Friday, May 22, 2009

The Year of the Bible

The Year of the Bible

No, this is not the title of an Onion article.

But the Yahoo News piece I just glanced at sure reads like one.

Here are the first few paragraphs:

When the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, 2009, Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) hopes you’ll be ringing in “the Year of the Bible.”

It’s probably just wishful thinking.

Broun’s simple congressional resolution aimed at honoring the Good Book has produced a push-back of biblical proportion in the blogosphere, with critics dismissing it as either unconstitutional or a waste of time. Jews in Congress and atheist activists are dismissing the resolution, while none of the many Democrats in Congress who are Christian have bothered to sign on as co-sponsors.

According to, the resolution is among the most-blogged-about pieces of legislation, with most posts less than complimentary in nature.

“Does that mean 2009 is not the year of the Bible?” mocked Rep. Barney Frank ­(D-Mass.), who is Jewish. “What is 2012 the year of? The Quran?”

and here's how the article ends:

Whether he’s successful or not — the same measure didn’t go anywhere last year — at least Broun and his fellow supporters can take heart in one fact: They already had a “year of the Bible.”

Ronald Reagan designated 1983 as one, with Congress’ blessing.

To read entire Onion-esque article click here.

(p.s. the picture of the "rat" above is me composing the Ringing Chapbook's "I want to fuck you" poem. It may look like but it is definitely not Moses about to receive the 10 commandments. And it may also look like but it is definitely not God about to hand down the 10 commandments. But, O, those were the days!)

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