Lauren Boebert mangles Bible verses during speech, promises to learn new word later

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Before we get into the fun responses to Boebert’s gaffe, here’s a fun Bible story for you! The translation that Boebert seems to use is The message, by retired Presbyterian minister and author Eugene Peterson. by Peterson The message began with small excerpts published in 1993, with a full translation published in 2002. Peterson is considered to be at the extreme end of the “dynamic equivalence” translation range. To simplify (potentially too much): translations are approached using what researchers call the “dynamic and formal equivalence spectrum”. The official end is a one-to-one literal translation of words, etc., while dynamic end is the idea that readability is the most important function. Of course, it is on the balance between these two poles that the translations are criticized.

Petersen’s version uses more “contemporary language” in order to get the Bible’s points across and has been very popularly received. It’s one of the Bible translations evangelicals love, and Peterson has proven himself to be a charismatic on-screen personality. Bono, the frontman of popular band U2, is a huge fan of The message, and even made a series of short Bible programs with Peterson that you can watch. In 2017, perhaps because he was hanging out with the more liberal Bono too much, Peterson gave a controversial interview with the Religious News Service where he said he wasn’t particularly against same-sex marriage. He also said this during this interview:

I wouldn’t have said this 20 years ago, but now I know a lot of people who are gay and lesbian and they seem to have as good a spiritual life as I do. I think this kind of debate about lesbians and gays could be over. People who disapprove of this will probably go to another church. So we’re in a transition and I think it’s a transition for the better, for the good. I don’t think that’s something you can parade around, but that’s not a good or bad thing as far as I’m concerned.

What’s somewhat ironic here is that, while evangelicals have used the lines that directly precede the ones Boebert mutilates in the video below as “proof” that God hates the LGBTQ+ community, The messageit is the translation does not overtly attack the LGBTQ community as previous versions do.

The next day, Petersen took back the statement that he would have no problem marrying same-sex couples if he was still a pastor. This gospel money is green like everyone else, isn’t it? Anyway, that’s kind of the context of the passage that Ms. Boebert mutilated in her attempt to portray liberals as “petty, venomous, forked-tongued haters of God. You have to admit, it is a fun translation!

It’s a lot to take in.

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Here is a celebrity!

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Here’s a fun one.

Something simpler, but to the point.

Here’s what passes for a deep cut these days when time has become a flat circle.

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A fact check?

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Some pleasure.

And finally.

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Representative Lauren Boebert is a terrible person. There are countless ways this is true. The fact that she lacks intelligence is only an excuse for her terrible behavior towards others.

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