Sunday evening, when I finished reading Bart D. Ehrman's Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Don't Know About Them) I hadn't thought about blogging about it, even though I found the book fascinating, something for people who want to know more about the Bible, and I'm not talking about how to live according to the Bible, but how the Bible came to be. Then, Monday morning as I'm reading my newspaper, I see an article about Fred Phelps, Sr. the fundamentalist extremist, who was in Manhattan doing his usual negative shtick. By Monday afternoon, I kept thinking about how Phelps needed to educate himself about the Bible's origins and a blog began to form. Within an hour's time, I posted "Does the Bible Inspire Hate and Intolerance? on the Huffington Post.
Even though I have talked about it to several friends, I had no intention of blogging about the Ehrman book anywhere, but I knew what I had to say would work for the Huffington Post audience. Unfortunately, it's pretty much like preaching to the choir in that medium. Bear in mind, though, I have no intention of slamming anyone's faith, unless that faith is filled with hate, judgment and intolerance. That's when I take issue.
What is interesting as a writer is that it's rare when I'm not inspired by something. I figure most writers feel the same way; however, many of those writers are hesitant to open that vein and let it flow out of fear of offending someone. Well, I've learned a long time ago that no matter who you are, you cannot be all things to all people. Not everyone is going to agree with what I have to say. And that is okay. I'm just grateful that I have a forum where I can say it.
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PS: Anyone who lives on Long Island, please consider coming out to hear Brenda Janowitz, Ellen Meister, Saralee Rosenberg and me read next Monday evening in Oceanside. Details here: