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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. Jimbo

    You idiots are so worried about what he thinks about gay people....who cares?!?!? This crap aint news.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I don't care what this guy says. What bothers me are the people who seems to think that the First Amendment guarantees his continued employment after he insults some of his employers clients.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
  2. Observer

    Robertson exercised his freedom of speech.

    A&E exercised their right to not project an image of ignorance and bigotry.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • mattmchugh

      True and true.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
    • What Now

      That's the way it seems to me also.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • Elliott Carlin

      by expressing their religions bigotry. wow.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
  3. Chuck

    Who's this "Paul" that people keep referring to? Isn't Christianity about what Jesus taught, not some other guy? Why does Paul have so much say?

    December 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • Michelle Obama

      He was Jesus's younger and less astute brother, but he was born the old-fashioned-bump-and-grind-kind-of-way so he doesn't fit into the whole God story too well unfortunately....

      December 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • sam stone

      Well, John and George are gone, and no one wants to follow Ringo

      December 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
      • Pfft

        10 points to you sir! Well played.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
  4. spartan74

    Here's an idea. If your religion says that being gay is wrong, then don't be gay. If someone else is gay, it's none of your business. If you're gay and your religion says it's wrong, it's time to find a new religion. Or better yet, forget about man made religions all together and talk to your God directly. You'll get much better answers that way instead of using fake translators who make up what they want you to believe.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • Fake Topher

      (sighs) Fake religions, fake belief systems, fake gods ....

      (sighs)

      fake topher 😦

      December 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
  5. Eileen

    Since when are media, politicians or celebrities the ones that decide if what the Bible teaches is right? Religious beliefs are just that and they are protected, private and free.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
  6. Spaz

    Guess what. No one important reads these comments. Your opinions are digital poo. No one cares. I don't care what you think and you don't care what I think. It makes you feel good to vent your feelings because you think it will make a difference. Your wrong. Don't reply to this either because I'm not going to come back and read anything on this site later. I'm bored at work and have no idea why I ended up here in the first place. Also, most of you display your ignorance in your failure to craft a properly worded sentence. BTW, the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
  7. Fake Topher

    I only hate god as much as I hate Eeyore ... which isn't much, since they're fictional characters used in stories 🙂

    December 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
  8. tbrown17

    Hey boss, we ran out of steam on the 'strip search' story; now Duckie is getting cold. What's next to entertain the common people? Heck son, just wait Sarah Palin is set to say something really stooped. – Network/CNN/FOX boss.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
  9. Steve

    Who would have thought, decades after the Cold War ended, that it would be America that has become The Land of Censorship, where the only opinions allowed are those endorsed by the politically correct

    December 20, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
    • Observer

      Steve,

      It must be tough to see so many people trying to practice the Golden Rule.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • Danny Boy

      True.They don't have the tyranny of political correctness in Russia.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • Truth

      I missed the part where this guy was censored and we were enied the right to hear what he has to say. Oh, you don't mean censorship the way it is defined, you mean after someone has their say we are supposed to respect what they said and not say anything? Wouldn't that be censoring me? So this duck fool makes anti-human remarks and no one is shutting him up or putting him in jail, he get's to go on saying what he wants. Now as a private company that has customers who may not buy our products if they are associated with such foolishness I have every right to pull my commercials from A&E if they didn't drop this guy from their show, and that is the hand of the free market, so A&E made the right choice.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • Susan StoHelit

      Awww, you poor thing!!!

      You can't insult your employer in a major magazine without them thinking maybe they don't want to work with you, waaaah! Sob, sob.

      It's not censorship – he can say what he likes. No one stopped him. But you think that freedom of speech means no one can disagree with you? That's their freedom of speech. You think that you are protected from all consequences? Nope.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
  10. Dave48

    The Duck star is right. The author is reading in his personal assumption instead of looking at the historical grammatical context.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
  11. Debbie

    The quote from President Lincoln had nothing to do with this current argument . Lincoln's quote comes from his 2nd Inaugural Address when he attempted to reunite our country and "bind up our country's wounds" one month before the end of the Civil War. Are you trying to make an analogy here, Mr. Burke?

    December 20, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
  12. Tom

    Hey look, Miley Cyrus did something disgusting again. Lets go support her instead of supporting someone who speaks their beliefs (right or wrong).

