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Phil Robertson of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" has been suspended for his comments on homosexuality.
December 20th, 2013
11:23 AM ET

Does Phil Robertson get the Bible wrong?

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - The Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty" fame has rallied around its patriarch, saying his controversial comments on homosexuality are "grounded in the teachings of the Bible." But Scripture is fiercely contested ground, and some experts say Phil Robertson misinterprets a key Bible verse.

A&E, the network that broadcasts the hugely popular "Duck Dynasty" show, suspended Robertson for a now infamous interview with GQ magazine. In the article, Robertson, who became a born-again Christian in the 1970s after a prodigal youth, is asked to define "sin."

Here's what Robertson says: “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."

Robertson, 67, then paraphrases a Bible passage from the New Testament: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers - they won’t inherit the kingdom of God.”

That's a pretty close citation of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, which is a letter from Paul, often called the father of Christianity theology, to a fledgling Christian community in Corinth, Greece.

Here's what Paul's passage says, as rendered in the New International Version, by far the most popular translation among evangelicals and conservative Christians such as Robertson:

"Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

Evangelicals, who make up about a quarter of the U.S. population, tend to take that passage at face value. The Robertson family pastor, for instance, told CNN on Thursday that "the verse explains itself."

Robertson himself is no religious neophyte. He's an elder in the White's Ferry Road Church of Christ and offers spiritual counseling, charity and Bible studies to many in his hometown of West Monroe, Louisiana, the family pastor, Mike Kellett told CNN.

The "Duck Dynasty" star also preaches around the country to conservatives that flock to hear his blend of woodsy, plainspoken Christianity.

Many conservatives backed Robertson's views on Scripture and homosexuality this week, if not the "crude" way he argued his point to GQ.

My Take: The Bible really does condemn homosexuality

But other Bible experts said the Scripture Robertson cited isn't quite clear about homosexuality.

"A lot of people misread this text because it's so complicated," said O. Wesley Allen Jr., an associate professor at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky.

First, scholars say, we have to look at the context surrounding Paul's letter.

The Christian leader is trying to get the quarreling Corinthians to stop taking each other to civil courts and being judgmental. "The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already," Paul says.

Things were supposed to be different after they became Christian believers, Paul continues; they were supposed to stop their sinful ways.

Then Paul lists some of their sins of the past, including greed, drinking too much, worshipping idols and sexual immorality. "That is what some of you were," Paul says. "But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."

The list of sins is likely based on rumors that Paul heard about Corinth, says Warren Throckmorton, a psychology professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania who has studied the Bible's teachings on homosexuality. Bible scholars call it a "vice list," and it appears several times in Scripture.

So what does Paul's "vice list" say about homosexuality? That's the tricky part.

The first word Paul uses is "malakoi," which means "soft" in Greek, according to Allen. By analogy, the word came to mean "effeminate," which is how the King James Version of the Bible translates it.

"In the ancient world, it would refer to a boy in a relationship with an older man," Allen said. "It was pederasty, not homosexuality as we think of it today."

The other relevant word on Paul's "vice list" is "arsenokotai," which means "male sex." It refers to the other half in the man-boy relationship, common in Greece at the time, Allen said, the older male having sex with the "soft one."

"It isn't anything to do with what we would see today in an intimate, mutual relationship between gay adults," said Allen, who is co-authoring an upcoming book on homosexuality and heterosexuality in the church.

My Take: The Bible’s surprisingly mixed messages on sexuality

Even so, scholars such as Allen acknowledge there are no Bible passages that support same-sex relationships, and at least seven that appear to condemn gay sex.

"There's no way around the fact that those passages take a negative view of homosexuality, and nowhere in the Bible is a positive view offered," Allen said. "So conservatives and liberals continue to debate."

Liberals say that some parts of the Bible offered particular truths for a specific times and places but those times and places, as well as human understanding of sexuality, have progressed dramatically.

"The Bible may be divinely inspired, but its authors were human and saw, as St. Paul puts it, through a glass darkly," said Jim Naughton, a Christian gay rights activist and communications consultant. "On the subject of homosexuality, the Bible doesn’t mean what Phil Robertson thinks it means."

Conservatives such as Robertson, on the other hand, argue that the Bible is the bedrock of their faith, unchanging and unalterable. "We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word," the Robertson family said Thursday.

