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Being Gay is Disgusting

4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-9993115014
ISBN-10: 9993115010
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"...hilarious and eye-opening..."   --Greg Shapiro, Gay Chicago Magazine

"Hysterically funny parody of the first five books of the Bible... Probably the best book I read all year... Done in a fantastically witty and frank manner reminiscent of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.' " --The Bilerico Project

"Falzon's irreverent, mocking tone, beside being funny and entertaining (if not for the easily offended), ultimately reflects a much-needed moral outrage and confronts Biblical apologists..." --The Front Page Online

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."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Daijin Ltd (March 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9993115010
  • ISBN-13: 978-9993115014
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,643,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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The book is on the first 5 books of the Bible, one thing is clear that they should have used an Editor before publishing and this author points out just how dumb Moses who was credited as writing them is. It is a great read one that will keep you laughing all the way through and it is a must read if your not a fundamentalists as they would find this book a piece of trash.

I loved this book and would recommend it to anybody who likes humor as every page is filled with it. It gives a new light on Mythology, yes the first 5 books of the bible are just that. Match it up against any other and see the sameness of them.
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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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