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Christian author questions Murdoch's ties to Bible publisher amid ethics storm
July 22nd, 2011
10:46 AM ET

Christian author questions Murdoch's ties to Bible publisher amid ethics storm

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN)—It just so happens that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., which is weathering a storm of criticism around newspaper ethics, also owns the rights to the world's best-selling English Bible, the New International Version.

Zondervan, a U.S.-based Christian publishing house that’s part of the News Corp. empire, has 300 million copies of the popular Good Book translation and is also home to some of the biggest names in Christian publishing, including megachurch pastor Rick Warren.

The phone hacking scandal has become a sticky wicket for at least one Zondervan author, who says Murdoch's ownership could create an "ethical dilemma."

Shane Claiborne, Zondervan author, Philadelphia-based Christian activist and occasional CNN Belief Blog contributor, recently told a Christian blogger:

"The current issues . . . in England raise all kinds of ethical questions and I would hope that a company whose mission is explicitly Christian, as Zondervan’s is, would take the opportunity to bear witness and to speak into the culture which is so terribly fallen.”

Other Zondervan authors have apparently stayed mum on this issue.

Claiborn’s comments came in an interview with Will Braun, who blogs for Geez, a magazine he co-founded “for the over-churched and out-churched.”

"For those us of who care about the Christian scriptures, what are we to make of this mix of billionaire media tycoonery, allegations of phone hacking and bribery, and the Holy Word of God?” Braun wrote. “What are we to make of the fact that every time we buy a Zondervan product we contribute to Murdoch’s mogul-dom, which includes a personal fortune that Forbes pegged at $6.3 billion last year."

Braun makes no bones about his dislike for News Corp. "Perhaps I overstate the link between News of the World and Zondervan,” he wrote. “It’s just that I believe there should be absolutely no link at all. Bald greed has no place in Bible publishing."

Braun's piece is getting a lot of attention after it made the rounds on popular blogs this week and getting picked up by USA Today and the New York Observer.

Zondervan spokeswoman Tara Powers reacted to questions about Murdhoch’s involvement with the publisher in a Friday statement to CNN:

“Throughout our 80-year history as a leading Christian publisher, Zondervan has always operated with autonomy, editorial independence, and the freedom to fulfill our mission to meet the needs of people with resources that glorify Jesus Christ and promote Biblical principles.”

She added that Murdoch is not involved in the marketing of Bible: “As CEO of News Corp, Mr. Murdoch is not involved in the day-to-day business operations of Zondervan.”

That assertion was backed up by Lyn Cryderman, a former Zondervan publisher.

"In my role as publisher of the book group I do not recall anything that could even be remotely considered 'involvement in day to day operations' by Rupert Murdoch," he said. Cryderman was Vice President and Publisher at Zondervan from 2004-2007.

Zondervan operates under the banner of HarperCollins, a News Corp. company, which acquired the Christian publisher in 1988.

Zondervan is also the go to publishing house for many popular Christian authors, especially on the evangelical side.

In addition to the NIV Bible, it published 200 other Christian themed books a year from authors like Warren, Claiborne, C.S. Lewis, Lee Strobel, Karen Kingsbury and Rob Bell.

Zondervan took a principled stand earlier this year when it declined to publish Bell's latest book, “Love Wins.” The Grand Rapids pastor had published several other books with Zondervan, selling over a million books.

When Bell wrote "Love Wins," which led to a firestorm of controversy, Zondervan passed, saying the work did not meet their editorial mission. HarperOne, another News Corp. property, scooped up the book, which debuted at #3 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Books • Christianity

soundoff (334 Responses)
  1. Preacherman

    They hacked into the Pope's phone too. And there will be gnashing of teeth!

    July 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Jesus

      Wouldn't it be wild if Murdoch did tap into Herr Josef Ratzinger's cell and found out that he had a penchant for 8 year old Brazilian boys?

      July 22, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  2. secularbear

    I love this debates on bible details and claims that the bible is better than the koran.