    December 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
  13. truelib

    This whole episode is simply part of Disney's (A&E) war on Christianity. Christians should not do business with Disney until they get all their networks to declare a truce with Christians.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • Free Nuts

      A war? A truce? Are you sure it's not just a flesh wound?

      December 20, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
    • sadlyperturbed

      Give me a break. There is NO war on Christians except in some peoples minds. Apparently you are one of them. What is happening is people are waking up tot he fact that religion is a fictional idea used in the past to control populations and answer questions those people could not answer for themselves. Nowadays people find they no longer need to be told how to live and who they can love. get over this fantasy about a war on Christians. There isn't one.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • Praisethelard

      Walt Disney was an anti-semite... now you think that what's left of a portion of his company is anti-christian?

      December 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • Michelle Obama

      Maybe it's a war on stupidity?

      December 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
    • Susan StoHelit

      Yeah, right. You're a 75% of the population poor persecuted minority – poor Christians, they've only got the entire country, but now and again someone disagrees with them, doesn't want to support some bigoted view, and that hurts their feeeewwings, and they just can't deal with it, so persecuted!

      December 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
  14. Gary Simpson

    The MSM and CNN in particular will side with the "Gay Lobby" no matter what – it is part of their agenda and they will destroy anyone or anything who opposes it! The Gay life style has been glorified as mainstream – CNN wants to cram it down our throats (no pun intended). If Gay is your thing – fine with me – enjoy yourself. But don't cram it down my throat and try to tell me its OK.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
    • Nathanial

      Absolutely, much as if I do not want the bible crammed down my throat or told that it is more than fiction I have a right to that. So this entire article is moot because it is about the interpretation of a book written by a Council of men of what they think happened years and years before...fiction

      December 20, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
      • John

        I understand this is just your opinion. But, given that I am your boss you are fired.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
      • Divdar

        Agree with you there. It is all about interpretation. Some interpret it one way, others another. That is why there are different denominations. How much does it matter if it is a fiction book. If I decide to base my moral standards on someone else's writings, be it Paul, Mohammed, O'hare, Dr Suess, it doesn't make them any less valid than whatever you use to base your moral standards upon. I should be able to exercise my beliefs, free and clear of any suppress (such as how some use separation of church and state), the same as you.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
    • Jackson

      Conservatives and FOX News will cram christianity down America's throat, even though this is not a theocracy.

      When you only call out one side, you show your bias. You aren't interested in equality and fairness, you are only interested in making a partisan talking point.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • bill

      oh, the poor persecuted straight christians. pobrecitos...

      December 20, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
  15. Claudia

    It is so complicated because humans do not like to hear that what they love to do is wrong. To love your own life is much easier than to love the truth. Human nature is full of pride.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • BCS2006

      You mean the human nature god created us with? We get punished because he made a flawed product?

      December 20, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
      • Tom

        God gave us free will. When we choose incorrectly, he forgives us (when we ask).

        December 20, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
      • Christine Falk

        Of course we are a flawed product. We are flawed, living an inperfect life, given the choice to either accept of deny a relationship with him...

        December 20, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
        • BCS2006

          If his ultimate goal is to win souls for heaven and his kingdom and he is all powerful and loving...why even create the potential danger for a person to destroy their own soul?

          If your spouse was a heroin addict you wouln't drive them down to the nearest heroin den, hand them 5 grand and say 'Honey, I love you, if you come back clean I will forgive you. If you so much as take one injection, I will torture you mercilessly forever".

          How can you love someone and willingly put them in mortal danger when you absolutely have the power to protect them?

          December 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
      • Ecal

        I'm not even sure why am I even jumping in this conversation, but your statement is so out there that I had to. Our sinful tendencies do not come from God's flawed product, but from our desire to take His place and to make it better.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
        • BCS2006

          God is all powerful. God is all knowing. God created everything. God created free will. God knew free will would lead to evil. God knowingly created the environment for human evil, does nothing about it, and punishes people for what he created in them.

          To say otherwise as you have said accomplishes the following:
          god is not all knowing, in which case, why worship him?
          or
          god is not all powerful....in which case, why worship him?
          or
          god is evil and apathetic.......in which case, why worship him?

          December 20, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
      • Claudia

        I believe that God's creation was good, very good. When humans desired to be like God and disobeyed Him, human's nature changed. We deserve eternal death and eternal punishment because of our disobedience. But "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16. That everlasting life is not only in heaven but here in earth. God wants to guide us and give us the power we need so we can live a life that is well pleasing to His eyes. There is love in God creating a being in His own image, a being with free will.

