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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. NorthVanCan

    Atheists couldn't do a better job than this guy …the Duck.

    December 21, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
    • Dan

      Keep your delusions to yourself.

      December 21, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
  2. Steve

    The Bible, being mostly fictional, has any meaning a person wants to attach to it.

    December 21, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
    • edmundburkeson

      When you pass, Steve, there will still be more evidence that the Bible was true than for you ever living on this earth. and the bible will still have more meaning and make more sense than you.

      December 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
      • sam

        Translation: "My dad's gonna get you when you die!!"

        Brilliant.

        December 21, 2013 at 10:04 pm |
    • Dave

      There is zero fiction, and much fact to be discovered if you'll only set aside your atheistic predispositions (upbringing) and READ. There is so much proof of the truth of the Bible that it is truly embarrassing to be an atheist today. More than a third of the Bible is prophetic, God, declaring the end from the beginning, so that man is without excuse. For whatever reason, God chose to use man to deliver his message to man. "But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty." I suppose I don't stand a chance arguing my point to a true atheist, liken to an enraged driver who is approaching the apex of a hill, and the bridge is out. "Hey, the bridge is out!!! Stop!!" The response, "shut up psycho, everyone knows that roads go on uninterrupted." (Yes, trivial, but relevant). The Bible is a collection of 66 books, written by about 40 authors, in three different languages, on three different continents, over about 1600 years, and yet has more continuity than our most revered "works of art in literature." Please look up Bible prophecy fulfilled in our lifetime. You'll discover that Israel became a nation again (the harbinger of the end times). This happened on May 14, 1948. On the day of her birth, all of the surrounding Islamic satanic nations tried to 'erase her' from the map. We all see how THAT went. Again in 1967, when Jerusalem was captured by Israel in response to war, the same thing happened. There is no possible reason that Israel is still alive today considering the overwhelming odds against her, EXCEPT for the fact that God Almighty SAID, in the last generation, I will raise Israel up again, and everyone that comes against her will be CUT INTO.....PIECES. Let that sink in for a minute. I could spend the next several hours continuing this defense, but I'm not going to. If you want to hear the rest, HONESTLY look it up for yourself, with an open mind. Turn off MSNBC, ABC, etc. and use your brain. YOUR time is very short. I paraphrase: "When Israel is reborn as a nation in the last generation of mankind, NOT A GENERATION will pass (the average Biblical generation at the time this was written was 70 years!!!!! which translates to 2018.) until ALL is fulfilled (Biblical prophecy – to include, the final invasion of Israel, the destruction of Iran/Russia because of it, the complete annihilation of China when they invade the M.E.) Time is short. You can continue saying that the world is flat, there is no God, I am exempt from his expectations. "Ignorance" will never get you out of a speeding ticket. It certainly won't get you out of eternity separated from God because you.....didn't "know."

      December 21, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
      • UncleM

        Delusion.

        December 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
      • Dan

        There is little to NO fact in the bible my brain-washed friend.

        December 21, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
        • Dave

          Really???? So, in your atheistic mind, Israel actually DOESN'T EXIST TODAY!!! Amazing!!! In your religion, Iran doesn't exist today AND call for Israel's destruction.....AMAZING!!! In your religion, Russia has ZERO dealings with Iran (Persia), ESPECIALLY NOT NUCLEAR REACTORS!!!! OH!!!! You know, those silly things that in the hands of evil people can produce nuclear weapons!!! NO!!! In your mind, all of the nations surrounding Israel actually ARE NOT calling for her to be WIPED OFF THE MAP!!!! Amazing!!!! I haven't read this version of history ANYWHERE!!! (Even at Disneyland!) In your version of reality, we absolutely ARE NOT headed towards a one-world economy and eventually one-world government. That could NEVER happen in our current environment!!!! Silly me!! Brain washed you call me. Yeah, that's an interesting oxymoron. I've just listed only a few of MANY FACTS in the Bible that have no description other than supernatural. Now, your turn. List just ONE provably false statement in the Bible. I SO await your response.

          December 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
        • Max

          Uh oh. Punctuation overload.
          Solid wall of text with no paragraphs.
          He's gonna blow.

          How about this? How did Isaiah get the name of the Messiah so demonstrably wrong?

          And Dan said not one word about Israel, did he? Lay off the Red Bull.

