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Wal-Mart has a policy in place to protect its customers from the obscenity and wickedness that writers put into books, yet they still have a few books on the shelves that are terribly indecent—one must assume that their censors are simply too busy to have read them to determine the unpleasantness of their content. In order to help them become more consistent, I urge everyone to sign the petition asking that one of these unsavory texts be removed immediately.

(via Aaron Kinney)

Comments

  1. #1 Ichthyic
    August 31, 2006

    Have they looked at the hundreds of romance novels on their shelves??? My goodness, they almost self-ignite from all the friction induced heat trapped between the covers.

    oh, I do think you must provide direct evidence to support your contention.

    Please provide direct quotes from specified texts, if you would be so kind…

  2. #2 Carlie
    September 2, 2006

    Absolutely, violent history can be learned from. In fact, it has to be – whitewashed history is incredibly dangerous. I never said that people shouldn’t learn from history, quite the contrary. You’re viewing the post and the linked letter as an attack directly on the Bible, rather than what it was said to be, and what I then brought it back to: if Wal-Mart has a policy against selling any books with violence and sex, they have to include the Bible in that. It’s quite simple.

    What does being an atheist have to do with believing there is such a thing as history? Atheists don’t believe in nothing (that’s nihilism) – they simply believe in one less god than you do. (to steal from Dawkins)

    In fact, I could swing that around and use a creationist argument – you weren’t there, so you don’t really know that history happened, so why bother to learn or teach or believe it?

  3. #3 Mark Hubbell
    September 3, 2006

    My point, Carlie and Kagehi, is that this Bible that you are so upset about contains a vast amount of history. Nearly all of the Old Testament is history (with the exception of the wisdom literature like Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon and some of the prophetic books). Similarly, much of the New Testament is history (such as the four Gospels and Acts).

    That history is not license to do all the negative things you are suggesting. Rather, it is a backdrop for biblical teaching on how to live, and the story of God’s redemptive purposes.

    I do not know Wal-Mart’s policies on selling books with violence or sex in them. But the argument against the Bible is a silly one.

    And the argument to not study or learn from history because I was not there to view it is absurd. We learn from studying history. To avoid that is to suppress truth and to condemn us to live in the past.

    You may have one less God than I do, and that is unfortunate. If you were to read the Bible seriously you would discover that God does in fact exist. You would learn of His character and how He has worked through history. You would learn of your origins, why the world is so troubled, and how it can be redeemed.

    In spite of what Dawkins et. al teach, life does have purpose and meaning. You have yet do discover that meaning.

    Taking ignorant pot shots at the Bible while professing to be wise is a formula for disaster. Fortunately, God gives you free will. You can choose to refuse redemption. And that gives you an unobstructed opportunity to reap the consequences.

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