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My Take: Stop sugarcoating the Bible
The 17th century painting Judith Beheading Holofernes, by Artemisia Gentileschi, depicts a biblical scene.
February 25th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

My Take: Stop sugarcoating the Bible

Editor's note: Steven James is the author of more than 30 books, including "Flirting with the Forbidden," which explores forgiveness.

By Steven James, Special to CNN

(CNN) - The Bible is a gritty book. Very raw. Very real. It deals with people just like us, just as needy and screwed up as we are, encountering a God who would rather die than spend eternity without them.

Yet despite that, it seems like Christians are uncomfortable with how earthy the Bible really is. They feel the need to tidy up God.

For example, look in any modern translation of Isaiah 64:6, and you’ll find that, to a holy God, even our most righteous acts are like “filthy rags.” The original language doesn’t say “filthy rags”; it says “menstrual rags.” But that sounds a little too crass, so let’s just call them filthy instead.

And let’s not talk so much about Jesus being naked on the cross, and let’s pretend Paul said that he considered his good deeds “a pile of garbage” in Philippians 3:8 rather than a pile of crap, as the Greek would more accurately be translated.

And let’s definitely not mention the six times in the Old Testament that the Jewish writers referred to Gentile men as those who “pisseth against the wall.” (At least the King James Version got that one right.)

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The point?

God’s message was not meant to be run through some arbitrary, holier-than-thou politeness filter. He intended the Bible to speak to people where they’re at, caught up in the stark reality of life on a fractured planet.

Dozens of Psalms are complaints and heart-wrenching cries of despair to God, not holy-sounding, reverently worded soliloquies. Take Psalm 77:1-3: “I cry out to God; yes, I shout. Oh, that God would listen to me! When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted. I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help” (New Living Translation).

And rather than shy away from difficult and painful topics, the Old Testament includes vivid descriptions of murder, cannibalism, witchcraft, dismemberment, torture, rape, idolatry, erotic sex and animal sacrifice. According to St. Paul, those stories were written as examples and warnings for us (1 Corinthians 10:11). So obviously they were meant to be retold without editing out all the things we don’t consider nice or agreeable.

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I believe that Scripture includes such graphic material to show how far we, as a race, have fallen and how far God was willing to come to rescue us from ourselves.

God is much more interested in honesty than pietism.

And that’s what he gives us throughout Scripture, telling the stories of people who struggled with the same issues, questions and temptations we face today.

Peter struggled with doubt, and we hear all about it.

Elijah dealt with depression; Naomi raged with bitterness against God; Hannah struggled for years under the burden of her unanswered prayers.

David had an affair and then arranged to have his lover’s husband killed. Noah was a drunk, Abraham a liar, Moses a murderer. Job came to a place where he found it necessary to make a covenant with his eyes not to lust after young girls (Job 31:1).

It’s easy to make “Bible heroes” (as Protestants might say) or “saints” (as Catholics might refer to them) out to be bigger than life, immune from the temptations that everyone faces.

I find it encouraging that Jesus never came across as pietistic. In fact, he was never accused of being too religious; instead he partied so much that he was accused of being a drunkard and a glutton (Matthew 11:19).

Jesus never said, “The Kingdom of God is like a church service that goes on and on forever and never ends.” He said the kingdom was like a homecoming celebration, a wedding, a party, a feast to which all are invited.

This idea was too radical for the religious leaders of his day. They were more concerned about etiquette, manners, traditions and religious rituals than about partying with Jesus. And that’s why they missed out.

That’s why we miss out.

According to Jesus, the truly spiritual life is one marked by freedom rather than compulsion (John 8:36), love rather than ritual (Mark 12:30-33) and peace rather than guilt (John 14:27). Jesus saves us from the dry, dusty duties of religion and frees us to cut loose and celebrate.

I don’t believe we’ll ever recognize our need for the light until we’ve seen the depth of the darkness. So God wasn’t afraid to get down and dirty with us about life and temptation and forgiveness. And grace.

Only when the Bible seems relevant to us (which it is), only when the characters seem real to us (which they were), only then will the message of redemption become personal for us (which it was always meant to be).

We don’t need to edit God. We need to let him be the author of our new lives.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Steven James.

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soundoff (5,744 Responses)
  1. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    Not sure what the intent of the author was !?!

