Here is a suggestion from Malcolm Hutton: National Secular Society Newsletter, 9 January 2009

"One could take action when a bible is presented in hotel or hospital. First of all go prepared with a yellow highlight pen and ask if the bible is yours to keep. Then highlight some of the most damaging verses, such as –

Luke 14:26 – hate your mother and father
Matthew 10:34/36 – he came not for peace but with a sword
Psalm 137:9 – it will make you happy to dash your little ones against a stone
Leviticus 26:29 – eat the flesh of your sons and daughters
Proverbs 28:25 – if you trust the Lord you will put on weight
Matthew 23:9 – don't call a priest, father
Deuteronomy 19:18/19 – Kill anyone who tells a lie
Exodus 35:2 – Kill anyone who works on Sunday
Leviticus 20:27 – Kill all mediums by stoning
Deuteronomy 21:18/21 – Kill a rebellious son by stoning
Leviticus 24:14/16 – Kill anyone who utters a curse by stoning."

Thousands more could be added to this list.

Part 1 of "Helping believers to know their bible better" was published by Terence on 7 September 2008.

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Comment by David Orenstein on July 14, 2011 at 8:16pm
Hello Dr. Meaden (Terence), Thank you for your glad tidings. It is wonderful to be part of a community of atheists and humanists much like myself. Please, call me David.

I teach anthropology and I am active in several atheist and secular groups, local and national here in the US. I also have a blog,, should you like to read some of my less academic writings on evolution and atheist issues. Cheers, David
Comment by Charles P. O'Dale on July 10, 2011 at 7:48am
2 Kings 6:28-29
"Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son tomorrow.
So we boiled my son, and did eat him."
Comment by Loren Miller on May 3, 2011 at 5:27pm
A little research at the Skeptic's Annotated Bible finds those and a LOT more.
Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on May 3, 2011 at 5:11pm

That's a fine list of horrific quotations from the bible. It occupies about 10 pages at 12-point. 

Thanks for telling me.

Comment by Kiru on October 21, 2010 at 12:07pm
Them claiming it was really grape juice is a great example of how easily they try believing the meaning was something other than the obvious. Something they do all through that book. I recall being in church and watching my Sunday school class sweat over trying to reanalyze why Paul said women should keep their mouths shut and never preach. The teacher was a woman. She was obviously nervous at that moment.

At any rate, let's analyze this... the guy says people usually bring out the best wine first, saying that they saved the best for last. Who the hell brings out the best grape juice first? Who celebrates with grape juice? Oh wait, I have a great idea, which they never seem to have ever come up with. Ask the Jews. They still exist.
Comment by Peggy Henderson on October 21, 2010 at 10:13am
Mormons: also, no coffee or even soft drinks that contain caffeine.

Baptists, at least the ones I used to know, preach against drinking alcoholic beverage. There used to be a joke in Oklahoma [dry state at the time] that Oklahoma would vote dry as long as the Baptists and the Boot-leggers could stagger to the polls.

See what I meant about their sophistry? Astounding. Our Sunday school teachers used to try to claim that the wine was really grape juice. I remember asking well, why didn't they just say grape juice? I think I was told that the word really meant grape juice but got translated wrong. . .next obvious question. . .so why didn't someone fix the translation? There must be hundreds of translations out there now that post-date KJV and I'll bet a lot that every one of them uses the word wine NOT grape juice.
Comment by Kiru on October 20, 2010 at 10:21pm
Let's all just be thankful that most parents are more moral than the bible's god. Otherwise, we'd have a lot of children getting stoned to death, and kids learning to execute people working on Saturday... the day I most often buy my beer!!! Don't mess with the beer!

Speaking of which, Mormons... no beer? Didn't they read the part that says "eat, drink, and be merry"? Or the places where wine is talked of quite positively. Not to mention Jesus making wine for the feast, though I recall that he was a bit of a jack-ass about it.
Comment by Peggy Henderson on October 20, 2010 at 3:57pm
Kiki, I used to tell my Mom that meant she wasn't supposed to spank me and instead was supposed to 'spoil' me. [I was a smart-ass] Needless to say it didn't work. I think I picked up that sort of sophistry from my church attendance. Ever notice how 'believers' manage to twist scripture to mean anything they wish?
Comment by kiki on October 19, 2010 at 5:47pm
I remember my step dad giving me a good beating bible in hand quoting Deut.21:18/21 and my personal fave spare the rod spoil the child. He often wonders what lead me to "become " an atheist..I tell him you helped create me.
Comment by Peggy Henderson on May 23, 2010 at 11:07am
Last week I saw a car in Countrymart parking lot here in Rolla, with a bumper sticker that read, "God is Pro-Life". More evidence that believers don't read the book they claim as the source of their doctrine.

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