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Conservative Bible Revision: “just crazy”

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2009 by arievergreen

As if living by one’s interpretation (or one’s leader’s interpretation) of a very old book wasn’t enough, now some folks want to rewrite the book. Scary…

Lo and behold, the Bible has gotten too liberal, according to a group of conservatives. And it needs a little editing.

That’s the inspiration behind the Conservative Bible Project, which seeks to take the text back to its supposed right-wing roots.

So how can the Bible be conservatized? The group has proposed a Wikipedia-like group editing project. Some of the ideas would only bring the translation closer to the original. But others would fundamentally change the text.

Utilize Powerful Conservative Terms: using powerful new conservative terms as they develop; defective translations use the word “comrade” three times as often as “volunteer”; similarly, updating words which have a change in meaning, such as “word”, “peace”, and “miracle”.

I wonder what they think “peace” means now? Is it something you have to buy from Halliburton? Read the rest of the article. (Huffington Post)

“He said he was the voice of God on Earth”

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2009 by arievergreen

At knifepoint, Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her girlhood bedroom, she said, then led to a secluded mountain campsite, where a self-proclaimed prophet made her his 14-year-old polygamous “wife” in a quickie ceremony.

She testified that her captor raped her three or four times a day and threatened to kill her if she yelled or tried to escape.

“He told me he was a prophet,” Smart said under cross-examination by Mitchell’s lawyer. “He said he was the voice of God on Earth and that he would reign over God’s children until Jesus came.”

But she also said his religious revelations seemed to come only when he wanted something, or when he was trying to calm his wife.

Mitchell’s lawyers maintain he is incompetent and suggested that evidence of his delusions can be found in his religious rambling and writings, including a 27-page manifesto he called “The Book of Emmanuel David Isaiah.”

Smart said he read from the book repeatedly during her captivity, often sang hymns and laced his conversations with religious language. Throughout her captivity, Smart was forced to wear a white, ankle-length robe, a head scarf and two veils across her face.

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The Nightmare of Christianity

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2009 by arievergreen

Max Blumenthal, writing for the Nation, describes how a young man went from being oppressed as a young Christian, to rebellion via various occult traditions, to murder and suicide. The media played a part in blaming his violence on his beliefs during his rebellious phase, while avoiding or glossing over the crucial role his earlier brainwashing played in eroding his mental health. This story is three pages long, and well worth the read.

A few miles down the road from Colorado Springs [a home to James Dobson’s Focus on the Family], in the quiet bedroom community of Eldredge, a deeply disturbed young man named Matthew Murray followed the unfolding debacle at New Life Church [once under the stewardship of Pastor Ted Haggard] with an interest that bordered on obsession. Murray, a sallow-faced, bespectacled 24-year-old, had been indelibly scarred by a lifetime of psychological abuse at the hands of his charismatic Pentecostal parents. Murray’s mind became crowded with thoughts of death, destruction, and the killings he would soon carry out in the name of avenging what he called his “nightmare of Christianity.”

Read the rest and leave comments. What do you think will happen with the many kids being raised the same way Murray was?

Some Lutherans may leave over gay clergy

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2009 by arievergreen

Some members of a Lutheran group that just decided to accept gay clergy are considering switching to the more conservative Missouri Synod… Members of both branches of the Lutherans say some ELCA members who oppose gay clergy might feel uncomfortable in the Missouri Synod for other reasons. While the ELCA has ordained women for more than 30 years and has a liberal attitude toward theology, the Missouri Synod does not ordain women as pastors and believes the Bible to be the inerrant word of God.

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Gay bishops may further divide Episcopal Church

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , on August 18, 2009 by arievergreen

Just to be clear here, the wrongness is in the Bible being used to hurt people, not in the reforming of the Church. I think it’s wonderful the Episcopalians have made so much progress, but it’s disappointing that some in the Church want to split it in half so they can continue to oppress gay people despite the reforms.

Roughly six years after the consecration of a gay bishop triggered divisions in the Episcopal Church, clergy and lay leaders have recently voted to accept other gay or lesbian bishops and also to develop rites for same-sex marriages… “We wouldn’t have been quite so forceful and quite so pained if people hadn’t misused the Bible to beat us into second-class citizenship,” [Thomas Jackson, president of Oasis California, an LGBT ministry sponsored by the Bay Area-based Episcopal Diocese of California] said.

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6 killed in Pakistan as Muslims burn Christian homes

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , on August 1, 2009 by arievergreen

Six people were killed in Pakistan on Saturday when Muslim demonstrators set fire to houses in a Christian enclave and fighting broke out, local police said. Police said Muslims were enraged over an alleged desecration of pages in the Quran at a Christian wedding last Saturday, and held a rally to protest. The Quran is the Muslim sacred text. The Muslims went to the Christian community in Gojra City, 160 kilometers (100 miles) southwest of Lahore, and burned 40 to 50 houses. Muslims and Christians exchanged gunfire.

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