        December 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
      • Danny

        God gave us a choice so that we could choose Him of our own free will or choose to follow our own 'flawed desires'. The issue is not with the product the issue is with the decision that we make on our own.

        December 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
  16. Jeff

    The serious down side to all of this, once abnormal becomes normal a lot of psychologists are going to be unemployed. If society supports the abnormal as normal, isn’t society discriminating psychologist for caring to help others. And if caring for others is wrong, well then let’s all just stop caring!.

    Hello nut farm!

    December 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • Observer

      The abnormality of ignorance and bigotry is being eliminated by education.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • Nathanial

      Hello, it has not been in the DSM for years....

      December 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
    • Dan

      So, "normal" is believing in magic sky-men that take over the minds of a few ancient guys so those guys can write a book about those same magic sky-people? That's normal? Is an adult that believes in leprechauns or unicorns also normal? How about Santa? Sauron has a book too. Can I worship him and still be normal?

      December 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
      • Jeff

        Normal is not sticking your penis in the poop-shoot and saying "HEY THIS IS GOOD!"

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

          Jeff,

          Ask some of your hetero male friends who do that to their girlfriends. Ooops.

          December 20, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
      • Dan

        One day you will stand before the Creator of heaven and earth and have to give an account for your life. And then the gravity of truth will become apparent to you. Only then it will be too late. The majesty and complexity of this creation is sufficient to give testimony of His work. Only a fool says in his hear there is no God.

        December 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
    • ms codpiece

      which then begs the question: who decides what is normal and what is not? that is such a gray area that there is no right or wrong answer! society might think the AMISH abnormal for not embracing technology and electricity but the rest of us think it is normal to have those luxaries. Gay people feel normal loving and being with whomever they are comfortable with but some straight people can never fathom that love and thus consider it abnormal. whenever anything is subjective to opinions there is no black and white...there is a whole lot of gray!

      December 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • Curious

      What's normal again?

      December 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
      • Jeff

        I think he said, this guy "GRAY" is normal. I sure like to meet him. 😉

        December 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
  17. A friend

    Robertson's interpretation is correct. There is no going around it.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • LilRdVet2

      No it is not...nor is any other person that uses this as a method to condemn people...because he like they, never finishes the quote it goes on to say: you were once these things, but you are washed clean by the blood of Jesus Christ. THAT is the part those false preacher and teachers and bigots don't want you to know...they can't keep their flock and followers in line or continue to hate as they wish if they did...because they'd know their sins, no matter how bad, are forgiven... SMH

      December 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • Wildman

      So he's right, and the Bible is the infallible word of God? Then look this up for me: who moved David to take a census of his army: God (2 Samuel 24) or Satan (1 Chronicles 21:1)? It can't be both, since God "cannot be tempted by evil" (James 1:13).

      That's my point. It was translated by fallible humans. We miss God's point completely in some parts of the Bible. God does not preach hate. Period.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
    • ms codpiece

      the operative word is INTERPRETATION! and be honest...the bible can mean so many things and be different to so many people...it is not black and white...it never has been. people read it and get what they want out of it. the bible in of itself is only an interpretation of the MEN who wrote it. if you believe in god then you must believe god would not hate gay people....because god is love. god does not discriminate. people do discriminate and use the lords name to bring their own fears to the forfront.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
  18. RTS ?

    Christians might want to read this.

    #12 Religious Trauma Syndrome: How Some Organized Religion Leads to Mental Health Problems

    Posted: Dec 18, 2013

    http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/tarico20131218

    December 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • jrangel79

      A non biblical assesment outside christianity.. if you are educated enough the find the source of the term and definition, this was a term created from radical Muslims forcing Islam or die on people.. there is your history lesson..

      December 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
      • RTS ?

        Dr. Marlene Winell is a human development consultant in the San Francisco Area. She is also the daughter of Pentecostal missionaries. This combination has given her work an unusual focus. For the past twenty years she has counseled men and women in recovery from various forms of fundamentalist religion including the Assemblies of God denomination in which she was raised. Winell is the author of Leaving the Fold – A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving their Religion,

        December 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
  19. John

    This guy was baited. It's not like he just came out and said it in a press conference. I don't agree with his opinions, nor do I even watch Duck Dynasty, but the guy expressed his opinions because he was asked about them in an interview. Are people allowed to have opinions these days (like them or not)? I guess if you have the "wrong" opinion, you will suffer the consequences...Welcome to America, 2013.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • truelib

      That is not the way America is supposed to be. We are to be a beacon of Liberty in the world, a place where people can express their opinion and debate can proceed. If we eliminate free expression we will end up like other Progressive societies that ended badly in the 20th century (ie Soviet Union).

