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Friday, March 9, 2012

Scary suburban theocrats aim to embarrass Atlanta

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As if it weren't mortifying enough to hear the stuff that comes out Rick Santorum's pie hole, Atlanta's got a couple of home-grown evangelicals working to bring more Christian-extremist notoriety to our city.

Some guy named Damon Davis, who claims to be an "Atlanta evangelical leader" and runs something called Legacy Worldwide Foundation, says he plans to distribute thousands of bibles to Congress, schools and military personnel.

And not just any bible, but something called the American Patriot's Bible, which was written by one Richard Lee, who describes himself as "the Founding Pastor of First Redeemer Church located in metropolitan Atlanta."

And what, pray tell, is the American Patriot's Bible? Well, as Davis describes it, it's "the enlightened revelation of the truth of America's undisputed roots based on biblical principles as set forth by our Founding Fathers."

It sounds, in other words, as if it offers a revisionist history of the founding of the country that puts in all the religious mumbo-jumbo that the actual founders intentionally left out. (Remember that Thomas Jefferson once published his own version of the bible in which he edited out the supernatural bits — aka the miracles.)

Anyway, my primary beef is not that Davis and Lee are not trying to spread their own wildly perverted version of the gospel. Heck, everyone needs a hobby. It's that both of them claim association with Atlanta. In fact, Davis' outfit is in Buford and Lee's church is up in Cumming. Please, guys, next time you feel the urge to indulge in fundamentalist crazy talk, just leave us out of it.

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