Fundamentalist Preacher Uses Unintentionally Hilarious Photo For Ebook Cover

Fundamentalist Preacher Doug Seahorne decided to write a book about child-rearing, entitled Bible Principles of Child Discipline (from the book of Proverbs). To grace the cover of his wholesome ebook, he hit up Google Image Search and stumbled across what he felt was the perfect picture to embody the Biblical principles of disciplining one's child, a picture of a loving husband and wife with their two beautiful daughters and one adorable son. That picture was this:


Pastor Seahorne chose Modern Family's dysfunctional Dunphy family, who in addition to being the intellectual property of Disney, are probably the most ironic family he could have chosen this side of the Bundys. The pastor responded on Facebook once he learned that the picture was from "a wicked TV show involving a gay couple!" with a litany of excuses, including that he hasn't had a TV in 35 years and that he assumed results on Google Image Search were not copyrighted. The ebook is no longer available on Amazon, and the Facebook post has either been deleted or blocked, but nothing truly vanishes on the Internet.



  1. kit says

    Yeah, I’m not sure that someone this out of touch with the world (thought images he found randomly surfing the web through Google were not copyrighted?) is a good person from whom to take child-rearing advice. Also, he’s an idiot. And a bigot. So, you know… no.

  2. Bill says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for using the word, “Fundamentalist” and not that Newspeak term, “Evangelical.” Christian fundamentalists coined the term fundamentalist and, now that it’s being applied to other intransient scriptural literalists of other faiths, they are distancing themselves from it. Don’t let them!

  3. andrew says

    It is hard to understand how anyone who can read would suggest using the bible as a moral compass for family life and child rearing. In Leviticus 20,9: we read that anyone who curses his parents shall be put to death. In Genesis 19: we read that Lot, who the NT calls a just man, offers his two virgin daughters to the mob of sex crazed men at Sodom. In Genesis 22: we read how Abraham tied up his son Isaac and laid him on the wood pile to be a holocaust to Yahweh. In the Book of Judges we read about how the Israelite leader Jephthah sacrificed his only daughter to Yahweh in exchange for victory over the Ammonites. In Proverbs 23: we read that you should beat your son with the rod. In Proverbs 22: we are told that the rod of discipline will drive folly from the heart of a child. In Sirach 7,23: we are told to bend their necks from childhood. In Sirach 30,12:Bend him to the yoke. Thrash his sides while he is still small. Make heavy his yolk. Anyone who uses the bible as a moral guide in these and MANY other matters should be locked up in prison.

  4. anon says

    Fundamentalists don’t typically bother to learn Hebrew when studying the old testament, which leads to all sorts of bad interpretations. Old Hebrew is also not a completely well understood language. Thus, it would behoove them to be a bit modest about their effort, but modesty is not their strong suit. “Curses” in the example above, probably comes from “Hexes”, or puts a spell on, rather than “swears at”, as modern English speakers would imagine. However, this is a small part of the problem of trying to live by biblical aphorisms.

    The sad part of this story is that people would naturally think the photo is of the author’s family, and using his own family would have made the most sense. However, it’s good for free publicity.

  5. Rrhain says

    What people don’t seem to understand is that in the US, everything is copyrighted.


    The mere existence of a piece of work automatically attaches copyright. You don’t need to register with the Copyright Office (though that helps in establishing who owns copyright), you don’t need to put a copyright symbol or notice on it, you don’t need to do anything. The mere existence of a piece of work is, under US law, automatically copyrighted.

    The only way you get to use a piece of work from someone else is to either license it from them or by them to place the work in the public domain (or wait however many years Congress wants the copyright term to last these days.)

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