Thursday, September 01, 2011
The Bible Is Not A Plaything
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, has asked the Committee on Bible Translation to update the New International Version Bible to include more animal-friendly language, according to CNN.All right - I've had it. The Bible is not a plaything. "Scholarship" does not serve agendas. This is perhaps the most bass-akwards thing I have ever read. So naked in stating that the agenda is ahead of anything else.
In a letter to translators, the group called the Bible's current text "speciesist" and requested that pronouns like "he" and "she" be used instead of "it" when referring to animals.
I don't want to go all prophetic here, but reading something like this I have a good idea what Moses felt like when he descended from Sinai and found the golden calf. At the moment, I don;t blame him for dashing the tablets.
It's one thing to stretch an exegetical point. But this is a naked effort to shape the Bible to our own will and desires. This makes proof-texting look like pilfering a rubber band at work.
Is this really our societal view of scripture? If so, I'm buying flood insurance.