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American Taliban: Tennessee Lawmakers Make Bible Official State Book (Religion)

 American Taliban: Tennessee Lawmakers Make Bible Official State Book

April 5, 2016 by Michael Stone (Original article published here)

Theocracy Alert: Tennessee lawmakers make the Holy Bible the state’s official book.

On Monday Tennessee lawmakers gave final approval to making the Holy Bible the state’s official book.

The state Senate voted 19-8 in favor of the bill, which now goes to the desk of Governor Bill Haslam.

The bill was passed despite arguments by the state attorney general that the measure conflicts with a provision in the Tennessee Constitution stating that “no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship.”

Last year, Attorney General Herbert Slatery issued an opinion suggesting the measure would violate separation of church and state provisions in the federal and state constitutions.

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The Bible is Fiction: A Collection of Evidence

By Daniel Miessler | July 2015
danielmiessler.com
Article comes from the website : http://churchandstate.org.uk/2015/12/the-bible-is-fiction-a-collection-of-evidence/

Similarities To Other Stories

The similarities between the stories and characters in the Bible and those from previous mythologies are both undeniable and well-documented. It is only due to extreme the extreme religious bias that pervades our world today that people rarely get exposed to this information.

In this short piece I’ll attempt to show blatant similarities with regard to two of the most important Biblical narratives: the Genesis story and the character of Jesus Christ.

The Book of Genesis’s Flood Story Mirrors The Epic Of Gilgamesh From Hundreds Of Years Earlier

Here are a number of elements that both Gilgamesh and the flood story in Genesis share:

  1. God decided to send a worldwide flood. This would drown men, women, children, babies and infants, as well as eliminate all of the land animals and birds.
  2. God knew of one righteous man, Ut-Napishtim or Noah.
  3. God ordered the hero to build a multi-story wooden ark (called a chest or box in the original Hebrew), and the hero initially complained about the assignment to build the boat.
  4. The arc would have many compartments, a single door, be sealed with pitch and would house one of every animal species.
  5. A great rain covered the land with water.
  6. The arc landed on a mountain in the Middle East.
  7. The first two birds returned to the ark. The third bird apparently found dry land because it did not return.
  8. The hero and his family left the ark, ritually killed an animal, offered it as a sacrifice.
  9. The Babylonian gods seemed genuinely sorry for the genocide that they had created. The God of Noah appears to have regretted his actions as well, because he promised never to do it again.

Keep in mind the level of detail in these similarities. It’s not a matter of just a flood, but specific details: three birds sent out, resisting the call to build the arc, and a single man being chosen by God to build the arc. Then consider that the first story (Gilgamesh) came from Babylon — hundreds of years before the Bible was even written.

Do you honestly think, based on the similarities above, that those who wrote the Genesis story had not heard the Gilgamesh story? And if they had heard it, and they were simply rehashing an old, very popular tale, what does that say about the Bible?

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