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Nearly 30 percent of Americans take the Bible literally. Thomas Nelson will publish a Duck Dynasty Bible. Matthew Vines on same-sex sex in the Bible.


  1. Duck Commander: “the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers – they won’t inherit the Kingdom of God.”
    And what about female prostitutes? Are “homosexual offenders” gay men who pile up traffic tickets?
    This bible sounds like a cartoon. Shame on Thomas Nelson for cashing in on hatred and arrogance.

    • Marriage – “The act of uniting a man and woman for life; wedlock; the legal union of a man and woman for life. Marriage is a contract” – Webster’s Dictionary, 1828.

      To state marriage as, “between man and woman” is fact, not hate.

      The difference between the Bible and a cartoon is that you have seen the cartoon, but have you read the Bible? Do not judge the book by its cover. Read it and find out for yourself.

      • Man not a myth

        Luckily this is 2014, not 1828.

        noun \ˈmer-ij, ˈma-rij\
        : the relationship that exists between a husband and a wife
        : a similar relationship between people of the same sex
        : a ceremony in which two people are married to each other

        marriage – the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) : the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage

        So by dictionary meaning to state marriage is only “between man and woman” is false.

        Lucky for us we also know the Old Testament was false in telling the earth to be flat.

        • To understand a man you must understand the originality in which he speaks. To re-define what a man says is to change what he says. If Congress can legislate meanings of the English dictionary than freedom of speech has also been re-defined and the Constitution was a waste of many quill.

          Let me explain:
          I understand what you meant when you said, “Lucky for us we also know the Old Testament was false in telling the earth to be flat.”

          You actually meant, “Lucky for us we also know the Old Testament was false in telling us the earth was flat.”

          To define your words in contradiction to what you intended it to mean is wrong. If it is not wrong, than I re-define the word “false” to mean accurate and the word “flat” to mean spherical.

        • So because it’s in the dictionary it’s OK? Do you know that disgusting, immoral, damnation are also in the dictionary? God is very clear on marriage and it is one man and one woman, no matter how much you want to spin it otherwise.

    • Shame on Thomas-Nelson to resorting to stunts and cheap tricks to sell God’s inspired word. Seems like they’re selling out to the world instead of revering Christ.

      • oh cmon being a Christian is not using hate against anyone, and not to hide behind religion to use hate, intolerance, bigotry and prejudice, but to be tolerant and love and accept about the real definition of christianity

    • lol he doesn’t even know the whole bible he is using religion to hide behind for his justification for hate, intolerance, bigotry and prejudice. it is now proven he is a member of white supremacist group that has strong ties with the KKK,,they always use religion to hide behind just like the Nazi’s did

  2. The Great God Pan

    ” Phil Robertson’s five core values: faith, family, fellowship, forgiveness and freedom.”

    What about “filth,” as in filthy unkempt beards and filthy camo outfits?

    • phil Robertson is so damned ugly and scarry full of hate and anger on his face..i feel sorry for him that he is so miserable..think of all the people he could help with his hundreds of millions instead of using it for heat, intolerance, racism and bigotry..everything Christianity is against!…everytime you hear about a minister using anti gay hate speech in sermons they always later get exposed to being gay

  3. Bible Literalism continues it’s slow death.

    Despite the tone of today’s roundup, the data itself (seen by clicking the link to Gallup), shows that the death of religion continues on schedule. The % viewing their chosen Bible (of the many different canons out there) as literal truth is about as low as ever (still over 10 points down from just a few decades ago), and the % seeing the many Bibles as just a bunch of fables is at an all time high.

    Nice to see people are continuing to wake up.

  4. Anne-Marie Shaffer

    LOL Nowhere in the Old Testament does it even allege that the Earth is flat. — Truth is truth no matter what year it is. Truth is truth no matter what is written. God created marriage when he created the universe and everything in it. He created it specifically between 1 man and 1 woman. Marriage is not a legal “contract”. Marriage existed before human laws and human. governments. — You may not like the Truth. You may choose to lie to yourself and deny the Truth. By it is still and forever will be the Truth.

    • Correct, the Bible does not say that the earth is flat. But for many many years literal believers had a hard time accepting that the Earth revolves around the sun because the Bible says, “The sun stood still.” And in the USA there are milions who deny the facts of evolution because they take genesis literally and think the earth is only 6000 years old. Yet this same literalist crowd will say that Christ’s words “This my body” were symbolic, not literal. And Leviticus condemns adulteres to death yet these literalists don’t kill adulterers in their congregations. But they jump all over Leviticus for its milder comment on homosexuality and ignore the fact that the passage is part of a condemnation of pagan temple worship where people usually had sex with the male priests. It’s more of a condemnation of idolatry than anything else. No wonder people get disgusted with the Bible.

  5. Watch out with those numbers on Portugal’s priests, this is a classic example of a factoid getting blown out of proportion.
    The 400 number comes from a former priest who heads an association for former priests numbering less than 200 people. In an interview with Lusa, our news agency, he drops the 400 figure but does not mention a timeframe or give any evidence for the number at all.

    Considering he has a vested interest, as his association advocates the end of forced celibacy for priests, its fair to ask where he got the number from and, most of all, 400 have left in what timeframe? Unfortunately the journalist didn’t think to probe… The take got picked up and published without any further details, and went from there to the BBC.

    Obviously some priests in Portugal leave to marry, this happens everywhere. Is it a huge problem? We can’t know until somebody gets some hard data.

    • Yonat Shimron

      Yonat Shimron

      Article author

      Very good point. Thank you for writing. I thought it looked suspicious and the only reason I included it was that the source seemed credible, the BBC.

  6. Yonat,
    I managed to ask the man in question, as he is part of a Facebook group I administer, about religious current affairs. Here is his reply, translated by me:

    “The interview lasted about an hour. The title was manipulated [referring to the original Lusa take]. I said that our association is aware of about 450 priests who asked for dispensations from their priestly obligations (whether they married afterwards or not is something else). I also mentioned that this figure relates to priests who were dispensed since the 1960’s, that is, after Vatican II.”

    So that explains that… much ado about nothing!

    Keep up the good work!

  7. ever notice how his face seems so full of anger and hate? lol he looks like a homeless person that would kill you, but I know he has hundreds of millions..i think he must be a self hating gay man, cause he is so obsessed with cherry picking the bible veruses against gay people..making himself obviously gay lol..their the most dangerous kind of people self hating closet case gay people..what is so scarry is he does anti gay hate white supremacist speeches.all over the south and it is scarry because a lot come and believe his lies

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