Friendly Atheist has a post up about bibles and the atheists who hang onto them.
I had a cheap paper “Good Book” edition in school, but I don’t recall it having illustrations. It’s long gone now, though. I got a little red NT one at some point, now gone, and a blue NT when I joined the Reserves. Never gave it a second thought then. That one’s gone now, too. I think I probably packed them up for a donation box at some point.
The only one I have now is the one I got in high school as a gift from a girl at a Christian retreat I attended back in 1992. I really don’t know why I wanted to spend a weekend with those people. I think it was mostly because my Christian friends were going and I always had a thing about fitting in back then. I highlighted the crap out of that one for a couple years before my innate atheism nudged it back into the dusty world behind my better books. The highlighting has faded somewhat since then and the binding is dried out and cracked but all the bookmarks still remain in the same places they got laid. Plus, there’s this:
From what I remember, “My foot is on the ROCK and my name is on the ROLL” is a direct copy off a shirt someone was wearing at that bible college retreat. Same with “The Devil is STUPID STUPID STUPID.” I was glad to find those in there because I saw a blog post (forget whose) yesterday noting the existence of Abreadcrumb and Fish T-shirts that spoof Abercrombie and Fitch brand clothing and the legal mess they’re causing.
American retailers sell about $4.6 billion worth of Christian products a year, and some are spoofs or spinoffs of commercial logos or brand names. Many such goods are illegal, trademark attorneys say, but companies often are unaware their names are being copied or don’t put up a fight for fear of being labeled anti-faith.
The article writer tracked down such a lawyer:
Seattle trademark attorney Michael Atkins said legal parodies of commercial trademarks are protected under the First Amendment, but such religious products generally don’t fall into that category.
“You could take Microsoft and change their logo around to make fun of Microsoft, and that would be legal,” he said. “But I can’t use the Microsoft logo to promote my Christian theme because there’s no real connection there. That’s illegal.”
Which reminds me, I need to do some online shopping.
But anyway, back to the “good” book. What should I do with it? Usually now if I’m hunting for a relevant quote, I Google it. I’m never so strapped for a biblical verse that I simply must grab the nearest copy and flip pages until my eyes get blurry. I hate the idea of throwing it out — not because it’s a bible, mind you, but because I just don’t like seeing books treated like trash, even if they are trash. The library winds up recycling a lot of unwanted books over the course of a year, though so it’s totally sensible to strip the cover off this unwanted book and toss the rest in with my next paper trip.
In fact, I think that’s what I shall do: