Holy shit (pun intended), the right wing want to rewrite the bible

I know today is Monday, and should therefor be a musical post, but I wanted to post on this topic first while it was fresh on my mind, and I’ll post a belated Music Monday tomorrow (and it will be an artist that I would guess rather few of you will be familiar with).

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Sometimes I just love PZ Myers…

Like when he brings to my attention that Conservapedia (the bat-shit insane right wing WikiPedia wannabe) is working on a project to edit the bible.

So of course the first question that comes to mind, is why would the same fucktards who claim the inerrancy of the bible want to change it, well:

As of 2009, there is no fully conservative translation of the Bible which satisfies the following ten guidelines:[2]

  1. Framework against Liberal Bias: providing a strong framework that enables a thought-for-thought translation without corruption by liberal bias
  2. Not Emasculated: avoiding unisex, “gender inclusive” language, and other modern emasculation of Christianity
  3. Not Dumbed Down: not dumbing down the reading level, or diluting the intellectual force and logic of Christianity; the NIV is written at only the 7th grade level[3]
  4. Utilize Powerful Conservative Terms: using powerful new conservative terms as they develop;[4] 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”.

The list continues, but as this clearly shows, it’s about making it more right wing. Not correcting historical errors, or theological flaws, or even translation mistakes, but making it more conservative.

So how will they “fix” the bible, you ask. Well, I am glad you asked:

Here are possible approaches to creating a conservative Bible translation:

  • identify pro-liberal terms used in existing Bible translations, such as “government”, and suggest more accurate substitutes
  • identify the omission of liberal terms for vices, such as “gambling”, and identify where they should be used
  • identify conservative terms that are omitted from existing translations, and propose where they could improve the translation
  • identify terms that have lost their original meaning, such as “word” in the beginning of the Gospel of John, and suggest replacements, such as “truth”

They do give a few example of the kind of thing that needs to be fixed, including:

The earliest, most authentic manuscripts lack this verse set forth at Luke 23:34:[7]

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Is this a liberal corruption of the original? This does not appear in any other Gospel, and the simple fact is that some of the persecutors of Jesus did know what they were doing. This quotation is a favorite of liberals but should not appear in a conservative Bible.

The last thing I want to point out is that under the heading “Advantages to a Conservative Bible Online”, they list out 10 or so, including:

  • liberal bias – and lack of authenticity – become easier to recognize and address
  • supported by conservative principles, the project can be bolder in uprooting and excluding liberal distortions
  • the project can adapt quickly to future threats from liberals to biblical integrity
  • the ensuing debate would flesh out — and stop — the infiltration of churches by liberals pretending to be Christian, much as a vote by legislators exposes the liberals
  • this would debunk the pervasive and hurtful myth that Jesus would be a political liberal today

Well, at least we know it’s not a partisan thing at all, right?

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About Rodibidably

Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry – DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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6 Responses to Holy shit (pun intended), the right wing want to rewrite the bible

  1. KineticDroid says:

    LOL @ this article.

    Better visit my blog, i show all the truth.

    http://saltydroid.wordpress.com/

  2. Anonymous says:

    Muslims Believe In JESUS
    (Peace be upon him)

    To know more please visit : http://islam100.wordpress.com

    We are presenting this not to placate you out of policy or diplomacy. We are only articulating what our Creator had commanded us in the Noble Qur’an (Which is translated as follows);

    “Say (O Muslim), “We believe in Allah and that which has been sent down to us and that which has been sent down to Abraham (Abraham), Isma’il (Ishmael), Ishaque (Isaac), Ya’qub (Jacob), and to Al-Asbat [the twelve sons of Ya’cub (Jacob)], and that which has been given to Musa (Moses) and ‘Iesa (Jesus), and that which has been given to the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we have submitted (in Islam)”. [Chapter 2: verse 136]

    As Muslims we have no choice. We had said in many words:

    ” WE BELIEVE IN ONE CREATOR, WE BELIEVE IN ALL HIS PROPHETS, WE BELIEVE, THAT JESUS (peace be upon him) WAS ONE OF THE MIGHTIEST PROPHETS OF GOD, THAT HE WAS THE MESSIAH AS WELL AS THE WORD OF GOD, THAT HE WAS BORN MIRACULOUSLY- WITHOUT ANY MALE INTERVENTION (which many modern-day Christians do not believe today) , THAT HE GAVE LIFE TO THE DEAD BY GOD’S PERMISSION, AND THAT HE HEALED THOSE BORN BLIND AND THE LEPERS BY GOD’S PERMISSION.”

    Islam respects all religions. Nevertheless, Muslims consider the view of Christendom to be a misguided one. The Noble Qur’an highlights the important aspects of Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him) mother, his birth, his mission and his ascension to heaven.
    VIRGIN MARY:
    Story of Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him) in the Noble Qur’an starts with the conception of his mother, Mary, when the wife of Imran, Mary’s mother, vowed to dedicate her child to the service of God in the temple. This is mentioned in the following verses (Which is translated as follows);

    “(Remember) when the wife of ‘Imran said: “O my Lord! I have vowed to You what (the child that) is in my womb to be dedicated for Your services (free from all worldly work; to serve Your place of worship), so accept this, from me. Verily, You are the All-Hearer, the All-Knowing” “Then when she delivered her child [Maryam (Mary)], she said: “O my Lord! I have delivered a female child,” — and Allah knew better what she delivered, — “And the male is not like the female, and I have named her Maryam (Mary), and I seek refuge with You (Allah) for her and for her offspring from Shaitan (Satan), the outcast.” “So her Lord (Allah) accepted her with goodly acceptance, He made her grow in a good manner and put her under the care of Zakariya (Zachariya). Every time he entered Al-Mihrab (a praying place or private room) to (visit) her, he found her supplied with sustenance. He said: “O Maryam (Mary)! from where have you got this?” She said “This is from Allah” Verily, Allah provides sustenance to whom He wills, without limit” [Chapter 3: verses 35-37]

    • Rodibidably says:

      Anonymous,
      You OBVIOUSLY did not read this post or anything else on this blog.

      To set you straight:
      I think christianity is bullshit
      I think islam is bullshit
      I think those who believe in either are deluded, ignorant, stupid, naive, or some combination of those.
      I find quoting from some “holy book” to be meaningless drivel and a sign that you don’t really understand what this post or this blog are all about. You’re seemingly only capable of parroting crap you’ve heard before and you’re unable to think for yourself.

      Any questions?

  3. poietes says:

    Hey. I stumbled upon your blog on blogsurfer.us. I love this post. The Bible definitely needs to be more conservative because god knows that liberals don’t know anything about god or religion or any of that stuff. A good, right-wing bible will make it clear who is saved and who is not…cannot wait for the edition with pictures.

    • Rodibidably says:

      poietes,
      Cool to know that blogsurfer.us is actually getting some people to read my blog. I have been curious about the actual effectiveness of it.

      While I have no use for the bible myself, I find it quite interesting that people who claim that it is the word of god are willing to edit it, not due to new information about old translations, but due solely to political ideology.

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