    "No, unicorns have solid horns, not striped horns."

    "Leprechauns are way cooler than goblins."

    ok whatever

    July 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  3. Richard S Kaiser

    Rainer, oh you of little Variance in the beguiling Pasturings of Our Worldly Endeavors toward an Understanding of GOD and God and god is not yet a Fruition of Contemplative Understandings and Foreboding Nuances that Belittle the Saltiness of Time-Framed Manliness and Womanhood Virtuosos.

    Within your Posting of “I am The LORD, your Physician!” your Emphasis on the Physician is forgetfulness when you have yet to become in the Awareness of this World as Not Being the Kingdom of Christ Jesus or of His Father GOD. I say this based upon what the KJVB states in a verse saying, ‘This World is Not my Kingdom for if it were My Kingdom,,,,,,”

    Our Humanely Omnivorous Natures are Not in Sync with Our Religiousness, nor do the Ongoing Natures of this World’s Indemnities in Lawfulness Promulgate Proprietarily the Needs of those who fall by the Waysides and are Shunned and Spit Upon by the Revelries of Bombastions’ Unwearyingly Deviates of Piousness and Bigotries in their Words.

    My take on the Fundamentals of “Christian-Based” Theology is this; “The RCC is The Mothering Church and Is Christ Jesus’ Mother-In-Law.” Each and Every of Christendom’s Churches are Christ’s Wives. The CCC or Chinese Catholic Church is Christ’s Uncle-In-Law.

    My Views pertaining to “Spiritual-Beings” are the GOD and GODDESS; their Children, The Gods and Goddesses or Their Sons and Daughters. My Inability to Decree toward Others that GOD is Our Universe’s Intellectualness or even still; is the Intellectual Culmination of Multi-Universes Ad Infinitum.

    Our Human Bodies do Hold within Each Cell the Uniqueness of Being but a Simple Universe wherein Lays the Up and Coming Celestial Universes Upon a Human’s Death. Yes, we are but Vessels of Containment and Yes, we will be Adjudicated from Within our Body’s Hierarchy of a Singular God in One’s Body and Not Judged by GOD, the CREATION.

    “Fractal Relativities of the Cosmological Makeup of all Manner of Materials is Bound by the Nothingness or the Holy Spirit or the Spatialness that is Most abundant in Celstial Outer Space yet is in abundance within the Framed Workings of Inner Spaces.”

    I hope this Blog is not too much of an Uninteresting Comment by an “Idiot” for I am but a Lowly god upon the Totam Poles of GOD, God and god.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Tex71

      Uninteresting? No way! I only wish I had some of what you are smoking and I mean that most sincerely.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Hez123

      ?

      July 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • lalose

      Verbosity does not make your utterances any less silly.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      ...this appears to be written by someone who just found out that Merriam-Webster has a Thesaurus on its website...

      July 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  4. Jay

    the last thing we need is for evil newscorp to be writing bibles. they are extremely corrupt and are the type of people who will use religion as justification for any wrong doing

    July 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • Tex71

      Too late – there is already a whole generation of Bible-thumpers that has been brought up on this version. Not that the other translations are implicitly better, but the NIV was an extreme right-wing hammer all the way back at the planning stage.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • atomD21

      [SARCASM] Ah, but they are wrong to use the NIV. The King James Bible is the only true Bible! [/SARCASM] I always loved that mindless argument...

      July 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • GodPot

      Maybe the un-FOXed version of Leviticus really reads:

      "'If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have
      done what is desirable. They must be put to bed; their pillows will
      be on their own heads.' Leviticus 20:13*

      July 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Tex71

      The King James Version was as bad as the NIV. It derives its name from the monarch who ordered its creation – and made sure the interpretation fitted his feudal social agenda. Tons of examples of politically biased interpolation in the KJV. Redneck preachers still push it because its admittedly beautiful Jacobean English makes them sound educated when they read it aloud, and because nobody in their congregations can figure it out for themselves.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  5. DGH

    Murdock is and evil person at hart and will do and say anything to maintain power.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  6. GAW

    It's nice that Mr. Claiborne is working out his ethics on every possible level ( I hope) However he must realize that this is America and even for publishing houses and mega churches the bottom line is money.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  7. Grumpy

    Now this is great entertainment!

