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posted Friday, December 21, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 51
God's word: Gay is good!
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New 'Queen James' Bible makes holy writ LGBT-friendly

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

In an effort to resolve 'longstanding interpretive ambiguity in key Bible passages regarding homosexuality,' a new version of the classic King James Bible, dubbed The Queen James Bible, is laying claim to be the first ever Gay-friendly version of the Holy Scriptures.

Available at Amazon.com, the new Bible - emblazoned with a large rainbow cross on the front cover - is described as a 'big, fabulous Bible' that draws its name from King James I of England, who was behind the venerable 1611 translation (substantially revised in 1769) that is still widely used throughout the English-speaking world.

'A WELL-KNOWN BISEXUAL'
According to the new Bible's publisher, the King was 'a well-known Bisexual - though he did marry a woman, his many Gay relationships were so well-known that amongst some of his friends and court, he was known as 'Queen James.'

The new version updates several passages from the original that address homosexuality, but otherwise faithfully follows the KJV. Its website explains that 'homosexuality was first overtly mentioned in the Bible in 1946 in the Revised Standard Version. There is no mention of or reference to homosexuality in any Bible prior to this - only interpretations have been made.' The new edits, the publisher says, are only 'for interpretive clarity' and they 'all confirm that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality, and therefore renders such interpretations impossible.

'You can't choose your sexuality, but you can choose Jesus. Now you can choose a Bible, too.'

GIVING GOD THE GLORY
The author is listed on Amazon as 'God,' and 'Jesus Christ' is listed as a contributor.

Not surprisingly, the arrival of The Queen James Bible has ruffled some feathers in the conservative Christian community.

'Few, if any, English translations use the actual words 'homosexuality' or 'homosexual.' But the history of English translation shows that versions have consistently used other language to refer to what we would call homosexual relationships,' Douglas J. Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College and a professional Bible translator, told The Christian Post.

The Huffington Post reports that Catholic Online also slammed the QJV as seeking to 'legitimize the homosexual equivalency movement' by changing the Bible's language so that it reads 'in a fashion different from [the] original intent.'

Information about the new Bible can be found online at www.queenjamesbible.com.

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