    I was wondering if this piece was from any of our well know Islamist supporters like Mr.Fareed Zakaria, Dean ObeidALLAH, Prof. Mohammed Ayoob, Imam Rauf or Etan Casey who are all working hard to portray other religions in a bad light while picking on things that existed, or have become irerlevant for 1000's of years!

    As a Hindu I can say this. I have never come across a Christian in my life who preaches violence just b'coz it's PURPORTEDLY there in the holy Bible, UNLIKE the practioners of the world's second largest religion!!!

    While many of the major religions have had a brutal, inglorious past, all of them have moved ahead, EXCEPT ONE which is still rooted in its origins in the the 7th century.

    So, in 2012 this article means nothing to me!!!

    February 27, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • Rob

      Amit-Well said!

      February 27, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Anonymous

      You are clearly a bigot....bad things happen in every religion everywhere. In every case the religion is not to blame but its interpretation by an illitrate hate mongerer. Same way you guys were burning your widowed wives not too long ago...it is in your religion

      February 27, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • Marty

      Amit, if you're a female, I refer you to 1 Timothy 2:11-15. Please post more carefully in the future if you respect my religious freedom.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Anon

      She's Hindu and that bible verse would be worthless and irrelevant in her religion.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • Marty

      The point was more to show that she was defending a cruel and nonsensical piece of trash.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  2. The Jackdaw

    Yes, stop sugar coating it. Show the bible for all of its rediculous horror so people will stop following it.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:42 am |
  3. Frank

    Great article. Its so sad to see the Christianity haters out in force once again.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • The Jackdaw

      We aren't haters, we just think beleiving something so vapid makes you look dumb.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • Marty

      It depresses me that, as a whole, our country's scientific progress will fall short of other nations because we give credence to zealots, bigots and people with adorable imaginations. It's infuriating.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  4. JW

    Let's not forget about the women and children and unarmed combatants killed in the Old Testament, in the name of God, without so much as a funeral.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • Codepwned

      We can confirm with the bibles own specific numbers at least 2 million people were killed in his name, or he killed. There may be an estimated 4 million more, but they aren't specific enough to draw numbers, they just mention whole cities, etc.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:43 am |
  5. longerview1

    Always interesting to see how obsessed non believers are with trying to attack believers rather than just being "comfortable in your own skin" Could it be needing to feign intellectual superiority to ease the pain of your own "reality" that your life and the lives of all your ancestors and future descendants have absolutely no meaning whatsoever? You say you are "truth seekers" but the truth you seek offers nothing cold vacuum of space.
    ENJOY!!!

    February 27, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • Jesus H. Christ

      ...because idiots like Rick Santorum run for control of this country and others. That dude scares the cr@p out of intelligence.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • .....

      pot meet kettle, kettle meet pot. What a hypocrite.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Jesus H. Christ

      Actually space is pretty awesome. Ever look at the pictures Hubble took?

      February 27, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Jake

      This is not meant as an insult, but an honest answer to why atheists attack your views (at least speaking for myself).

      1) Atheists are heavily discriminated against in America. For example, despite the statistical certainty that many of our politicians are atheists, none of them admit it because it would be political suicide. We are fighting for fair treatment and deserve it as much (or I'd argue more so) than religion. Our founders would be disgusted with the huge role religion plays in our country.

      2) I believe that religion is a terrible thing for our world. I fight against religion because I want to make the world a better place. I want religious people to stop attacking each other (and us) and I want everyone to be happier and better people.

      I, for one, don't attack religion out of hate.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • Will

      Most of the people I have interacted with aren't as concerned about the the past and connecting the dots in a meaningful way. I realize that you have that need, and I am not criticizing it. In fact I am happy that you've found a set of beliefs that work for you.

