dear fox news, please stop trying to be religious scholars, because you suck at it

allow me to welcome jim west, who will set this one up for us:

I’m trying to think of a word that describes people worse than dilettantes.  Idiots?  Imbeciles? Morons?  People who should NEVER talk about or be allowed within 10 miles of the Bible or biblical interpretation?  Or, more accurately, all of the above.  Because all of the above certainly describes Fox News and their utter unfamiliarity with anything related to Scripture.

A page on Fox Nation…claims Obama “misquoted a familiar Bible verse” during his address yesterday:

President Obama misquoted a familiar Bible verse during a faith-based address at the National Prayer Breakfast.”Those who wait on the Lord will soar on wings like eagles, and they will run and not be weary, and they will walk and not faint,” the president said during a speech to several thousand people at the breakfast.

But the actual passage, from Isaiah 40:31, states: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Somewhat ironically, while Fox Nation appears to be positioning themselves as the arbiters of authentic Christianity, they seem unfamiliar with the fact that there is more than one version of the Bible.  Obama was  quoting from the New International Version while Fox Nation was pointing to the King James Version to “debunk” him.  This would be funny if it weren’t so pathetic.

Really Fox, please, please, just shut up.  Just shut up and never talk about the Bible or Christianity ever again.  Every time you do (or Beck does or O’Reilly does) you all just prove to the rest of the world how thoroughly moronic you are.  You’re not just dilettantes.  You’re far worse.  You’re Fox News.

i’ve said it before, i’ll say it again: the sooner people at fox news stop trying to be theologians – i’m looking at you bill o’reilly (here) and glenn beck (here and here and here and here) – and stop trying to establish themselves as religious authorities attempting to cultivate some sort of christian version of sharia law, the better off we’ll all be.

just admit that you only want to criticize president obama, and don’t mind using some sloppy biblical exegesis misinterpretation to do so.

don’t you think that a journalist with even a shred of integrity might hear president obama’s speech and say, ‘hmm, that sounds like a verse i know. i wonder if he’s using a different translation?’ nope. instead, this ‘fox nation‘ report (note that the name of whoever wrote that ‘article’ is nowhere to be found) just assumes that obama misquoted scripture and started ranting, betraying both his/her own ignorance of the bible (and its translations) and his/her (religious?) animosity toward president obama.

dear fox news: please stop pretending to be religious scholars, because you suck at it.

via Zwinglius Redivivus

6 Responses

  1. Hate mongering has little if anything to do with being right. It isn’t about the content of the message being broadcast but about how much venom can be injected into every syllable. Fox news isn’t about news it is the National Enquirer in television format. The Spanish Inquisition used the bible to commit all sorts of heinous crimes as did Hitler I say Fox News is in good company…if you consider inciting hate, fear and inequality noble aspirations.

  2. I leave brain surgery to brain surgeons. Should Fox not do the same with Religion…and poltics!

  3. Some time back I was reading (in utter disbelief) of yet another modern version of scripture that had things like Billy Bob and Arlene instead of Adam and Eve, or something like that. Anyway, I was going to be snarky and ask why didn’t Fox use that version since that would seem to be the most relevant version for their audience. In attempting to Google said version, I did come across this site
    http://www.biblebelievers.com/BibleVersions.html
    Apparently, if you aren’t using the Authorized King James Version, then you ain’t readin’ the Bible!
    What I want to know is, how the heck did Origen of Alexandria or Irenaeus speak 15th century English?
    Must be a miracle.

  4. Dr. Peter Ruckman, a KJV Only ‘scholar’, tells his people that the KJV can/should be used to “correct” errors in the ancient Greek manuscripts.

  5. The KJV fetish is ironic considering the speculation that James may have had male lovers.

    It’s part of Ye Homoʃexuall Agenda!

    It might be fun to do something like the ‘Bible Code’ nonsense with the KJV, to find hidden “pro-gay” messages, then publish them with Jack Chick-style illustrations.

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