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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Daijin Ltd (March 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9993187011
  • ISBN-13: 978-9993187011
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,224,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hilarious and eye-opening" --Gay Chicago Magazine

"Dry, witty and at times laugh-out-loud funny" --Out in Perth

"A funnier, less-hectoring counterpart to The God Delusion" --Star Observer

From the Author

Why entitle the book, Being Gay is Disgusting?  Falzon explains:
     "I was motivated by so many well-funded groups who hark back to Leviticus for the moral turpitude of homosexuality. Homosexuality is mentioned exactly twice in 2,700 years, yet lobby groups focus on this 'law' far more than any other biblical rule. They'll never admit that the same biblical page also contains prohibitions on cross-breeding animals and wearing clothes of two different threads.
     "These groups will spend millions on anti-gay efforts, but nobody is protesting the local zoo for breeding ligers or farmers for breeding mules, nor are these groups attempting to shut down the Gap for using poly-cotton blends," adds Falzon. "And no one is lobbying to prohibit working on the Sabbath, yet that rule is peppered throughout the Old and New Testaments, and is even one of the Ten Commandments. It's the cherry picking that annoys me.
     "Whether the Bible is all true, partly true or all false," Falzon says, "few would disagree it has shaped Western civilization. For this reason, it bears reading by everyone. Discussions, debates and conjecture about its historical accuracy or moral truth cannot begin until we're aware of what it says. My book helps people take that first step - awareness. I don't get into whether it's true - perhaps that'll be my next book."
--This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

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I was born in Sydney, city of sinners. In the mid-80s, my family moved North to Brisbane, city of /slow-driving/ sinners. Raised Catholic, I came to my senses in my teens, partly because I found religion to be utterly boring, and partly because I discovered that girls were generally more worthy of my attention.

My interest in religion was rekindled to a certain extent when I, quite accidentally, went on a date with a Born-Again Christian. The interest wasn't spiritual, but rather social. It was strange to me that an intelligent, super-hot girl was so caught up in this thing called the Bible... which we began to read at the end of our first date. /Not/ the best first-date in history.

So I started reading the Bible... and stopped shortly after, because it is, after all, a very long and boring book. It remains my considered opinion that, whether or not it is God's inspired Word, the Bible is quite possibly the worst-written piece of literature still in print today.

Inspired, though, by the potential of the stories that were buried under the tragic narrative style and twelve-hundred-year-long begat-a-thons, I set out to paraphrase the Good Book in a more readable way. Seven years later, 'Being Gay is Disgusting' was born. Yes, seven years; I'm that lazy.

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Humorous, well written, fun, entertaining read.
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One of the first things I noticed was this book sold very well both to religious and atheist readers; and there lies the beauty of this text.
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I encourage anyone to read it, especially if you want to join me in what I hear is going to be a really fun place.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Gates on January 26, 2011
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When I heard about this book, I had to read it. It is a re-telling of the first five books of the Bible in today's language. However, it does not read like the NIV or the NRSV or any other Bible translation. In the book, the author refers to Sara/Sarai as a "hottie," for example. If you have an irreverent streak and can take a dose of laughing at your own religion, this is definitely the book for you. The author includes footnotes throughout, which are mainly his observations about the text, and which are also entertaining. There are diagrams, family trees, and pictures throughout as well. It's not a book to be used for scholarly purposes (and it doesn't claim to be), but it will provide some insight along with the laughter and entertainment.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harold D. Hughes on January 18, 2011
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One of the first things I noticed was this book sold very well both to religious and atheist readers; and there lies the beauty of this text. The author sets out to point out the inconsistencies and humor in the Pentateuch, as well as poor editing in the merging of the (at least) three documents edited into these books. It says a lot about the skill of a writer when the reader finds him/herself laughing out loud while reading; boy, is this a skillful comedy. As a gay person of faith, I was really intrigued by the title, and within a few words I was hooked.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By WhiteKnightWolf on March 4, 2012
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Coming from a gay man, this is easily the funniest piece of biblical satire I've ever read. If you want the basic jist of the bible without a fat man in a suit telling you to tithe, this is the piece for you. Mr. Falzon's smart remarks are backed up by citing every scripture and invoking the omnipotent power of basic common sense. Absolutely a must for anyone hurt by the system and wanting to look at the bible from a less eternal damnation and hellfire point of view.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Warding Charlotte on March 9, 2013
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This book is soooooo readable! It is funny and how anybody can believe in any religion is beyond me. Read it!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 6, 2013
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I've tried to read the bible, honestly, but after a few verses it becomes painfully clear, that not only is it written in an incomprehensibly perverted version of English, it is incomprehensibly perverted. Bizarre and absurd. Edward Falzon, who is as witty in person as he is in his writing, does a good job at translating the archaic language into modern day words. What he has done is painstakingly decipher the obscure language of the first 5 books of the bible, condense the redundancies, and ferret out the many contradictions. He doesn't change a thing, merely takes what is there and puts it into readable form. With a good dose of sarcasm and some Australian humor. If you have to know what's in genesis and you don't want to torture yourself by trying to acutally read it, then this is your book. It won't make you feel any better about a god that would drown every man, woman, child, dog, cat, bird and fish, but you might get a good laugh out of the dismal tale. You will discover that a 400 year old woman can end up pregnant, which is something I certainly don't look forward to.

The stories in the bible remain as non-sensical as in their original form, but at least you can understand what they say. Which probably isn't a good thing for those who take the bible as literal fact. Venerated biblical characters turn out to be nasty old men who think nothing of prostituting their daughters. God is a crazy entity that requires all sorts of bizarre sacrifices and rituals, can not make up his/her mind, and is constantly angry about some such slight. These are the stories that the preachers clean up and try to make palatable, but they are oh so much more fun with all the warts and plagues.

I really enjoyed the book, which I'm sure will earn me a special place in hell. I encourage anyone to read it, especially if you want to join me in what I hear is going to be a really fun place. Bring marshmallows.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beat Odermatt on January 22, 2013
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The author rewrites the first five books of the Old Testament in the language we use in the 21st century. This makes for rather graphic portrayal of the stories found in the pages of the ancient Jewish scriptures which modern born again Christians accept as inspired by god. This god comes across as vindictive, mean, jealous and petty.

Falzon puts in simple terms the endless rules and regulations that god's people were subjected to and lays out in graphic detail the horrors of disobeying god and his thirst for blood sacrifice. This is not a book for those with a sensitivity to gratuitous violence.

Much more could be said about the book"s contents. However the best advice that I can give is for you to get a copy of the bible (any translation will work just fine - there isn't much difference in the basic content no matter which version you use) and a copy of "Being Gay is Disgusting: or God Likes the Smell of Burning Fat..." and read them side by side. The book should be a catalyst to encourage the reader to examine the first five books of the bible carefully to determine in his/her mind if credible belief can be maintained in the god portrayed in the "holy scriptures".

Truth be told the book gets tedious in parts - but I am not sure that is the author"s fault. The scriptures go into minute detail on things like how a woman should behave during menstruation to the point that have sexual relations on the Sabbath is sinful. The author throws in bits of humor here and there in an effort to lighten the mood a bit but there is no question that the god of the scriptures doesn't come across as being very much fun to be around. It is a bit tough to be enamored with a being that creates everything and declares it to be good and then is totally disgusted with anyone who is gay.
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