Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The Bible Has a Liberal Bias

Just when I thought conservatives couldn't get any crazier, I read about some men who think the Bible needs editing, not just for accuracy, but because it's too liberal. They're the inspiration behind the Conservative Bible Project:
Liberal bias has become the single biggest distortion in modern Bible translations. [...] Large reductions in this error can be attained simply by retranslating the KJV into modern English.
Here's an example of the liberal bias they find problematic:
Socialistic terminology permeates English translations of the Bible, without justification. This improperly encourages the "social justice" movement among Christians.

For example, the conservative word "volunteer" is mentioned only once in the ESV, yet the socialistic word "comrade" is used three times, "laborer(s)" is used 13 times, "labored" 15 times, and "fellow" (as in "fellow worker") is used 55 times.
Social justice=socialism? No wonder this Catholic writer said about their project: "Right wing dementia marches on apace." And conservative BeliefNet writer Rod Dreher had this opinion:
More seriously, the insane hubris of this really staggers the mind. These right-wing ideologues know better than the early church councils that canonized Scripture? They really think it's wise to force the word of God to conform to a 21st-century American idea of what constitutes conservatism? These jokers don't worship God. They worship ideology.
Sorry, Conservapedia guys, but Jesus was the ultimate liberal progressive revolutionary of all history. You can't change that - no matter how hard you try to rewrite the Bible into your own image.


K. said...

That sound you heard was my jaw hitting the floor. They really are amazing in their ability to always find new depths of lunacy.

Kvatch said...

...and you just can't get all that liberal bias out of the Bible unless you also deal with the Ten Commandments.

Just sayin'. ;-)

K. said...

My favorite of the ten guidelines:

7. Express Free Market Parables; explaining the numerous economic parables with their full free-market meaning.

There was no such thing as a free market when Jesus supposedly preached, nearly 18 centuries before Adam Smith introduced the concept. And whatever Jesus might have been, he wasn't an economist. At least this offers an explanation for last year's financial meltdown: It was God's will.

Kathy said...

K, no free markets, but there were money changers in Jesus' day. I think conservatives probably approve of that being in the bible and will edit it in a friendly light.

Kvatch, that is a great list! #8 is my favorite.

JollyRoger said...

The Jesusistanis have been ignoring the edicts of Jesus Christ since the era of the Puritans.

People need to understand what Puritanism was all about. Among other things, Puritanism held that the poor were forsaken by God, and anyone who didn't believe what the Puritans believed was deemed subhuman. Roger Williams founded Rhode Island in an attempt to get the hell away from America's first right wing scumbag idiots.

The Puritans were very much on the minds of the Founders when they wrote the Constitution. Most of the Founders found Christianity abhorrent, and they had their reasons.