New 'Queen James Bible' Removes References to Homosexuality From Scripture
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- 2012 Dec 18
In an effort to eliminate all known Scripture references to homosexuality being sinful, a new gay-friendly "Bible" has been released, the Christian News Network reports. "We wanted to make a book filled with the word of God that nobody could use to incorrectly condemn God's LGBT children, and we succeeded," state the publishers of the "Queen James" version, which was published at the end of November. "You can't choose your sexuality, but you can choose Jesus. Now you can choose a Bible, too." The "Queen James" version, which features a rainbow homosexual cross on its cover, makes changes to eight scripture passages it feels have been wrongly construed to reference homosexuality. For example, instead of God's law in Leviticus 18:21 reading "Thou shall not lie with mankind as with womankind: it is abomination," it now reads, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind in the temple of Molech: it is an abomination," insinuating that homosexuality began as a pagan practice and is only prohibited when sexual acts are done in the name of paganism. In 1 Corinthians 6:9, the publishers replace the word "effeminate" with the phrase "morally weak." The edited Bible continues to garner criticism; one reviewer on Amazon writes, "You can change words in the Bible at your own peril, but just because you change the words to make yourself feel better about your grievous sin of homosexuality, it does not change the truth."