What would you write? or is it blasphemy?

Isobel - posted on 07/23/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )




An exhibit in Glasgow designed to promote gay rights within the church has had to be put in a glass case to prevent visitors scrawling obscene messages.

The "interactive" Bible had been placed on a stand with pens and the message: “If you feel you have been excluded from the Bible, please write your way back into it."

However, the messages did not turn out as expected, with many people writing messages such as "f*** the bible" and “This is all sexist pish, so disregard it all”.

One message said: “I am bi, female & proud. I want no god who is disappointed in this.”

As a result of the protests this received, the Bible has been placed behind a glass case, with paper and pens placed beside it for comments. These will then be inserted into the Bible later.

Yesterday more than 100 people turned up outside Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art to protest the work.

The Vatican has also described it as "disgusting".

The Pope's adviser said it was "disgusting and offensive".

"They would not think of doing it to the Koran," he added.

The Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), an LGBT ministry which organised the event had said that it wanted to "reclaim the Bible as a sacred text".

Jane Clarke, one of the artists and a minister at the Metropolitan Community Church, said she had not intended any offence.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, she said: "I am saddened that some people have chosen to write offensive messages.

“Writing our names in the margins of a Bible was to show how we have been marginalised by many Christian churches, and also our desire to be included in God’s love.

“As a young Christian I was encouraged by my church to write my own insights in the margins of the Bible I used for my devotions – this was an extension of that idea.”

The exhibition also included a woman ripping pages out of a Bible and stuffing them into her bra, knickers and mouth.

The MCC was founded in southern California in 1968, as a "positive ministry to gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender persons".


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I think this exhibit managed to offend Christians and nonchristians equally. Kind of funny.

My thoughts: You can't change the Bible. Take it or leave it.

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Interesting sermon at my church this morning. It actually directly addressed the issues brought up in this thread: hypocrisy and blasphemy. I'll just post the scripture the sermon came from and leave it at that. You can take it how you want. I was just amazed at how it applied.

This is Romans 2:17-24 (I posted the New American Standard Version)

17But if you bear the name "Jew" and rely upon the Law and boast in God,

18and know His will and approve the things that are essential, being instructed out of the Law,

19and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,

20a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth,

21you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal?

22You who say that one should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?

23You who boast in the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God?


Tara - posted on 07/25/2010




Freedom of expression. Everyone has the right to choose their religious path, be it conservative christian or radical christian or Buddhist etc. I do think however that when you make an offer such as they did, they really should have expected some negative feedback.
It's a bunch of stories written for the purposes of controlling the masses and changed throughout history to reflect whatever societal ills might be plaguing society at that time.
To add or take away any message now is simply an attempt by people to try to fit their religious beliefs into their current lifestyle. It's an attempt at moulding religion to their needs.
Whatever floats yer boat I guess.
I wouldn't write anything I don't think, seeing as I don't believe in God

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The pope thinks it's disgusting and offensive. You know what I think is disgusting and offensive? Bishops from the Vatican getting caught in an alter-boy sex scandal. Hypocrites.

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@Julie, IF you decide that you believe in God, and if it's the God of the Bible that you chose to follow, then you should know that He does care about what you say. You can find proof in Luke 12:6-7 (that is, if you believe the Bible, then it's proof, if you don't then it's just more words on a page, but you all know what i mean =) )

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Gina - posted on 07/25/2010




I agree with Tracey, the Church and the Pope should be more concerned with all the child abuse that is happening by people who claim to be 'a man of God'. They asked, people answered then they got upset because they didn't like the answers..

Jessica - posted on 07/25/2010




If people were to write in the koran or other teachings i would feel they same, they are all man made stories that need updating to be realistic to the everyday lives in this time.

Tracey - posted on 07/25/2010




I am more offended by the Church's attitude to child abuse than I am by people writing messages in a book in a country where we have freedom of speech and at a time and place they were invited to write in.

Shelley - posted on 07/25/2010




I agree that some Christians have done awful things throughout history and continue to do so. There are some of us who are not perfect but hope to be a possitive and loving people to all. We hold our bible in high esteem and i think its really sad that people could treat it in that way. How would we feel if it was the Koran or other teaching?

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They asked for peoples opinions and thoughts and they got them. Hopefully something positive can be learned from this experience?!

Julie - posted on 07/24/2010




I think I'd write: Please also read the verses and chapters that have been removed or excluded over the centuries.

I'm not sure I really care about blasphemy ... if I believed in God (not sure yet) I certainly would not expect God to care about what little old me has to say anyhow. Consequently, that is why I chose not to pray.

Rosie - posted on 07/24/2010




i think it's pretty stupid and rude to write that stuff, i certainly think that was messed up.

i don't think the idea of what they were doing was bad or blasphemous, and it seems kindof obvious that people would do that to it, so why were they stupid enough to leave it out and basically invite people to be stupid?

as for changing the bible itself, that seems pointless, it is what it is. there's no changing that, you can, however change how you worship god, and interpret the bible-i don't think god minds.

La - posted on 07/24/2010




The bible is religious fiction. If it were really written by "the hand of god" then it wouldn't have been translated and misinterpreted 1000 times over already. So who cares whether people use it as scratch paper.

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I agree with the idea I think the Bible as Jessica said is a story book with important lessons in it BUT these lessons are now outdated WHY should they not be updated to show new tolerances and new lessons. However, I do think that writing things such as f*** the Bible is not productive and is not a good way to help people learn from it and will not help educate people that the Bible is outdated and discriminate.

Johnny - posted on 07/23/2010




Oh, and I need to add that I do not believe in the concept of blasphemy in any way, shape or form.

Johnny - posted on 07/23/2010




Well, since the bible has been subjected to constant changes, edits, and rewrites, I don't think it is that big a deal. Man wrote the bible and Man can change it. There have always been people who haven't like the changes put into the bible, this is nothing new. I tend to think that when a group of people rejects and ridicules another group, they've pretty much got to expect to be pilloried in return. I am not shocked in the slightest that some gays & lesbians wish to alter the bible. As for the offensive messages, if you give a large group of people a pen, you will inevitably not like some of what is written.

Jessica - posted on 07/23/2010




I think the bible is a story book in the first place...so adding more stories would be no different then how it started.Although the nasty comments written were unnessesary and childish.

Sharon - posted on 07/23/2010




Its so absurd - I think I would be tempted to write something naughty to show my mocking. Good lord - its a sacred religious text or it isn't.

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