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JOMO KENYATTA (1892-1978), first prime minister of independent Kenya:
“When the Missionaries arrived, the Africans had the Land and the Missionaries had the Bible.
They taught us how to pray with our eyes closed.
When we opened them, they had the land and we had the Bible.”
[From Walker, John Frederick. A Certain Curve of Horn: The Hundred-Year Quest for the Giant Sable Antelope of Angola, 2004. Page 144. This has also been attributed to Archbishop Desmond Tutu.]
Written by Malcolm Hutton: National Secular Society 9 January 2009.
One could take action when a bible is presented in hotel or hospital. First of all, go
prepared with a yellow highlight pen and ask if the bible is yours to keep.
highlight some of the most damaging verses, such as:
Luke 14:26 – hate your mother and father
Matthew 10:34/36 – he came not for peace but with a sword
Psalm 137:9 – it will make you happy to dash your little ones…
What are the chances there’s a god out there, somewhere in or beyond the Universe and responsible for it and us?
It is fitting to bring Bertrand Russell's concept of a sun-orbiting china teapot into this deliberation—or the Flying Spaghetti Monster—and let’s try judging similarly. Think up something new, whatever you like that is implausible and untestable, much like the teapot or spaghetti monster, and then consider the chances of its actually existing anyway. The answer is…
HOLY BOOK BLUNDERS
According to biblical morality and authority the following are fine and natural:
Slavery (Exodus 21:7); 1 Peter 1:18; Ephesians 6: 5-9.
Rape (Deuteronomy 22: 28-29);
Child Abuse (Proverbs 22:15);
Misogyny (1 Timothy 2:12);
Incest (Genesis 19: 32-35);
Prejudice (2 John 1:10).
According to biblical morality and authority the following are evil, wrong, and unnatural:
Eating Pork (Leviticus 11:7);
Eating shellfish (Leviticus…