Atheists to Tear Up Biblical Passages Near Huntington Beach Pier Preacher This Weekend

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It may not have the cache of Michael v. Satan--whole books have been written about that--but a similar conflict is shaping up Saturday afternoon next to the Huntington Beach Pier.

A street preacher who regularly evangelizes to inattentive tourists passing by will find himself joined by atheists tearing up passages plucked from the Holy Bible.

Backyard Skeptics, the loose coalition of Orange County nonbelievers fighting thousands of years of religious dogma with stunts as provocative as handling snakes, is behind the Good Book chopping.

Why?

"[T]to demonstrate that no one can live by certain laws of the bible, and that many verses in the bible are immoral or just plain silly and should not be approved of in today's modern culture," reads a statement Backyard Skeptics leader Bruce Gleason of Fountain Valley sent over.

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It won't be pages from actual bibles that will be ripped up but photocopies of biblical passages. Backyard Skeptics explains it will mirror the scripture shredding Thomas Jefferson did to remove what he believed to be immoral, nonsensical and contradictory parts--which left an 88-page Jefferson Bible.

To prove the point, what's billed as the largest group of non-theists in Orange County cites surveys where biblical passages have been read to modern Christians, who respond negatively without realizing what they just responded to.

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As examples, Gleason's release asks, "Should a woman who was raped be forced to marry her rapist? Should children be stones for insubordination? Should non-virgins be killed on their wedding night?

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Bruce Gleason, skeptic
"Both the Old Testament and New Testament have laws that no good Christian would live by without being thrown in jail."

Extending a virtual olive branch, the statement has Gleason agreeing "that there are many parts of the bronzed-aged text that teach fairness and goodness," but then he adds, "those verses are good whether or not you believe in an omnipotent law-giver."

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The demonstrating, skies opening and Surf City smiting is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

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bmcg61
bmcg61

How to Separate Church & State: A Manual From the Trenches

www.churchstatebook.com

Godisreal
Godisreal

Jesus is real !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God is real and what you do today will be judged before him

Blackfeather
Blackfeather

The problem in doing things like this is that the more religious a person is the more violent they are. Christians justified the attempted elimination of native peoples on two continents as the will of their God. The most likely people to believe in torture are church going Christians. So we must be very careful about angering people with violent tendancies, Christians, Muslims and Jews can justify any act if they believe it is in defense of their God.

javierbaz
javierbaz

The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion not freedom from religion.

javierbaz
javierbaz

God will strike you all dead!

BannedAtheist
BannedAtheist

What's the problem? Thomas Jefferson did far more than that, attacking the Bible with a pair of scissors like an unhinged tailor.

sampledanlee
sampledanlee

Clearly Bruce Gleason is a plant, a double agent, sent  to make Atheism seem

ridiculous  and stupid/    Good work Bruce.

smegmasaurus
smegmasaurus

"It won't be pages from actual bibles that will be ripped up but photocopies of biblical passages."  --  Uh... excuse me, but why not?  That seems like the obvious next question that the reporter should have asked.    

bluesnail1995
bluesnail1995

Long Live our military for freedom of speech!

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

It's one thing to blaspheme Jesus, Mohammad, and Moses, but you're taking your lives in your hands if you mess with the Flying Spaghetti Monster.  You have been warned.

BruceFromHB
BruceFromHB

 @javierbaz Then of course, you will not complain when Muslims or Jews or Taoists come to your church on Sunday since you have no freedom from *their* religion.

thesch
thesch

 @javierbaz you are going to hell if there is one you motherfkr!! ha ha

Blackfeather
Blackfeather

 @BannedAtheist Odd that I am right now reading the Jefferson Bible which was given to every member of government at the time and yet very few know about it. There is an exhibit on the history of the Bible at Muzeo in Anaheim and not one person there knows about the Jefferson Bible.

Blackfeather
Blackfeather

 @sampledanlee I was thinking the exact same thing. Please Bruce do not say you are speaking for Atheists, just for your own interests.

bmcg61
bmcg61

 @ageofknowledge

 I lived through much of the century you refer to and I missed those events completely. WTF?

occateyes
occateyes

Huh? what are you going on about? Do you know?

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