          December 21, 2013 at 9:47 pm |
        • Dave

          @Max:

          Will you please make a single, actual, argument? Or at least, counter mine with an actual fact!? I didn't think so. Please learn to differentiate the OT from the NT (and what that actually means!) Embarrassing!

          December 21, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
        • sam

          Thanks Dave. I'd ask you to get help, starting with meds, but...people like you drive more folks away from christianity every day. Thanks for your help! Keep it up!

          December 21, 2013 at 10:03 pm |
      • AirGeorge

        @Dave... Affirmation.

        December 21, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
  3. OBD

    These who are speaking out against Christianity and its values are not seeing the Triggering Mechanisms that are leading up to the AntiChrist to come...Enjoy your reading and remember this....Knowledge is everything but without understanding you can't put principle. theory and application to work. Knowledge is like water and understanding the cup to hold it. Without a cup you lose your knowledge. Without water you have an empty understanding.

    December 21, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
  4. Polar Bear

    Liberals don't believe in the Bible or God so of course, they are going to find something wrong with it.

    December 21, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
    • Steve

      Yes, we try not be be part of the adults-who-believe-in-fairytales nonsense.

      December 21, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
    • Reality Stars are silly people

      man you people have very little experience with liberalism, cause you couldn't be more wrong. I know plenty of liberal christians ... get a handle on reality fellas, it's MUCH bigger than YOU think. WOW ...what a bunch of silliness!

      December 21, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
    • Maddy

      What a load of malarkey. You haven't a clue, do you?

      December 21, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
    • Jerrystinger

      Liberal and conservative Americans share the same Scripture. What Christianity in America must understand is:
      Our nation was founded on the principle that we exercise our freedom to worship as we individually choose instead of adhering to a state mandated form of worship. We separated the church from the state. We have fundamental rights to worship, interpret and donate to whichever religion we choose. And we did. That is why America has so many interpretations of The Holy Scriptures. In my opinion, we lost that separation of church and state when our respective forms of worship became powerful political advocates through those donations. Any one of us can freely define or interpret those passages as we please, assemble a congregation of like minded folk and have at it. We are one nation under many gods. Neither is right and no one religion is absolutely wrong in our politically correct world. This ain't the Middle East. These are the tolerant United States of America. I don't agree with your interpretation. You don't agree with mine. Fine. We'll still defend our community and trade with one another. Happy holidays, fellow Americans.

      December 21, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • tony

      So Jesus didn't believe in the bible or god?

      December 22, 2013 at 12:22 am |
  5. Dave

    Read the red words if you want to understand what Christ would have believed. The Old Testament is just as it is named, OLD.

    December 21, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
  6. Texasmike

    The bible also supports slavery, subjection of women and sacrificing the lives of sons and daughters to God. So, is the bible unalterable or is it just the rightwingers NOW just stuck in their ways and using the bible as a crutch for their prejudices?

    December 21, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
    • Firsto

      Google the word "cherrypicking". ;^)

      December 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
    • OBD

      actually the slavery you speak up is out of context. so to use it as you have done your correct. But to use it as a christian and understand what the enviroment was concerning it well then we get to not just knowledge but also understanding.

      December 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
      • Trey

        Bull. Don't give me that economic garbage. If God wanted to be rid if slavery, HE WOULD HAVE FORBID IT. One would think banning human ownership would have ranked in the top ten.

        December 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
      • Paper Street Soap Co.

        However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way. Leviticus 25:44-46

        Yup, slaves are property and will remain such. Sounds like the very definition of context.

        December 21, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
  7. Rob

    Not sure what Phil was talking about...Jesus was also Gay... He had 12 men at his disposal at all times...Just sayin.

    December 21, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
  8. Muzzleblast

    If you are already plowing some guy in the bungehole...

    Its not a far leap...to farm animals and domestic pets....

    Amorality and gross debauchery seem to be the way of the future. Welcome to the new world order!

    December 21, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
  9. NorthVanCan

    I'm all for people like this spewing hatred and bigotry .
    How els will young people learn that religion is bad and has no future .
    The world needs to come together and drop this stuff.

    December 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
  10. Muzzleblast

    If you are already plowing some guy in the bung hole...

    Its not a far leap...to farm animals and domestic pets....

    Amorality and gross debauchery seem to be the way of the future. Welcome to the new world order!

    December 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
  11. tony

    Le me play god for a moment. . .

