I am simply stumped today. Perusing my daily news sites I came across these two things that frankly shocked me.
As of 2009, there is no fully conservative translation of the Bible which satisfies the following ten guidelines:
Framework against Liberal Bias: providing a strong framework that enables a thought-for-thought translation without corruption by liberal bias
Not Emasculated: avoiding unisex, "gender inclusive" language, and other modern emasculation of Christianity
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[
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".
Combat Harmful Addiction: combating addiction by using modern terms for it, such as "gamble" rather than "cast lots" using modern political terms, such as "register" rather than "enroll" for the census
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.
Express Free Market Parables; explaining the numerous economic parables with their full free-market meaning
Exclude Later-Inserted Liberal Passages: excluding the later-inserted liberal passages that are not authentic, such as the adulteress story
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
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."
Wow, just… wow. Rewriting the bible to skew it towards your ideology. The ONLY things out of this list I could understand is changing ‘cast lots’ to ‘gamble’. Everything else is pure bullshit. Yes lets get rid of the word ‘peace’ because its changed meaning, and the bible should not talk about peace. I guess they are going to replace it with ‘war’. I think my favorite parts are they want the bible to push ‘free market parables’ and they want the bible to push how men should be bossing around women.
The other shocker today comes in video form:
I originally caught the link here. Don’t forget to hit the link to part 2 of the video on that page.
Can someone please get the Secret Service involved? If this guy is telling the truth he, and his ‘clan members’ need to be brought down and thrown in jail. What they are planning is nothing more than terrorism. You can dislike Obama all you want, but threatening to overthrow the government by violence is terrorism plain and simple.
While I am trying to leave the US its not because I don’t love the US. I do, its a great country full of great people, but frankly this kind of stuff flat out scares me. More and more its being quietly encouraged by hate filled talk radio and some politicians and the media. The more people hear it, the more they think its ok and that their views are in the mainstream, when they are not. I saw one interview (sorry I can’t remember who it was, or where it was) and this guy said that this was exactly the type of thing that was going on in Israel when the Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a radical right wing crazy, who felt as if he was saving the country from a ‘dire fate’. He also tried to defend the assassination on religious grounds. These are the fires being stoked right now and that scares me.
*edit* I actually did call this one in to the Secret Service. The guy may be joking, the guy may be real, but in either case its not something I want to just wait to see what happens.