    July 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  8. Fred Evil

    And you should judge them by their actions, not their words...

    July 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  9. Aaron

    No telling how much Murdoch and his croonies at Fox News edited this version of the Bible for their own benefit.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • atomD21

      The NIV has been around longer than Fox News...

      July 22, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • coder

      much like king james

      July 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Right

      You're right. There is no telling. Because only idiots would believe that. If they changed anything, you don't think CNN or MSNBC would orgasm at the chance to spill that? No way.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Tex71

      The NIV has been around longer than Fox News, but the same kind of people that run FOX were responsible for the NIV. Extreme right-wing bias all the way – a body blow aimed at killing the cultural shift begun in the 1960s. No room for peaceniks in this here religion!

      July 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Grumpy

      I've checked my copy of the NIV. No mention of a disciple named Rupert . . . yet . . .

      July 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  10. redeemed

    It is impossible to sell a book based on faith, to those who have none.Jesus said many are called,but few are chosen.We are chosen for we have said faith.God almighty does not accept unbelievers into eternal glory the same way unbelievers do not accept God. this thing is all about faith. Their is non that understand,their is non that seek after God.you have to seek God in order to understand God.and in order to understand God you must believe that he exist.He only reveals himself to those who are chosen to believe.Sounds hared to believe I know,but not when you are a believer. Eph. 2:8 says it best: For by GRACE are ye saved by FAITH; AND THAT, not of yourselves: it is the GIFT of GOD.you either have it or you dont.But it is attainable by faith.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • jb

      Please go back to school and learn proper English and grammer.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Kamesh

      blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

      July 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Tex71

      In other words, you can only expect things to make sense if you give up your capacity for critical thought?
      No thanks, I'll retain my God-given faculty of reason – you can keep your blind faith in someone else's literal interpretation of a politically biased translation of a Dark Ages copy of a translation of a political committee's approved collection of translations of copies of lost manuscripts. I will read the Bible as a compilation of texts containing spiritual insight, social commentary, poetry, national myth, and ancient cosmogony. As a thinking Christian, I get a lot more out of it that way.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Kamesh

      @Tex71 – Well said!

      July 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • Aaron

      jb...please go back to charm school and learn a few manners. Grace obviously eludes you.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Bucky Ball

      "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same god who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forego their use." – Galileo

      July 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • george busch

      It is impossible to sell a book based on faith, to those who have none because the book is based on faith and not facts. Most people need facts to support statements made, and there are none to support talking donkeys, virgin births, sticks turning into snakes, parting of bodies of water and all the other wild statements made in the bible. Just putting something into print does not make it fact, and just saying "everything in the bible is true" doesn't make it so. Especially when it was written by people with such simple minds that existed a couple thousand years ago.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • GodPot

      "many are called,but few are chosen.We are chosen for we have said faith." Whats funny about this statement is that those who profess faith, meaning they accept something to be true without a basis in fact, must have been chosen, but those who doubt were not chosen. Yet faith is a very lucid and complex feeling that waxes & wanes for most willing to admit it to themselves. It is rarely something set in stone. I once had lot's of faith in the bible, now I have virtually none, other than it's an interesting book with lots of history and religion interwoven for a specific ancient people, the nomands who became known as Israelites, but beyond that it contains no magic or mysteries.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • atomD21

      Two things. First, jb, if you're going to criticize someone's skills with the written word, be sure you spell "grammar" correctly. Secondly, touting the Bible as absolutely true to someone that doesn't believe that is pointless. The Bible is a wonderful guide for living a good life of love and compassion, per the example of Jesus. It also points out the pitfalls of religious devotion and blind adherence to tradition. We need to stop using it as a science book (it's not one), a political weapon, and a conedmnation tool.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • lalose