      What I see people worried about is when religion manages to project itself onto society. Guys like Santorum trying to legislate his beliefs into law. Or people preventing progress (ie stem cell research) because of random beliefs. Better example is the Catholics with their birth control – the council of Bishops was all for birth control but the pope at the time opposed it and made it a sin. So one guy's opinion is suddenly dictating law? See the difference – it's not anymore about insecurity here for them than for those whom some would suggest need to have an almighty to make everything ok.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • The Jackdaw

      Always interesting to see how self-righteous believers are.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • Marty

      Truth isn't always convenient or feel-good. Atheists aren't as angry/sad as you'd like to think we are. So while you're positioning us as sad sacks who are just attempting to feel intellectually superior, you're calling the kettle black because you feel you're emotionally and philosophically superior. And it's hilarious that you never seem to detect that. Have a great day—after all, you alone are in control of your own destiny.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • Rob

      "despite the statistical certainty that many of our politicians are atheists"
      Please provide this statistical certainty analysis for all of us to see and review. I have never heard of such a thing.
      Seperation of Church and State does not me government without any mention of religion. You need to study the founding fathers more.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  6. Karaya

    If a Bible is put on screen – the movie would get an NC-17 rating...

    February 27, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • Jake

      It would also be about 500 hours long and incredibly boring.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • palintwit

      Sarah Palin can play the Virgin Mary.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • Marty

      And be rife with continuity errors.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  7. tim

    This is the day the lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:37 am |
  8. Josh

    There is no god. Only chaos.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • Frank

      You mean like those planets in perfect alignment? The miracle of birth? Pretty weak.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • DJCowboy

      ... and out of chaos comes order, just look at the history of our solar system

      February 27, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • Anon

      Super novae, Black holes, Gamma Ray Bursts, Galaxy Collisions, etc would be considered order in your atrophied minds?

      February 27, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • DJCowboy

      @ Anon: Yes, when a star dies its remnants can stretch out to join other systems. Our bodies are composed of star dust from stars that died billions of years ago. I believe that stuff like black holes, supernovae, etc are necessary in the universe and help create order

      February 27, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • Anon

      Pantheism is wishy washy feel good BS.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • DJCowboy

      I'm not saying any conscious being is doing any of this nor am I saying that the universe itself is consciously doing a check and balance on things. All I'm saying is it just occurs naturally that through chaos comes order

      February 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  9. bobmc

    The Torah / Bible / Koran all have violent examples, horriblr voilence, sadly in the way we see the news today/ They sort social indicatopr of the time then, and they was many brutal events throrough out the period of the witing of the Torrah . Ninle and Koran. Kust like today. Then they were annotated as a scripture, today its CNN and the rest of the Rueters world. Nothing has changed. People still hate people. The rich really could care less saving those less fortunate.They just act like they do.Look at Steve Jobs .. wheew such an innovator, and wealthy, he used completely Slave Labout for his products, The only reason China and India do well, is they have people working for 4 dollars a day as SLAVES. Neither read the Bible / Torah / Koan for the most part. WE need to be citizens of the world, and start acting like it.. Instead Pigs, and Snakes .... for the most part humanity is doomed it is just a matter of time. The rich will live in casteled complex's with well paid armed mercenaries while the common man will libe of the garbage left behind ....The you wilol read in every part of the world of every civilization reagrdles of period. After the Golden era is over I do not expect a Diamond Jubilee that is for certain.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • Reza

      Please show where the Quran has horrible violence before making such comment. Everything has to be read in context. If you just pick part of a verse and say it talks about violence, it wouldn't hold much value just like it wouldn't in any other social or professional settings.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • Anon

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib9rofXQl6w&w=640&h=390]

      February 27, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Reza

      I think you should quote clear verses from the Quran which is not out of context – read the entire paragraph/context first. Just because a muslim does something wrong/bad, doesn't mean Qur'an asks them to do so. But if you insist on watching videos, here's a three part response :
      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV_SB_qMjfM&w=640&h=390]
      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2of7qld3nDg&w=640&h=390]
      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK0PkZdmKtw&w=640&h=390]

      February 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • Reza

      Sorry I missed Part 2 in the previous post :
      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2of7qld3nDg&w=640&h=390]

      February 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  10. Kelly

    Awesome explanation about the truth of God's word and his love for us. I hope the people who are tired of being "put down on" by religious people will read this and not worry about them but find out how much God loves them and that He is really there for them.
    Ask from your heart of hearts for God to let you know He is real, Loves you and He will. God Bless you all.
    John 3:16

    February 27, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • bobmc

      If he loves us explain Cancer

      February 27, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • Really?

