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Museum restores Jefferson's unique Bible

Museum restores Jefferson’s unique Bible

Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service….
A Smithsonian museum is restoring the “Jefferson Bible,” a unique volume the third president cut and pasted himself — omitting lots of theology — from portions of the New Testament. Thomas Jefferson assembled the book in 1820 when he retired after two terms as president. The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth resembles a scrapbook that puts Jesus’ life in chronological order. Its 86 pages include clipped passages from the Gospels in English, Latin, French and Greek.

Art, Sex, and Censorship—Washington Style

Art, Sex, and Censorship—Washington Style

Louis A. Ruprecht Jr., Georgia State University….
Given the complex and sometimes sordid blending of religion and sexuality in this culture, the debate morphed significantly in late November 2010—just after the elections, be sure to note—from sex to religion. That is to say, from a debate about the virtues of exhibiting a show devoted to gay and lesbian sexuality, into a debate about obscenity, blasphemy, as well as varying perceptions of religious offense in a religiously diverse democracy such as our own.