Monday, October 5, 2009

Conservatives Strive To Remove "Liberalism" from The Bible

More right wing revisionism. According to the Conservative Bible Project, the Bible is too liberal. Or at least, they believe the interpretation of many is too liberal, so they are creating a translation of their own that reflects their personal ideology. Some changes are minor, but others would change the fundamental meaning of many passages. Here is their outline for their changes (emphasis mine):

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".

5. Combat Harmful Addiction: combating addiction by using modern terms for it, such as "gamble" rather than "cast lots";[5] using modern political terms, such as "register" rather than "enroll" for the census

6. Accept the Logic of Hell: applying logic with its full force and effect, as in not denying or downplaying the very real existence of Hell or the Devil.

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

8. Exclude Later-Inserted Liberal Passages: excluding the later-inserted liberal passages that are not authentic, such as the adulteress story

9. Credit Open-Mindedness of Disciples: crediting open-mindedness, often found in youngsters like the eyewitnesses Mark and John, the authors of two of the Gospels

10. Prefer Conciseness over Liberal Wordiness: preferring conciseness to the liberal style of high word-to-substance ratio; avoid compound negatives and unnecessary ambiguities; prefer concise, consistent use of the word "Lord" rather than "Jehovah" or "Yahweh" or "Lord God."
I mean, is there anything that modern day right wingers don't think has a liberal bias? Talk about a crutch! I find this whole thing laughable.


J. Marquis said...

Oh my God.

Dave Splash said...

I know. There is, literally, nothing that conservatives won't try to revise and put a political spin on. First it was the Constitution, then the so-called evangelism of the Founding Fathers, and now the conservative bible. These righties need to get over themselves. Not everything is political.