      Cancer is not from God. Why would you even say that? If you would have read the Bible you would have the answer as to why we have all the problems we have now. It is not God's fault but once again man's fault. Man thinks too much of himself. Does not want to think there is a high authority above him. Jesus cured the sick to show what God's Kingdom has to offer for us in the future.......Jesus came to earth to talk about his father's kingdom.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • Anon

      Man you christards conveniently ignore the horrible stuff in nature while defending your psychotic imaginary god.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • fintastic

      Cancer is man's fault?... wow.. .you really are deluded..

      February 27, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  11. Mark

    I agree that some of the stories in the Bible are very shocking, but not that much more different than what we see in today’s time. Even with the different interpretations, the message is clear that God is very real and loves all of us. We are the problem, not the stories in the Bible or how it is read to us. I am sure there have been changes in wording down through the years but that doesn't change God. In fact, he is a Holy God and will not change.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • Codepwned

      Clear? He slew over 2 million people that we can confirm because they didn't agree with him or didn't believe in him. He caused plagues, famine, mass destruction on the scale of hiroshima? I don't know ANYONE who calls that love. We call that genocide.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  12. rick santorumtwit... America's favorite frothy mix

    Every study ever done and every survey ever taken indicates that there is a higher incidence of incest among evangelical families in the southern bible belt states than anywhere else.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  13. MobiusEight

    God is the God of good and evil, of everything in between. What part of this is shocking? He wouldn't be God if he wasn't all-encompassing. Most people who believe in God simply choose to forget that part.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • Anon

      Moderate believers use mental gymnastics with cognitive dissonance to ignore the contradictions in the bible.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • Really?

      where is the Bible does it say that???????????? God is a God of LOVE.....man makes him out to be evil.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • Anon

      Nope, the concept of the Abrahamic deity of the desert is a war god, no matter how much you sugarcoat it.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Yo!

      "man makes him out to be evil."

      Because the God of the bible is evil only a brainwashed moron thinks otherwise.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  14. Jake

    This article is just weird. People wrote the bible to serve a purpose...if they want to edit it, why shouldn't they?

    February 27, 2012 at 10:23 am |
  15. abbyt

    One problem, God didn't sit down himself and write the bible

    February 27, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • Frank

      So God created the spinnning planets in perfect mathematical alignment/galaxies, the milky way, and he created Man but he can't influence certain people to write a book? That's some small God you've got there.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:38 am |
  16. Jez

    Wow. What fun to worship violence. Sign me up.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • Really?

      Wrong....violence is not worshiped in the Bible

      February 27, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • Anon

      I guess you missed (conveniently ignore) the part when Yahweh aka Jesus advocates war in the bible.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • Believer

      Anon, and what part in the new testament would that be?

      February 27, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • Anon

      If I tell you, you'll either ignore it or bring up that out of context card.
      Go read it yourself without skipping nor jumping.
      Reading the bible is partially what made me an atheist.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  17. Jeff Sewerd

    I love when people that believe a book that has been translated and rewritten by bad people to suit their own needs call level headed people that think that's a stupid life plan non believers. If you need to buy what people wrote into translations with no ability to comprehend the world that exists today to be a believer then I'm glad I'm not because believer sounds much more like a fool desperate to find some kind of answers in life. The worst thing is those simple enough to buy that crap can't possibly understand it anyway. Also its evident that most nuts commented after just reading the headline, so desperate to take a side....

    February 27, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • Jez

      I agree – religion is pathetic.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • IAmRight

      I'm older than my sister than my brother is me.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • Really?

      It is not God or his word that is pathetic.....it is the people who have changed his word to suit their needs that are. You need to look at the version, better yet it should be a translation.....the most accurate translation is The New World Translation. There you find what was really written.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • Jeff Sewerd

      How can you be sure its the most accurate translation? how did you authenticate it? You can't say faith because these are often translated by murders. If you have a TARDIS or other manner of time traveling machine you used to verify I will yield to your statement, otherwise you have no evidence.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • Anon

      It's just myth. Heck I bet if a copy of Harry Potter was transported to the past and dumped in that region of the desert, we'll probably have now Potterism.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • Ryan

      I keep seeing comments calling people "nuts" or "irrational" or even "zealots" and yet those that post them want to argue for decency and having a rational discussion. This article seems to be calling for an honest view of the Bible- I'm not going to pretend that terrible (ungodly) things haven't been done throughout human history in the name of (all) religions, but instead of blasting off overarching statments directed at anyone who claims a personal faith why don't we engage in an authentic and worthwhile dialogue? Countless numbers of people have had their lives changed for the better through their faith in God, and countless numbers of people have been hurt by those claiming to represent a particular faith...maybe both of these groups can learn something from each other...

      February 27, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • Anon

      Religion = Mindless placebos for people who can't accept non-existence after death.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  18. Brad

    well I'd rather believe in something like God and his Son Jesus Christ, Die and there be "nothing" and my loss is negligible as is my gain.. but since I believe in God and His Son.. when I die I believe my gain is infinite!! Most of these comments negate the fact that we'll be spending FAR more time on the OTHER SIDE of death.. would you really want to take a chance? just my .02 now I'm broke.. but in closing remember this.. IF God did NOT actually EXIST there'd be NO ATHEISTS or NON-BELIEVERS.. let that rattle around in your brain(s)

    February 27, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • karl

      flawed argument....if irrational beings didnt exist there would be no God.. rattle that around in the place your brain should be

      February 27, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • Anon

      Too bad you're way too deluded to accept your eventual non-existence when you finally croak.
      The problem is that believers spread this primitive afterlife nonsense to children as collateral damage before they die without realizing the stupidity of all of it.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • MobiusEight

      @karl flawed argument, that's like saying if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it it doesn't make a sound.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • nick

      Man created god, not the other way around. let that rattle around in your senile head

      February 27, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • D

      So what you are saying Brad is that you believe because you are afraid not to. A god that attracts followers through fear is not worth worshipping. The truth is that religion is a coping mechanism to help the weak minded deal with their own mortality. You are going to die one day and despite what you believe, there is nothing after that, and that is ok.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • Jake

      The most obvious problem with your post is that no thinking being can "choose" to believe anything. We either believe it or don't (we can pretend otherwise, but that's it). Secondly, even if we could choose, believing in any one god is a bad bet anyway. First, there are so many possible religions that odds are, you've picked the wrong one and probably will be worse off w/ the hypothetical god than an atheist. Second, it could be argued that you're not getting as much out of your life as an atheist, so you are indeed losing something while you're alive by believing in a god. Again, impossible to choose and a bad bet anyway!

      February 27, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • Will

      Brad – that logic is about as flawed as you can get. If it weren't for the existence of three-headed dragons, there wouldn't be people who didn't believe in them. Or Santa Claus. Or the Tooth Fairy.

      The truly sad part is that you feel the need to defend what you believe in. You don't. What you believe is what you believe, and you have every right to believe it. I'm truly happy for you if you find peace and happiness through your beliefs, as I am for anyone who discovers the same with whatever their beliefs are.

      Where you will run into lots of resistance is those places where people try to project their beliefs onto others, either through community or politics. The net message is that I am happy with you believing what you believe, but don't try to force me to believe in it.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • Chris

      That's like you telling me right now, that outside my door, there is an elephant. I tell you i don't believe you. But because I take that stance of not believing you, there IS an elephant outside my door?

      February 27, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  19. John

    The constant stream of protests and declarations of morality from the militant atheists are like smoke screens for their insecurity and fear. Stop fighting the truth you feel in heart.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:19 am |
    • Anon

      The heart is just a blood pump, nothing more.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • karl

      Please explain to me how atheists are militant...I have yet to see a holy war, crusade, or mass genocide in the name of atheism... Can you say the same?

      February 27, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Jake

      Since when are atheists insecure? Do a bit of research. Atheists on average, are much more intelligent, educated and happy than religious people.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • Aloha

      @karl

      Joseph Stalin killed countless religious people just because they had a religion. How's that for a war waged in the name of atheism.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • karl

      Aloha i think a fact checking session is in order. Stalin also waged war under the apparant instruction of god and religion

      February 27, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • Jesus H. Christ

      @John,
      So you are telling me in my heart I believe there is a mystical place called heaven and people rise from the dead to live there? I should believe this because some mythology wrote it in a book which is based on older mythology which is based on even older mythology... back when lighting, stars, water, math, nature, weather etc. was thought to be something mysterious sent from the gods.

      Find it in your brain to study reasoning.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:39 am |
  20. Ru

    Great article. We all know that conservatives and religious zealots are masters of spinning the truth through word play. "Decency" is more important than facts. Accuracy is not a priority in their culture.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:19 am |
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