Get Ready for the Big Gay Bible

The Queen James edition rethinks homosexuality

Courtesy of Queen James Bible

What the Bible has to say about homosexuality has long been up for debate. And while the scripture – however much it was passed down through much doctoring over the centuries – it takes a pretty steadfast view (in the Old Testament anyway) against all things gay. But by the time Jesus makes an appearance – with a much more tolerant view of people – things start looking up.

But things have never looked quite so rosy for religious queers as they do now that a new version of the Bible has been produced. This one – known as the Queen James Bible – is a gay-friendly alternative to the “Good Book.” It’s basically been scrubbed of references that are believed to be homophobic.

But before anyone gets too upset over the editing, we should consider that the Bible itself is by no means a pristine document. It has gone through many, many revisions – leaving much up to interpretation and applied through a cultural context that may not exactly make a whole lot of sense as we approach 2013. The book of Leviticus (where the famous passage about man being forbidden to lie with man) has its share of winners.

For instance, should anyone who curses his mother or father really be killed (Leviticus 20: 9)? If a man has sex with a woman during her period – should they both be shunned (Leviticus 20:18)? Are people with disabilities really banned from the church (Leviticus 21: 17-18)?

The extreme isn’t only found in Leviticus, however. There are also these beauties: Should people who preach against God be put to death (Deuteronomy 13: 5)? Should only men with both testicles be allowed into church (Deuteronomy 23: 1)?

The list goes on. That’s why the editors of this big gay Bible said they decided to reinterpret verses in order to create a more culturally sympathetic book.

“Homosexuality was first mentioned in the Bible in 1946 in the Revised Standard Version,” according to the editors. “There is no mention of or reference to homosexuality in any Bible prior to this – only interpretations have been made. Anti-LGBT Bible interpretations commonly cite only eight verses in the Bible that they interpret to mean homosexuality is a sin; Eight verses in a book of thousands!”

They do have a point. But if we polish up verses that can be construed as anti-gay, what about others that are anti-woman or even culturally insensitive? Does it make more sense to simply read between the lines and appreciate some of the more lofty, symbolic goals – like being decent to each other in the first place?

Tell us what you think: Should Biblical passages about homosexuality be reexamined or left as is?

Around The Web

Be respectful of our online community and contribute to an engaging conversation. We reserve the right to ban impersonators and remove comments that contain personal attacks, threats, or profanity, or are flat-out offensive. By posting here, you are permitting Philadelphia magazine and Metro Corp. to edit and republish your comment in all media.

  • Matthias

    This by far is man showing how much they will stop at nothing to satisfy their sinful desires. Read and study the bible first to understand the unfolding of Gods will, those Old Testament commands were for a specific people (Jews) and for a certain time frame ( When Christ came and fulfilled the law). Thats why Christ came and gave better laws upon better promises, so therefore look to the new law to understand what Christ wants of us. Gays and atheist always quote and compare the laws of the old that were removed and speak as though the remain, why not quote Jesus or His apostles, didnt His disciples preach that homosexuality is a sin, have u ever heard His apostles say stone the none believer, stop mixing up God’s words to give room to your evil desires. Homosexuality, murder,adultery etc all are spoken of in Jesus;s new law as sin, u choose to be so thats ur decision, but its still not accepted with God, and a gay friendly bible or government will not change that.

  • Strasno Kudoviste


    Corinthians 6:9-10 – “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (NIV).

    Romans 1:26-27 – “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.” (NIV)

  • A person essentially help to make seriously posts I would state. This is the very first time I frequented your web page and thus far? I surprised with the research you made to create this particular publish extraordinary. Magnificent job!

  • Thank you for taking the time to publish this information very useful! I’m still waiting

  • I’ve been exploring for a little for any high-quality articles or blog posts on this sort of area . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this website. Reading this info So i’m happy to convey that I’ve an incredibly good uncanny feeling I discovered just what I needed. I most certainly will make sure to do not forget this site and give it a glance on a constant basis.