    Why would I need church leaders? I can read every thought instantly. And give advice and my message directly and clearly into each of your minds, in your own language of course

    December 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
    • OBD

      Because he wants a relationship out of free will...Its not a new concept.

      December 21, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
      • rational63

        So why won't he appear directly in front of me and allow me to exercise my free will and choose whether to worship him or not?

        December 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm |
        • OBD

          I guess its because he has his spirit the Holy Spirit already there and you fail to recognize him. What more can he do? It's all up to you.

          December 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
  12. adibese

    You'd think god would have made his word clearer. You'd almost think the bible was written by a bunch of Bronze Age sheep herders who took stories from other religions... or something.

    December 21, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
    • tony

      A real black comedy piece 😉

      December 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
  13. Chuck

    Lay off the Crusicition of this man CNN

    December 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Writing an opinion piece is not persecution.

      December 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
  14. Grumpster

    Derp Dynasty....of course...did you ever expect a redneck to get ANYTHING right?

    December 21, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
  15. faunmax

    I don't think he got it wrong according to what he believes. The bible has been interpretted to mean many things. It's up to you and your church what you take out of it. I don't think it's fair to judge someone interpretations. He wasn't expressing hate or inciting people to violence he was stating a personal opinion of his beliefs. Even the Jim Crow remark was made because of the experience he had growing up in the south. He told you what he saw not what you wanted him to see. I don't see why this political correctness is getting so out of hand. You let people like Miley Cyrus dry hump a married man on live tv, you let rappers say the most vile things about women and murder, Kanye West says the most disgusting things at times calling himself Jesus and yet you jump on a family man with strong religious beliefs who was explaining what his religion teaches. Doesn't make sense to me and I'm a liberal.

    December 21, 2013 at 7:27 pm |
    • VM

      Free speech, baby. Don't like it? Don't listen. Nobody cares.

      December 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
  16. Greg

    What kind of world do we live in where adults suffering from insanity are overlooked and viewed as normal. Believing in religion is a serious mental illness. It is completely mind blowing how people can continue to make irrational decisions based on their imaginary friends, and reading a 2000 year old book, and are continually given social passes for this insane behavior. Stop the madness people!

    December 21, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
    • John

      oh, my. I will pray for you.

      December 21, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
  17. Minister Cherry Williams

    Ducky is telling you the truth!! The warning has went out throughout this world, Read in the Bible the 1st Chapter of Romans. Read the whole chapter. There should be more Pastors, Minister, and all the Christians taking their head out of the sand and let there voices be Heard, telling WHAT 'Thus says the Lord'. Obama does not speak for all American. This act is abomination before God. Just a matter of time before you will feel the Wrath of God! Because you are allowing this wickedness to try and overtake our Moral values that God in the name of Jesus has set before us to follow. God is holding you responsible for getting the truth out there for all to hear. Hebrews 10:30,31 "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God". WHERE ARE THE CHRISTIANS?!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 21, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
    • Frank

      Agree! The "christians" are all apostate. The churches are in retreat. God always judges His people first. And then how will it be for the rest? (answer: not good)

      "For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?" (1 Peter 4:17)

      December 21, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
      • pippin

        I knew this article was going to bring out the loonies.If you're going to follow the Bible word for word:
        -Exodus 35:2 Six days work shall be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on it shall be put to death.
        -Deuteronomy 22:22 “If a man is found lying with the wife of another man, both of them shall die.
        Or do you just follow the commandments that best suits you?

        December 21, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
        • Bishop

          Pippin, that is under the Old Testament Law, which is not in effect today. We are under the New Covenant. The rules are somewhat different. No man or woman could be saved under the law. Thus, it was necessary for the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. There is a reason Christians in the Bible did not keep the Sabbath after the resurrection. Christ nailed it all to the cross.

          December 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
    • Akira

      Obama? Really?
      Is Christianity not a world-wide religion?

      December 21, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
    • Maddy

      When did Obama weigh in on this issue?

      December 21, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Looks like someone is off their medications. . .

      December 21, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
    • sam stone

      you have no authority to speak for god, cherry

      December 21, 2013 at 6:47 pm |
    • tony

      Real gods don't need ministers – ministers on earth are all either crooks or delusioned.