      December 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
      • sly

        Well put. The day we suppress someone's right to fire their employees, that's the day we are in trouble.

        Thank our Good Lord Jesus for A&E, and for supporting their right to free choice.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
  20. poseidon

    It's quite amusing to watch the left, those who pander to the non-believers and anti-Christians, debate over the true meaning of a book they believe to be a made-up fairytale. It's like watching them argue about a Dr. Seuss book. They are desperately trying to twist the meaning to fit their narrative.

    When you see words like "isn't quite clear", "people misread this text because it's so complicated", "is likely based on rumors", and "That's the tricky part", what it means is that they have no idea and are just filling in the gaps with their own biased opinions – opinions no more worthy than Robertson's.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • A friend

      They are less worthy because the y are being deceitful.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
    • Nathanial

      So are you sayin that every non conservative is not a christian?

      December 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
      • Dee

        Of course they are !! I guess they missed the parts in the Bible about love, compassion and tolerance.

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

        I didn't say that, now did I? I'm not Mr. Robertson. No need to try to put words in my mouth like you are his.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
        • Nathanial

          "It's quite amusing to watch the left, those who pander to the non-believers and anti-Christians"..

          December 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
        • Nathanial

          Actually I am tired of individuals such as you thinking that someone who is not a died in wool conservative somehow panders and that there is only left and right....There are those of us called independent moderates. We think through each issue and make up our own minds without the help of others. We may support gun rights, but support abortion too, we may support smaller government but believe in Medicare.

          December 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
        • poseidon

          @Nathanial

          Do you have a point? The left does indeed pander to the atheists and anti-christian. That's simply a fact and does not say that everyone on the left is "not a christian". The left is solidly behind the move to eradicate christianity from our lives. Facts are facts.

          December 20, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
    • sly

      dude ... us non-TeaBillies don't even read your Koran or whatever your holy book is.

      I've never been inside one of your mosques or temples or churches, never opened your big books.

      And I love to sleep with as many cute chicks as I can.

      See ... we all have different ways of enjoying our lives!

      December 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
      • poseidon

        This is a nonsensical response....

        December 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      So, left wing atheists created the 30,000+ versions of christianity?

      December 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
      • poseidon

        30,000+ versions. Makes my point that they are all just making it up and filling the gaps with their own biases – whatever those biases may be. Their opinions and interpretations are no more valuable than yours, mine, or Mr. Robertson's.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          Above you singled out the left for criticism but now you say all are making it up. Which is it?

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

          @HotAirAce

          The left is singled out because it is the left making this senseless and crude interview into a debate on religion. When a liberal makes a statement about their interpretation of the bible you will not see tens of thousands of conservatives flood social media trying to denounce, marginalize, and demonize the liberal.

          The left is also singled out because the thrust in the liberal world is anti-religion to begin with.

          December 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • Thor

      The Bible is indeed a fictional account, much of which was stolen from the Babylonians. Read the Epic of Gilgamesh. Liberals don't pander to anyone. Rather, we are intelligent enough to fathom more educated people's outrage at redneck drivel.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
      • poseidon

        Being elitist bigots doesn't make liberals "intelligent" by any means. Can you fathom the outrage from the right when one of yours stated that someone should urinate and defecate into the mouth of a popular conservative? Vile and vulgar liberal drivel? Do you fathom that?

        December 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • Jeff

      Can't one disagree with something and discuss it objectively without being accused of bashing it? Just because you say something isn't clear doesn't mean you're grasping at straws to find a narrative for a viewpoint you support. Sometimes the correct answer is its not clear and that's ok. Maybe the author didn't want it to be clear. Some things are open to interpretation. We have free will to scrutinize and interpret texts for ourselves. There are gray areas that will never go black or white and that is ok. If some readers want to accept things on the surface and not study prologue or subtext, that's their prerogative. If some don't want to read it all and just accept another readers translation, well, then they're free to do that too.

      December 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
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