On a Biblical Bonfire

On Halloween, in the western North Carolina town of Canton, parishioners of the Amazing Grace Baptist Church will be having themselves a book burning.

But not just any books.

Satanic books.

Like Bibles.

If it’s not the King James Version, it’s Satanic, according to pastor Marc Grizzard: “The New Revised Version Bible, the American Standard Version Bible, and even the New King James Version are all pronounced to be works of the Devil by Pastor Grizzard and his followers.”

I’ve heard of the “King James Only Movement,” but I’ve never heard of anyone who’s gone so far as to accuse other translations of being demonic and then burn them.

“[We will be burning] books by a lot of different authors who we consider heretics, such as Billy Graham, Rick Warren… the list goes on and on,” Pastor Grizzard told reporters.

While their website is down, you can find a complete list of what they consider “Satanic” through Google Cache. (Be warned; it’s atrocious web design.)

However, the list is missing a little something.

Anything by me!

Pastor Grizzard, you can gladly burn some of my books. I’m a heretic! Run out right now and buy copies of Constellations or The Quality of Leadership. The latter is especially non-Christian. ❗

They’re having a barbeque cookout after the Bible and book burning. If you’re in the Canton area, I’m sure it’s going to be the hottest social event of Halloween. Mark your calendars.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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