      Pretty perverse really. God gives the ability to think freely but if you think freely you have you are banished from the kingdom of heaven. Maybe he just gets a kick out of watching humans pummel each other

      July 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  11. Kamesh

    Well this whole getting slapped in the pace with shaving cream is a set up just to draw the attention away from the real subject at hand here. Yes I saw his wife trying to slap the comedian guy, so what? And now she's a hero and every news station has to rave about how awesome she is and such a great wife or whatever the hell. Again the new media doesn't seem to be spending a lot more time talking about the real issue which was phone hacking but are rather more interested on how she jumped and tried to slap that dude. Apparently the news media is just not filled with real honest and smart people anymore. Sad!!

    July 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • hawaiiduude

      a zionist owning the niv bible. Yoda voice: Our minds to shape he wants.

      July 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • Hez123

      @hawaiiduude I realize the term "Zionist" is used in many ways but I thought its core meaning was one who supports the sovereignty of Israel. Is that a bad thing?

      July 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Kamesh: Interesting how you bring up the point of the media focusing on his wife instead of the real story when this article says nothing about his wife at all. You had an opportunity to talk about the phone hacking scandal like you wanted to, but didn't. Are you some media plant trying to perpetuate some ridiculous notion that his wife is a hero? Or did you fall for their misdirection yourself? Curiouser and curiouser.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  12. LostNomad

    How is it ethical for any publishing company to make a profit from the sales of religious texts that it prints? And by religious texts, I mean texts that are considered sacred like the Bible or the Quran, not books written by modern religious authors. Shouldn't a religious text be sold for no more than its manufacturing costs? And if a profit is made, shouldn't it all be donated to charities and such?

    July 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @LostNomad

      The Koran is a cheap novelette. Muhammad has just copied parts of the Holy Bible and added on some own ideas and removed, what did not fit into his anti-christian concept.

      Better use paper for making bathroom tissue than for making an edition of the unholy Koran!

      July 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Jim M

      @Rainer Braendlein, clearly there is nothing Christian about you. You are just filled with hate. Maybe you should read the new Testament for a change, instead of just the Old.

      July 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @Jim M

      Don't bother me, you obviously serve infamous Jadis!

      July 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • granto7

      I was asking myself the same thing. The Bible is God's word to all of us...to have one publishing house "own" it seems so incredibly wrong. But again, there are many in this world getting rich from religion!

      July 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Justin Observation

      Seriously? Organized religions have been capitalizing on beliefs for centuries. Shepherds fleece their flock for their own gains, not for the benefit of the sheep.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Bucky Ball

      Then they couldn't sell any of the other myths and lore and epic poetry for a profit either.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      "The profession of shaman has many advantages. It offers high status with a safe livelihood free of work in the dreary, sweaty sense. In most societies it offers legal privileges and immunities not granted to other men. But it is hard to see how a man who has been given a mandate from on High to spread tidings of joy to all mankind can be seriously interested in taking up a collection to pay his salary; it causes one to suspect that the shaman is on the moral level of any other con man.
      But it's lovely work if you can stomach it."
      – Robert Heinlein

      July 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • Bucky Ball

      @Doc
      Bingo.

      July 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  13. Mr. T. Bag

    This is more proof that Billionaire CEOs and Corporate Fascists will use any means possible to brain-wash and manipulate the masses.

    Religion and news are the most powerful tools to control the people.
    –Tyrants have done that for 1000s of years.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • lloyd roberts

      Well stated Mr. T.Bag

      July 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  14. Rainer Braendlein

    Before I became a believer, I have read some books of Charles Colson, who was a counselor of former US president Nixon.

    I read his books "Born Again", "The Good Life" and "The Faith".

    By Colson's books I was led to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who is appreciated by Colson in his books. So far I am grateful to Colson that he has written this books.

