Tough Love

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Breaking news: Bible not true shocker!

Now we’re not big fans of organised religion here at Tough Love Towers. In fact, if Christians ever tell us “But Jesus died for your sins!” we have to fight the urge to reply with “And did he ask permission? No”. Hell it is then, but preferably business class.

Mind you, a Catholic education does have its uses (they tried to make us do GCSE guilt but we failed the oral). A working knowledge of the Bible works wonders when faced with ill-informed doorstep evangelists. Also, when a Jehovah’s Witness offers you a copy of The Watchtower, take it. It’s the funniest read this side of The Onion.

Anyway, it looks like The Catholic Church has finally done something worthwhile. They’re on a really aggressive PR push after a horrendous past few years – Step AWAY from the altar boy, right now, etc – and this is what they’ve come up with…

(From The Times – click here for the full story)

“The Catholic bishops of England, Wales and Scotland are warning their five million worshippers, as well as any others drawn to the study of scripture, that they should not expect “total accuracy” from the Bible.

“We should not expect to find in Scripture full scientific accuracy or complete historical precision,” they say in The Gift of Scripture.”

Well, a big wooo for Cardinal Cormac Murphy ’Send the kiddy-fiddler-to-another-parish-no-one’ll-notice’ O’Connor. As far as blows against the corrosive influence of the religious right go, it’s a weak one, but at least it’s a step in the right condition. Now see if you can do something about that Emmanual College in Gateshead (a very well respected school in the North East) – that mad place where they put creationism on the science syllabus.

And just because we can’t let an opportunity to blaspheme pass us by…

This is one of the Bible passages British bishops would have us take literally:-

Exodus iii, 14
God reveals himself to Moses as: “I am who I am.”

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