Thursday, June 12, 2014

Are You Kidding Me?

When I first saw the following story, I thought it was a joke.  But then I saw that it was a legitimate news source (The Oklahoman) and written by reporter Carla Hinton, I sadly realized that it's true.  Here's the story in its entirety:
“The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible” will be released in October, Thomas Nelson publishers announced today.
I know that many Oklahomans are interested in the hit reality TV show “Duck Dynasty” so I thought this news might be of interest. Late last year, I received a slew of emails and mail when I asked readers if A&E, the cable network that airs “Duck Dynasty,” was right in suspending Duck Commander head Phil Robertson from the show because of comments his comments that were printed in a magazine article.
According to a new release, “The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible” will focus on the Robertson’s five core values: faith, family, fellowship, forgiveness and freedom and will be released in the King James Version.
It also will include “30 life-changing testimonials along with 125 ‘Set Your Sights’ features from Phil and Al (Robertson), who serve as executive editors on the project,” the news release stated.
For those who don’t already know it, Al Robertson is Phil Robertson’s oldest son.The Bible project, which is set for an Oct. 28 release, also will include 52 Bible reading plans each from the father-son duo.Robert Sanford, vice president and and associate publisher for Thomas Nelson’s Bible Group, said the publisher is honored and excited to be working with Phil and Al Robertson.
“The Robertson family’s passion for the Word is infectious and the impact of their ministry is amazing. We see this Bible as being something people can grow with in their own personal walk with God,” Sanford said in the news release.
Back when I was still attending church (before I realized nothing short of a Quaker meeting would work for me), I found all kinds of church-related sources that accused anyone who believed in the idea of "creation care" - that is to actually care for the planet and all its creatures - to be practicing heresy.  Yet this type of book can be published with much praise from the right.  And they wonder why so many people have turned their back on organized religion.  Give me heresy any day.

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