For decades, the gulf between the two sides has divided denominations, churches and families. To paraphrase Lincoln, both sides read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and both invoke his aid to argue against each other. Which is why our contemporary debate over homosexuality is so fierce, and so seemingly unending.

- CNN Religion Editor

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  1. Juan

    87% declared they're Christian so...GFY!

    December 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
  2. Ken in MO

    I love the show. It is a nice wholesome show that I can watch with my kids. It is funny and very entertaining. I am disappointed that Phil, whom I have great respect for, has decided to talk about these things. The only people I remember Jesus showing any contempt for in the bible was religious leaders, tax collectors and the rich. For everyone else he showed love and compassion. I wonder if he would have been a Democrat or a Republican? To me, it is clear. The pope, and I am not catholic, said that the Republican Tax plan, and that is the entire basis of their party, is immoral.

    I am now torn about watching the show. By the way, I was not trying to disrespect Jim in my earlier comments.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • Glenn

      He didn't spout his beliefs - he was asked a question by someone doing a magazine article. Don't ask if you don't want to know.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
  3. ML

    "Jim Naughton, a Christian gay rights activist and communications consultant."

    I didn't even bother reading the rest of this failure of an article. Really CNN...

    December 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
  4. Sandra

    THE BIBLE SAYS IT. IT'S TRUE.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • Observer

      Yes. Support slavery!

      December 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
      • Me

        Actually it wants to free us from slavery. I doubt you know this observer, but YOU are a slave as we speak.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
        • I'm Brian

          Better get on that goat sacrifice too, or big god he gonna smite you hard and burn you forever. (Yeah, I know that's old testament. Why was it ever in there? Why did your "god" need a goat burned, ever? Fscking crazy, stupid superstitions, that's all.)

          Religion is stupid, Christianity included.

          December 20, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • Jeb Bush

      Based on what exactly?

      December 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
  5. MAJ Lich

    For the love of... why is this news? WHO CARES? If you don't like what he said then don't watch the show. You people elect incompetent politicians and keep electing them; both parties. We keep paying for incompetent leaders, why is this any different?

    December 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
  6. Jeb Bush

    Repost:

    The bible and the Const.itution are incompatible – one grants freedom and liberty for all, the other demands blind obedience to a rigid belief system which seeks to limit and curtail those very freedoms and liberties the Const.itution is supposed to protect.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
  7. Rob

    Something else Phil misses. He is acting as another man's judge. Our sermon from last week talked about humility. Christ came to us humble, as an infant, that we celebrate this Christmas season. Through humility we may know God's Grace, through pride we judge.

    The Old Testament was pretty brutal. Throughout he New Testament (where Christ changes the game) He gives us two new Commandments, and perhaps the greatest Commandments:

    Jesus was asked this very question by a Pharisee who was considered to be “an expert in the law” (Matthew 22:34-36). Jesus answered by saying: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40).

    So someone born gay was created by God.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • Doris

      How should I become a believer? Should I follow the sect in Mexico City that still sacrifices people? Should I follow one type of Lutheran and call the Pope the Antichrist? Or should I become the kind who let their children die rather than seek medical care? What type? Which of the over 40,000 sects of insanity?

      December 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
      • Rob

        What you refer to us religion. There is a difference between religion and faith. Faith is simply believing. If you believe that He is who He says He is; that He was born of a virgin, became man, was the Son of God, was crucified, died, rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. Then that is all. That is quite a mouthful to believe, because it does defy logic. But because it defies logic and reason, it is faith.

        John 20:29: Jesus saith unto him, Because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed [are] they that have not seen, and [yet] have believed.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
        • Rob

          Religion is man made, faith is just that. Faith. Faith is what matters.

          December 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
        • Shelley

          Faith is for the stupid, and for those without the guts to question and to admit when they don't know the answers.

          December 20, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
        • Rob

          Haha. yes, faith is for the stupid and the sinner. I admit I don't have the answers and I am a sinner, it is though faith I attain them.

          Matt 19:24 "Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

          I wish you could know God's mercy and grace. His grace is wonderful!

