “whores of democracy”, please remind him that we have existed far longer than whores. Er, and yes, it seems we are the devil!