    However, something disturbed me, when I read Colson's books: He acknowledges the pope very much.

    In the meantime I have read a lot of genuine books of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer has rejected papacy (in his eyes papacy was as bad as Nazi-rule).

    So, there is a dilemma: Colson appreciates Bonhoeffer and the pope, but Bonhoeffer condemns the pope.

    Before I come to the conclusion, I want to mention that of course Bonhoeffer was much higher than Colson. Concerning the theological scholarship, compared with Bonhoeffer, Colson is a flea!

    Compared with Bonhoeffer's books, Colson's books are cheap novelettes (sorry).

    Colson is published by Zondervan!!!

    Is it possible that Murdoch forced Colson to appreciate the pope in his books? That would be outrageous.

    No true Protestant can appreciate papacy. Papacy was invented by the devil (emperor Phocas).

    July 22, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • wesleyapril

      Interesting – we knew that they just updated the NIV – so now it isn't he it's he/she etc etc etc – so basically the whole Bible is worthless – been humanizied and scripture has been removed – and to find out that Muroch owns Zondervan.

      I don't think it is hard to imagine that publishers force their authors to teach what they want –

      July 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • Tom

      As a former Catholic, I'm no fan of the papcy. But don't you think it's just a tad bit inflammatory and a bit hyperbole to label the papacy as a creation of the devil? As a Christian, you should know better than to throw stones unless you are completely without sin.

      July 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      I don't throw stones on nobody! I am aware of my sinfulness.

      It is only that by pronouncing a false gospel, the pope leads millions of people to hell, and thus he serves the devil.

      July 22, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • granto7

      Do you know who the first pope was? If you do, how can you condemn?

      July 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Dorothea7

      Rainer, I don't know who told you that Phocas, whether under the influence of the devil or not, invented the Papacy, but that person was misinformed at best. Phocas was a Byzantine emperor who reigned from 601 to 610 in Constantinople (Istanbul). It is an established fact that there was a Pope when the Roman Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal in the Roman Empire in 313, a good 3 centuries earlier than Phocas. I would be careful of the source that told you Phocas established the Papacy, the person either flunked history, never studied history, or flat-out lied. It is quite possible to be opposed to the Papacy without resorting to falsehoods, and knowing that the devil is the father of lies, I thought it would be best to caution you in this: the facts I have presented you about the dates of Phocas and the fact the Papacy preceded him are easily verified.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Tex71

      Rainer, my friend, you need to get back on those meds.
      Wesleyapril: If gender neutrality renders the Bible worthless, then surely it was already worthless the moment the Greeks interpolated vowels into the Torah. The value of a text is the effect of the message on the recipient, not the message itself, and certainly not the format of the message. You literalists really have a problem understanding this.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Bucky Ball

      Rainer
      Why would you waste your time with ANYTHING the Watergate criminal Colson says or does ? YOU have more education in religious matters than he does. He writes a lot, (and I mean A LOT), of crap, (indeed after his prison sentence he has made a VERY good living at it), but basically has nothing to add to the theological debate, as he has NO formal theological or scriptural education. Why is it people think they can opine ad nauseam on scriptural and theological matters, with no education in those fields, while they would never think about arguing with a physicist without taking a few physics courses?

      July 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Tex71

      Rainer took a wrong turn when he bought into the work of a man who advised Nixon, whose administration is largely responsible for holding back the process of human social progress by probably half a century at least. Colson likely had a hand in Nixon's fascist agenda. Sure, he "found Jesus" in prison, like so many convicts in for the long haul; but did he ever repent of his ultraconservative ways and the damage done?

      July 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Tex71: "The value of a text is the effect of the message on the recipient." I am liking your posts.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • John

      Interesting – Reading your posts I come to the conclusion that you don't know much about religion, christian or other for that matter. You educate yourself on materials written by conservative right-wing religions fanatics. Rep. Bachman has your vote in 2012..

