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Marketing the Bible
by Frederick B. Meekins
23 March 2003 

The Contemporary English Version of the Bible promotes a not-so-subtle subtext of revolution, radicalism, and racialism.  Then there's the Kwanzaa New Testament...

Normally, I don’t comment much on the intense debate surrounding the various versions of the Bible as these often esoteric discussions focus upon issues of linguistic translation, matters about which I am unqualified to offer any substantial opinion.  However, if the manner in which the American Bible Society markets The Contemporary English Version is any testament to the veracity of these Testaments, this edition of the Good Book might be propagating more of the Devil’s work than about promoting the will of the Lord.

In the American Bible Society’s Winter 2002/2003 Scripture Resources Catalog and at the ministry’s website are several products targeted towards the African American population.   These items include The Contemporary English Version (CEV) Jubilee New Testament, Contemporary English Version Kwanzaa New Testament, and Contemporary English Version African American Jubilee Bible For Youth.

These Bibles go beyond proclaiming the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ.  These publications in fact promote a not-so-subtle subtext of revolution, radicalism, and racialism.

On The CEV Celebrating Jubilee New Testament are pictured a number of Black historical figures.  You’d think those compiling this edition of the Scriptures would adorn the cover with visages of those wholeheartedly endorsing the sacred contents, but the majority of those pictured are outright heretics or apostates.

The most prominent portrait is that of Martin Luther King, Jr.  And even though this famed clergyman receives greater respect than Christ Himself among the nation’s liberal elites, Dr. King was hardly what could be considered a faithful shepherd of the Lord’s flock.

Broadcaster and columnist Chuck Morse notes in a balanced  commentary entitled  “Was The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A Communist,”  even if the famed civil rights leader was not himself an adherent of this diabolical ideology, Martin Luther King, Jr. possessed numerous questionable ties to Marxist individuals and groups.   For example, Morse points out that Kings’ own Southern Christian Leadership Conference had known Communists on its staff and King himself spoke on behalf of various front organizations such as the Highlander Folk School.

One cannot make the argument that King did not know what was going on in this incubator of sedition and inadvertently made a speech there.  According to David Noebel in Rhythm, Riots, and Revolution, King was not only indoctrinated at this genteel reeducation camp but also served on its board of directors.  And even after being informed at Bobby Kennedy’s behest as to the unsavory background of his associates, Dr. King continued to affiliate with like-minded rabble rousers according to Ralph de Toledano in J. Edgar Hoover: The Man In His Times.

Yet Dr. King was guilty of more than being a poor judge of character.  Pastor Chuck Baldwin writes, “As a minister of the Gospel, King was an apostate ... he rejected ... Christ’s deity, His Virgin Birth, His physical resurrection, and the authority and inspiration of the Bible”.  If King believed none of these doctrines were true, one wonders what was the point of remaining a Christian in name at all unless to lead the unsuspecting into deception and ultimately spiritual destruction.

Thus, putting Martin Luther King’s picture on a Bible makes about as much sense as pasting my own remarkable countenance across The Communist Manifesto in an attempt to boost sales.  From this highpoint, the marketing of these Bibles goes from bad to worse.

Also featured on the cover with Martin Luther King looks to be W.E.B. Dubois.  While the debate will continue as to the extent to which Marxism penetrated King’s thinking, Dubois’s enthusiasm for compulsory collectivism is beyond dispute.

In his autobiography, Dubois distinctively declared, “I believe in communism...  I know well that the triumph of communism will be ... a difficult task, involving mistakes of every sort.”  But hey, what are a few million innocent bodies among friends.

The final subversives depicted are the Olympic athletes who raised their clenched fists at the 1968 games in Mexico City.  These competitors did not extend their arms to tell the world that the U.S. is number one.  Quite the contrary.

These athletes, bestowed the honor of representing the United States at the world’s most prestigious sports event, essentially let loose their contempt for the greatest nation on earth.  Frankly, this gesture is as offensive as if they had lowered their arms a little more and extended their palms outward instead of closing them since they dared to convey the Black Panther salute.

If America was such an affront to these spoiled jocks, perhaps they should have sought membership on the teams of the gutter nations of the earth such as Cuba, the Soviet Union, or Red China.  Better yet, if Africa’s such a swell place, maybe they should have been on one of the outstanding teams from that part of the world.

The irreverence of the American Bible Society does not stop with this bibliographical outrage.  It continues in The CEV Kwanzaa New Testament and The CEV Jubilee Bible.

Some might dismiss Kwanzaa as a quaint little get-together to keep from getting bored between Christmas and New Year’s.  Such naive thinking is promptly corrected upon hearing the shortcomings of this celebration’s reprobate founder.

Besides being an avowed Marxist and Black supremacist, Kwanzaa’s founder Maulana Karenga has a rather colorful romantic history, one so noteworthy it earned him a criminal record.   According to a 2002 WorldNetDaily.com story, Karenga stripped two women naked, beat them with an electric chord, and poured detergent down their throats.  Gives a whole new meaning to the injunction of wives submitting to your husbands, doesn’t it?  If you’re going to have a Kwanzaa Bible, you’d probably be better off to publish The Hugh Hefner Guide To The Song Of Solomon complete with curvy buxom Playmates on the cover.

The last Bible is The CEV Jubilee Bible with a red, yellow, green, and black cover.  However, these colors have a greater purpose than simply catching the eye of the prospective reader since the edition is targeted toward the Black consumer.  These vibrant hues form the so-called colors of African Liberation or Black Nationalism, with black, green and red specifically forming the Pan-African flag.

Flags are more than they sum of their threads.  Each symbolizes the values and beliefs of those each represents.  The red background and hammer and sickle of the flag of the Soviet Union represented Communist tyranny.  Old Glory stands for freedom and liberty.  The ensign  under consideration here, on the other hand, represents a radical brand of racial separatism.

The Pan-African flag was adopted in 1920 by Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association.  Of the flag,  the Kwanzaa Information Center at Melanet.com says, “...it has become the symbol of devotion for African people in America to establish an independent African nation on the North American continent.”

The last time I checked, North America was pretty much spoken for.  And even if these malcontents were able to carry through their schismatic plans, what do they plan to do with those of other races owning property in the areas to which these radicals would lay claim?

Setting these disturbing plans aside, Marcus Garvey is himself  hardly worthy of historical admiration.  According to the New Religious Movements Homepage of the University of Virginia, Garvey prophesied of a “Black Redeemer” --- in other words he longed for the coming of a messianic figure other than Christ --- and is himself revered by the Rastafarians,  an inherently anti-White cult.   Garvey also believed Blacks and Whites should have separate nations and consulted with the Ku Klux Klan over these issues; it should be remembered Trent Lott lost his Senate leadership position over considerably less.

Christians hoodwinked by multiculturalism and political correctness will try to justify these versions by invoking the Scriptural admonition of becoming all things to all men.  But if that is the case, why not publish a White separatists edition in Nazism’s colors of red, black, and white to curry favor with Christian Identity sects or the World Church of the Creator?  While there is merit in reaching out to the lost by appealing to the innate ideas of virtue written upon the soul or what C.S. Lewis termed “the Tao” in The Abolition of Man,  there are some beliefs that just cannot be countenanced by the Christian faith.

Ephesians 4:5-6 says, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.  One God and Father of all, who is above all, through all, and in you all.”  The Bible is the same regardless of race.  American Blacks speak English, inaudible as it may be at times.  And if you have a problem with granny’s burgundy leather edition, the problem is not with God’s Holy Word, dear friend.  The problem is with you
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Copyright 2002 by
Frederick B. Meekins
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