Last year pastor Terry Jones outraged the global community when he went through with a plan to burn the Koran. But the Muslim holy book isn’t the only holy book that is filled with “immoral” passages. An atheist group in California is holding a demonstration this weekend where they will rip out pages in the bible in order to rid the good book from “immoral” teachings.
Bruce Gleason, director of Backyard Skeptics, said:
“We’re not there to burn the Bible or desecrate. But there are plenty verses in the Bible that if you did any of those things today, you’d be thrown in jail immediately.”
The OC Register notes that one passage that will be removed from the bible is from Deuteronomy 22: 14-31, which says “if a man finds his wife not to be a virgin, the community can stone her.”
Gleason says that his group will trim down the bible much like Thomas Jefferson did. Jefferson’s Bible, which the Smithsonian National Museum of American History is currently restoring, contained just 86-pages of the spiritual tome.
“We will have copies of the Jefferson Bible.. Out of 1,100 pages he only kept (86) of them. This is one of our Founding Fathers.
“We want to make this a better world for secular and humanistic values. We don’t believe prayer works. We don’t believe religion adds anything except a sense of false hope.”
Gleason will stream the Backyard Skeptics demonstration on UStream at 2 p.m.
What do you think of the Backyard Skeptics demonstration? Are Christians wrong to read these “immoral passages?” Are the backyard skeptics wrong to preach their beliefs to other people? Will having Jefferson’s bible on hand confuse Christian fundamentalists? Can’t we all just get along?