      July 22, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  15. ibrar

    There are lot of bible books, there are lot of differences in them, People change them for there worldly benefits, Quran is same as it was fourteen Hundred years ago, Protected by GOD, so that people has no excuse to say that they did not got the wright message from GOD.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • BibleScholar

      Ah, so you believe that since your book is written in the same language, it is protected from improper usage? Ever heard of suicide bombings as an act of obedience to your God? In the Bible, the true Word of God, it says the Bible should be stated in a language the people can understand (native tongue) and preached in every corner of the world, so that it's believers can develope true understanding. As for me, I learned greek in college, and guess what – what the Bible says hasn't changed. And, also I guess it's a good thing people like you aren't transcribing any historical books, your improper usage of words is laughable, at best.

      July 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • William Demuth

      So predictable.

      One book of lies compared to another!

      ALL of them are just a sedative for the stupid.

      July 22, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • Justin Observation

      The Koran, like the Torah and Bible, is plagiarized and altered from older religious beliefs and stories. Learn the real history of religions and you'll realize that. If ANY religious text came from a god or gods or aliens or the imaginations of man, it came long before Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Look it up. Do some research. Use your (god given?) brain.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Bucky Ball

      @BibleScholar
      After you also take some Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic and Syriac come back and we can talk about your Greek word "parthenos", and your "guess what – what the Bible says hasn't changed."
      http://carm.org/isaiah-7-14-virgin

      July 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Pope Jon

      BibleScholar,

      Bible has not changed because you read it in Greek in college? Wow, so your 2000 years old!?!?! News flash, just because you read something in Greek does not mean it has not been altered....

      July 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  16. Paco the Avenger

    There are no ethics in modern religion.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • Paco the Avenger

      Or older religions for that matter. But it should already be accepted by such virtuous events as the crusades and inquisition that there were no ethics then.

      July 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Tex71

      Yes, I can see how modern ethical philosophy might not sit right with a guy who calls himself "avenger".

      July 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  17. revisionist history

    He already puts out tons of revisionist history when it comes to conservatism. Why not change the bible as well.....Jesus threw the moneychangers and politicians out of temple and they had him killed.....I bet he'd love to change that part of the story....You know, make Jesus a business friendly, conservative instead of the liberal he truly was......He could make Jesus actual sell his miracles to the public and be ok with the bilking of worshipers to build mega churches and the bank accounts that go with them as a good thing........Jesus could snub the poor and ones in slavery and tell them Its their own fault for slipping through the cracks......

    July 22, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • bryce

      Yep, Jesus was the biggest liberal in history. Cracks me up to see all these self-proclaimed christians screaming about liberal bias, or stating that "liberalism" is somehow a mental defect.

      July 22, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Tex71

      If you compare the NIV to other major translations – especially the "study Bible" versions with their extra interpretation and commentary, in case the translation itself isn't heavy-handed enough – there is an extreme ultraconservative bias. Give the same crew another shot and they probably WOULD find a way to edit out those uncomfortable scenes like the money-changers in the temple. Funny how conservative "Christians" love Revelations and the Old Testament but hardly ever quote Jesus. Hard to stomach that divine liberal bias I guess.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • atomD21

      @Tex71... You are spot on! I've been reading your comments and I have to say, you are awesome! Jesus' example is definitely counter to what the conservatives are selling these days. He accepted and loved everyone, hung out with "sinners," and only spoke out against the religious right of his day, the pharisees. Too bad we've largely failed to learn from that and are the modern day pharisees... Maybe Jesus will be allowed back in church someday...

      July 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  18. Tom

    There's worse stuff in the Bible than what Murdoch did.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • george busch

      That doesn't make what they did okay. Comparing a rat to a wolverine is useless.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  19. JohnR

    Christians have far nastier skeletons in their closet than any that Murdoch is going to leave them. This is meaningless posturing by someone who wants to exploit a situation to raise his profile.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  20. sparknut

    They hacked Moses' phone!

    July 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
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