          December 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
      • PJ

        It's not about finding a religion, it's about finding the one true God... Deuteronomy 4:29
        “But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul."
        Seek God, He will hear you and He will guide you.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
        • Shelley

          Funny how your god provides different "guiidance" across his crazy textbook and does so differently to different readers.

          December 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
      • Rob

        Doris and Shelley, it is as easy as getting down on your knees beside your bed, admitting that you don't have all the answers, believing that He is who He says He is, and humbly asking Him for help. Then thank Him often for what you do have!

        December 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • PJ

      Isaiah 53:6
      All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all.
      The Bible Front to back, (no cherry picking) not only instructs and warns, it also provides the answers. If you are actually looking for answers...

      December 20, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
  8. Me

    To all atheists: Please cherry pick your verses from the new testament. Any rules from the old testament no longer apply. Thanks.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • Alias

      No more 10 commandments then?

      December 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
      • Me

        The 10 commandments are fulfilled in the new testatment. You didnt know that??? C'mon

        December 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
        • Observer

          Me,

          So are complaints about gays. Ooops!

          December 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
        • Me

          Who's complaining? We're just letting them know there's a better lifestyle. Thanks

          December 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • Observer

      Yep. Don't listen to Christians scream about the 10 Commandments from the Old Testament.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • proudatheist

      I always had a problem with this exact thing. If god is all knowing then he knew man would mess up so he just changes his plan halfway through??? Nope, I don't think so. Rubbish.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
      • Me

        Did he really change his plan??? Intrigued here. Please explain

        December 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • PJ

      The Old Testament is the foundation for the New Testament. Be careful! You may be doing more harm than good...

      December 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
    • Shelley

      Why is that, Me? Can't handle that your "god" got his directions wrong in the first go around? You are pathetic, and your religious beliefs are just plain stupid. Good to see religious folk finally getting called out for that, anyway.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
  9. StanfordJD12

    Seven explicit condemnations versus no even penumbral support...yes, that leaves room for debate. I'm glad these people aren't interpreting contracts.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
  10. Jerome

    My favorite thing, still, to this day...is how apparently everyone in the bible speaks enlgish. #1 – Not ONE WORD of an english bible was said by any of these people (if they excised). Its been translated numerous times...So in reality, you dont put your faith in the bible, you put your faith in the translator (and multiple editors, including kings).

    December 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • Me

      Ever heard of the Dead Sea scrolls buddy? yea about that

      December 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
  11. Mike again

    Putin said Gays are a perverted sick people...wise man he is

    December 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • Danny Boy

      Russia doesn't have the problem of political correctness that America has.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
      • Saraswati

        Everywhere has political correctness. It's just different things that are correct.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
  12. Geri

    The Bible says judge not.... Right ? Also there is supposed to be a division between church and state the United States .(is not very united)most of the time. Unless there is a desaster then we forget religious differences.let's stop arguing about the choices that each one of us make.start working together for the common good.Like ending hunger .saving the earh. Loving your neighbor as yourself.or what the religious standing is Of that person.when people stop pulling text to serve there needs any Bible.and maybe just maybe We will have peace.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
    • eddie hurley

      the bible does not say judge not you are missinterperts the bible

      December 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
    • chosenbygrace

      "The Bible says judge not.... Right ?" If you are asking don't state it as if you know what you are talking about. You obviously don't have much idea of what the Bible says, RIGHT? Obviously if you're asking about a basic verse which most of the world, just as you, takes out of context for a feel good JUDGMENT ABOUT GAYS, GUY. Instead of using the Bible as a tool to MAKE YOU AND WHOEVER YOU FEEL LIKE LOOK GOOD, WHY NOT LOOK UP THAT VERSE AND READ IT IN CONTEXT, GUY. WHY NOT GET A DICTIONARY AND LEARN WHAT "JUDGE" MEANS, SINCE YOU'RE DOING IT EVERY SECOND, CLUELESS ONE? Wow, why are there are endless amount of ignorant people like you who use "judge" and don't know what it means? Sickening man. No wonder America is failing, packed with stupid people. READ THE WHOLE PASSAGE GUY, READ THE BIBLE'S VERSES IN CONTEXT IF THERE IS ANY, AND WITH "DO NOT JUDGE", THAT IS NOT ONE VERSE ON IT'S OWN, OK? READ THE WHOLE PASSAGE. Sickening. Jesus is not a tool to make people feel good about whatever they believe, HE IS GOD and said what was true, not "Whatever I say is whatever you want it to mean."

