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Texas District Pulls Bible and LGBTQ+ Books - Do You Know What’s In The Bible?
Aug 25 – Sep 07, 2022

sam cooke

william bell

eva brock

The Keller Independent School District in Texas is pulling more than 40 books from its libraries and classrooms that had previously been challenged by parents, including the Bible and an illustrated version of Anne Frank’s diary. The District is north of Fort Worth and is about 50 percent White, 25 percent Hispanic, and 9 percent Black.

Several of the books challenged in Keller appeared on a list circulated by State Rep. Matt Krause (R) reports the Dallas Morning News. An analysis of Krause’s list by The News found that of the first 100 titles listed, 97 were written by women, people of color, or LGBT+ authors.

The news of the ban prompted Port of Harlem contributor Eva Brock to write the following: "Scandals of Biblical Proportions."

Scandals of Biblical Proportions

Those who initially insisted on banning books evidently had no idea what is in the Bible. All they know is God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and their next of kin. So, let’s take a brief look at what the Bible says about the scandalous conduct of these men and their immediate families.

Incest: Abraham married his half-sister, Sarah. He was her brother by another mother. Their son, Isaac, married his cousin, Rebekah. That means that Isaac was his children’s daddy/cousin. (Who remembers Sam Cooke’s song, "He Was a Cousin of Mine?")

Indecent Proposal: Abraham’s wife, Sarah, gave him permission to sleep with her handmaiden, Hagar. And, of course, he did. (A handmaiden is a personal maid or female servant.)
Genesis 27:42, NIV: When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, 'Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you.'
Dysfunctional Family: Hagar gives birth to Abraham’s first son, Ismael. Now Hagar, the Baby Mama, gets the big head. An angel appears to her and tells her that she needs to get back in her lane. In other words, Baby Mama does not trump the wife. After Sarah has her own son, Isaac, she insists that Abraham kick his oldest son, Ismael, and his mother, Hagar, to the curb. God said, “Do what Sarah said!”

Deceit: Isaac and Rebekah have twin sons, Esau and Jacob. Esau being the oldest was set to be the sole inheritor. He came home hungry one day, but Jacob wouldn’t give him the soup he’d cooked, unless he forks over his rights to the inheritance. Starving, Esau ends up exchanging his inheritance for a bowl of soup. Then, at their mother’s urging, Jacob tricked his blind father, Isaac, into thinking he was Esau. Therefore, in addition to the inheritance, he received his father’s blessing that was meant for Esau.

Payback: Irate, Esau set out to kill his brother Jacob for his traitorous deceit. Again, at their mother’s urging, Jacob runs for his life, because Esau was a big muscular man and they both knew he couldn’t win that fight. Jacob ends up hiding out with his mother’s people. There, he works for seven years for his uncle Laban so that he could marry his cousin Rachel. Laban tricked Jacob into marrying his older daughter, hard-on-the-eyes Leah.

Sister Wives: Jacob was determined that he was going to have the cousin he loved, so he worked for seven more years to marry Rachel, the sister of his wife, Leah. Now he’s sleeping with not just two women, but two sisters. (Who remembers William Bell’s "Trying To Love Two?")

Two women wasn’t enough for Jacob. In addition to bedding the two sisters, he slept with two of their handmaidens and fathered children with them. Jacob’s oldest son by Leah, Reuben, also slept with one of the handmaidens. In essence, he bedded his father’s woman and his sibling’s mother, in his father’s bed.

Rape And Pedophilia: Shechem, the Hivite, raped Jacob's daughter, Dinah. Some say she wasn’t even a teen yet, but possibly just seven or eight years old.

Murder: Dinah's brothers killed almost an entire nation for that one rape.

Brotherly Betrayal: Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery because he was the favorite son of their father.

Enslavement: Y'all already know this story. If not, here it is:  The Egyptians enslaved an entire nation to do the work they were too good to do. They beat, raped, dismembered, hung, and murdered many of them. If a baby was born from those rapes, it was not considered Egyptian, but Israelite. Does this sound familiar?

Child Slaughter: Egyptians under the decree from King Herod killed all of the Israelite boys, under the age of 2.

Reparations: The Egyptians had to give the Israelites their gold as payment for their forced labor and their mistreatment, just as they were freed.

’ll stop here, but please know that I haven’t even gotten out of Genesis.


Read EJ Brock's earlier POH contributions "Even Some Whites Preach That Africans are God’s Chosen People."How Did Moses Hide Amongst the Egyptians?" and "Pro-Life, Pro-Birth, Pro-Choice, Pro-Abortion, and The Bible: You Decide."

She also wrote two award-winning spiritual warfare sagas: “A Spirit Mate Love Story” and “A Sanctioned Mate Series."

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