      December 21, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
    • OBD

      Obama was though put in his position by the Lord just as Pharaoh was. It is our position as christians to pray for those over us in all authority and to take a Stand as Phil has which is what the Holy Spirit has placed upon every christian. And I do agree about the Pastors should start speaking up. These who are speaking out against Christianity and its values are not seeing the Triggering Mechanisms that are leading up to the AntiChrist to come...Enjoy your reading and remember this....Knowledge is everything but without understanding you can't put principle. theory and application to work. Knowledge is like water and understanding the cup to hold it. Without a cup you lose your knowledge.

      December 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
      • midwest rail

        " These who are speaking out against Christianity and its values..."
        Or are they, instead, speaking out against contemporary Christians who so rarely reflect those values ?

        December 21, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
  18. Mark Reiter

    It would seem that we are headed towards Thought Police. The progressive movement, especially as exemplified by GLAAD, et al, dreams of a utopia where nobody can say (or think) anything that disturbs those in the progressive movement. They worship the power of government and use it to silence those they are intolerant of. Oh, I forgot, progressives are tolerant of anyone but people they disagree with.

    December 21, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • Max

      Example of where his right to speak was threatened, and where the government enters into this?

      You have your own axe to grind.

      December 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
    • jack

      I totally agree with his right to free speech , but what's really irritating is the way that some will cherry pick and use certain passages from the Bible to justify a social or political position and conveniently ignore other references that may just as easily oppose those positions....

      December 21, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
    • Maddy

      May I remind you that GLAAD is except using their right to free speech? Or is that only reserved for groups you personally agree with?

      December 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
      • Maddy

        * exercising their right...DYAC

        December 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
    • j

      You do realize this is a capitalist country and that removing him from the network isn't the same thing as 'silencing'. Grow a brain and get an education.

      December 21, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
    • Frank

      Yep! We're seeing the same thing that happened under Lenin's revolution. He used the left wing to kill off the right wing, and then he used the different leftist factions to kill each other off. All that was left was the sheep who did as they were told. Lenin, what a joke. Valerie Jarrett is Oblama's "advisor" but in fact is his controller. Persecution of the Church in America is close.

      December 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
      • Maddy

        Um, no. This is a totally absurd premise; Phil's 1st Amendment rights were not violated, and Obama and Jarret are not involved with this. At all.

        December 21, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
    • sam stone

      Really, Marky-Mark? How many conservative christians are blathering empty proxy threats about what god will do those who don't agree with them?

      December 21, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
  19. EdL

    Everyone has the right to quote or interpret the Bible incorrectly. It is not a crime. But there are those who are ready to crucify anyone who does. These are most likely those who also ridicule those who believe in the Bible. Go figure.

    December 21, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
  20. Reality # 2

    Once again-

    Typically, there are economics built into one's beliefs. For example, is Susan Jacoby an atheist because there is money to be made from books, speeches and columns on the subject? Unless she and others in the business of making good income from books, etc. on religion, secularism, or atheism take a vow of poverty, we will never know.

    Glen Beck, a Mormon, $32 million in 2010, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/08/glenn-beck-earned-32-mill_n_529903.html

    and from guidestar.org

    Rev. Franklin Graham $800,000+/yr.
    Rev. Billy Graham, $400,000/yr
    Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield $331,708/yr
    Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, $200,000/yr
    Erica Brown $134,221/yr
    Eboo Patel $120,000/yr and his “non-profit’s” investment portfolio of $1.2 million
    Dr. Herb Silverman $100,000/yr. ?
    Imam Rauf and his wife Daisy, $400,000/yr/ea estimated

    Susan Jacoby ????

    The Robertson family ?????

    The Mormon ti-the empire is tax exempt as are all Christian "religions" and evangelical non-profits costing the taxpayers billions a year in tax revenue.

    – the faith-based federal projects supported by both Bush and Obama: $385 million/yr. and another $2 billion/yr. in grants.

    And keeping Muslim theocracies in power and/or under control:

    One trillion dollars spent in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep koranic-driven "fundies" under control.

    – Eighteen billion dollars/yr. to Pakistan

    – Four billion dollars/yr. to Egypt.

    From: lds-mormon.com/time.shtml

    "All told, TIME estimates that the Latter-day Saints farmland and financial investments total some $11 billion, and that the church's non-t-ithe income from its investments exceeds $600 million. "

    December 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
    • Reality # 2

      And four billion dollars a year to Israel to keep their Abrahamic myths in check.

      December 21, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
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