      Jesus, for you clueless people like this guy here, was telling, and here's the irony: PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT FORGIVEN OF THEIR SINS, AKA "BLIND" WITH A "LOG IN THEIR EYE", "HYPOCRITES" TO NOT JUDGE CHRISTIANS, FORGIVEN CHRISTIANS, TRUE CHRISTIANS, WHO MERELY HAVE A "PLANK" IN THEIRS, AND FOR THE HYPOCRITES TO FIRST GET THE LOG OUT OF THEIR'S, MEANING, CAN YOU GUESS RIGHT? MEANING GET FORGIVEN OF YOUR SINS LIKE THE CHRISTIANS ARE, "THEN YOU CAN SEE CLEARLY" TO BE ABLE TO HELP AND TEACH THE BIBLE. Sick of this stupidity.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
  13. OhWell

    So people are getting all butt hurt because of what one man's opinion is...yeah I get it he's on a TV show...and so are all those other people that talk bad about other things...Like God, Jesus, Allah, Muhammad, gays, men, women and all other stuff people want to hate...opinions are like armpits...or what other analogy you want to use. I really don't think it will affect any of our lives but theirs. TV shows come and go.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
    • bowldsbrendonbboi7581

      I think the issue is more on the impact on society when those are considered outcasts. We have all the evidence that the way people view themselves is not from the inside, it comes from the outside. I'm straight, and even if I wasn't at this point in my life, I wouldn't care what he thought about me as I'm sure he could care less what I think of him, but at some point in everyone's lives what others say does effect them. An understanding of the one-up one-down group studies, and blue eyed brown eyed experiments help to understand why what public figures say make a huge difference, and A&E is acting responsibly by taking a position, and understanding the impact of a comment that anyone makes.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
      • OhWell

        What you just said made a lot of sense...if I was to actually care...thank you for taking the time to reply...really, it's appreciated. If I cared about what others said, whether it be a celebrity or not, I have let their words control me. If people would just stop being a bunch of sensitive velvet sacks then I think there would be a lot less drama but hey who I am I to say what would matter...it's just my opinion.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
  14. LALY

    HE IS ABSOLUTLY RIGHT LEAVE HIOM ALONE AND LEAVE HIM ALONE PUT HIM BACK IN THE SHOW AND LET US ENJOY THIS WONDERFULL MAN WE LOVE YOU PHILL ROBERTSON BECAUSE OF YOUR DEEP RESPECT FOR WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES WE STAND BY YOU ME AND ALL MY FAMILY WE ENJOY YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SHOW IF YOUR GONE THEN A+E WILL BE GONE FROM MY TV CHANNELS

    December 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
    • G Edward Teijeiro

      You are their typical viewer: Ignorant redneck...I watched two shows, the first one was funny then after that I saw how stupid and scripted it was...BAH BAH BAH

      December 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  15. Danny Boy

    It's a believer's choice how little or how much he practices his own faith.
    An atheist should not choose this for him.

    December 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
  16. kt

    Wow! wonder why cnn all of suddenly found a scholar on this. Just happened to be a gay scholar at that. I guess murder in the Bible doesn't really mean its bad to murder. You just have to look at the soft tone its put in. Plus its alright to sleep around with all kind of people too. Im sure that passage in the Bible has a different interpertation on it to where it's ok to do it really. Funny how something very plain in the Bible gets turned around. I guess no really means yes. Plus they have it wrong about the conservatives going with that version of the Bible" way off your research there" Its King James Version.

    December 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
    • Observer

      kt,

      The Bible also supports slavery. Why not read one?

      December 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
      • travis

        Actually slavery was already around, the bible puts rules in place to allow slaves freedom after a set amount of time

        December 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
        • Observer

          travis,

          Read a Bible someday. It only freed God's chosen people. Tough luck for others.

          December 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
      • kt

        Yeh they are things in the Bible telling a Christian to whether a slave or not to show ones self as a christian.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
        • kt

          That might of been servants instead of slaves but really dont know if they were any difference or not in that.

          December 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
        • robbie357

          Throughout the New Testament, workers under the employment of others are refered to as "slaves." Buy a clue for once!

          December 20, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
  17. Josh

    So, a Gay Rights activist and a Psychologists are your Biblical "experts"? Wow. Keep up the good work. Why don't we go to Twitter to get some valuable feedback?

    December 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • OhWell

      Why go to Twitter...it seems like we have enough of those "experts" here...Haha bunch of sensitive velvet sacks.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
  18. QS

    The concept of "spreading the word" is the basis for all that is wrong with religion.

    If your beliefs dictate to you that you must go around and try to "convert" people to your way of thinking in order to "save" them, your beliefs are inherently starting you off from a foundation of immediately looking down on others and seeing them as things that need to be fixed rather than as fellow humans who should not have to be made to feel guilty just because they don't believe your particular brand of delusion.

    Even beyond how it treats gay people, religion is specifically designed to start people off in life with little regard for diversity and far too much paranoia and suspi.cion of others to be truly considered anything close to resembling altruism.

    December 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • Hope this helps

      Soooo, your post... it shares your belief and you are trying to convert people into believing it is wrong to convert people?

      December 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
      • Jeb Bush

        Where does he try to convert people to anything?

        December 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
  19. Ethanreyes

    When I read these threads about religion I always marvel how atheists always call religious people "ignorant" yet so few of them are actually studied in their own determination of their non-faith. Not all Christians are ignorant, many of us are quite the opposite and have come to the conclusion, through reason, and in many instances scientific reasoning and theory that supports a God. Study up on the Anthropic principle, the scientic theory that supports God. The Big Bang and God can coexist. Evolution and God can coexist and you may be shocked to find the Catholic Church supports this. Read "Catholism"by Fsther Barron

    December 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • UncleM

      The anthropic principle shows that no god is needed. There no scientific evidence of any gods, and religions fail at the most basic logical hurdles.

      December 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
      • Ethanreyes

        The principle argues that the existence of the universe was brought forth to produce human life. The church argued that God, the first mover put it in motion

        December 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • Jeb Bush

      If you believe the Bible, a book of fairytales that was written by a bunch of goat herders, to be the word of "God", you immediately disqualify yourself from having an intelligent conversation about anything.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
      • Hope this helps

        If you believe the Bible, is a book of fairytale, even though you provide no evidence and it is clear the literary style of the gospels are historical narrative, you immediately disqualify yourself from having an intelligent conversation about anything

        December 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
        • Jeb Bush

          In the reality that sane people live, when one tells a story, the burden of proof is on them.

          For most of the stories of the Bible including Christ's birth, death, execution, and resurrection, there is no evidence whatsoever to support their being anything more than fairytales.

          December 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
    • G Edward Teijeiro

      I became a Knights Of Columbus in my church, within a year, I stopped going as I saw the complete hypocrisy...It's not the ignorance, it's the hypocrisy. How many times have you been cut off in traffic by someone who's care had a "Love Christ" type of bumper sticker?

      December 20, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
  20. Doc Vestibule

    When the American south was forced to rescind Jim Crow laws and accept racial integration, it was loud mouthed Christians (namely Baptists) who most strongly opposed equality.
    Wallie Criswell, an extremely popular and influential Southern Baptist Minister famously said "Let them integrate! Let them sit up there in their dirty shirts and make all their fine speeches. But they are all a bunch of infidels, dying from the neck up."
    Scarcely half a century later, the zeitgeist has shifted so radically that such open racism is considered abhorrent to the very same Christian sect that spouted scripture to justify insti.tutionalized bigotry.
    The modern Christian condemnation of ho.mose.xuality will soon be viewed with the same sense of shame that the memory of segregation elicits.

    December 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • Rfrman

      What racism? When did being gay become a race? What the man said about blacks was not racist.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
      • Doc Vestibule

        Sure sure.
        Southern Baptists werent' racist and neither were Mormons.
        Whatever helps you sleep at night.

        I'm saying that some Christians used scripture to argue against racial integration, just they some Christians use scripture to try and keep gays from obtaining equal rights.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
      • Saraswati

        It depends on your definition of racism which is a term used in a lot of different ways. However, a primary use of the term is thinking less of one race than another, and thinking that as a white man with no expertise in social issues you know more about what is good for the black population than the many experts from within that community is an insult at least bordering on many a definition of racism.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
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