If you want to get Fox News and other right-wing media and religious figures in a frenzy, say something mean about the bible. That’s exactly what GQ Magazine did last week when they published an article titled, 21 Books You Don’t Have to Read.
“The Holy Bible is rated very highly by all the people who supposedly live by it but who in actuality have not read it,” novelist Jesse Ball wrote in the article. “Those who have read it know there are some good parts, but overall it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced.”
The piece argues that many of the “Great Books” we’ve been taught to revere are not the exalted works of literary art and inspiration they’re made out to be.
“We’ve been told all our lives that we can only call ourselves well-read once we’ve read the Great Books. We tried,” GQ’s editors wrote in the article’s introduction. “We realized that not all the Great Books have aged well. Some are racist and some are sexist, but most are just really, really boring.”
Not surprisingly, Christianity’s social media soldiers were in an uproar. Posting to Twitter, evangelical minister Franklin Graham declared in a tweet that GQ “couldn’t be more wrong.”
“Guess they can’t explain why the Bible is the bestselling & most widely distributed book in the world. Maybe the editors should read it again,” Graham tweeted along with a link to a Breitbart article covering the story.
.@GQMagazine included the Bible in “21 books you don’t have to read before you die.” They couldn’t be more wrong. Guess they can’t explain why the Bible is the bestselling & most widely distributed book in the world. Maybe the editors should read it again. https://t.co/nPqeMI5KV3
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) April 21, 2018
In a segment for FOX & friends, religion contributor Father Jonathan Morris said the magazine’s choice was “foolish and a shame.”
“Even if you don’t believe this is an inspired word of God, in the last 50 years 3.9 billion have read the book,” he said.
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) April 22, 2018
That sentiment was echoed in *various* ways across Twitter.
GQ magazine says the Bible, our inspired Word of God is obsolete. This is the book our constitution and laws were based upon. Do not fall for the liberal trash that is being spread thru our nation; the USA's existence is at stake.
— Nancye J. May (@nanjmay6478) April 23, 2018
The Bible "Overrated"?
‘It’s a Shame’: GQ Magazine Puts the Bible on List of Most Overrated Books Ever https://t.co/m13WiWagPL
— Dorcas L (@DjLots3) April 22, 2018
GQ magazine calling the HOLY BIBLE OVERRATED. CALIFORNIA, try to ban its sales ! REALLY! AMERICA, is heading towards APOSTASY! Do u see where this is going?
LIBERAL, PROGRESSIVES WANT TO REMOVE R GOD, TAKE R GUNS & SILENCE UR VOICE! END RESULT..SMALL STEPS TOWARDS SOCIALISM! pic.twitter.com/CtealrYXUa
— Anthony Marcella (@TonyMar59) April 22, 2018
It should be noted that many of people in the tweets cited above regularly disparage the holy books of other religions. But to paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, it’s hard to see your own hypocrisy when you think the universe was designed with you in mind.
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