ThePresented in association with the Centre for Inquiry CFI Saskatoon/Saskatoon Freethinkers Reading and Signing Being Gay is Disgusting (Daijin Ltd) The first few books of the Bible shape the very fabric of today’s faith across most of the world. Christianity, Judaism and to some extent, even Islam all start with these same books. With more than 30,000 registered Christian denominations is the US alone, author is asking the all encompassing question: can these denominations all claim to be right, especially since none of them can accept even a remote possibility that they’re even partially wrong, even though individually, they’re in the minority? “For the past 12 years, I’ve delved into the hotly debated topic of religion,” says Falzon. “As an enthusiastic student, I’d drill any religious person I could find, for an understanding of their own take on their faith. I was never able to resolve the simple problem: how could they ALL be right?” Falzon attempted to read the Bible from page one and found it wasn’t easy. He found the book skipped around, there is lots of repetition throughout its pages and way too many words. He quickly realized exactly why so few people really read the Bible, and set about paraphrasing it, chapter-by chapter, adding his own footnoted commentary as he went. What he ended up with was a hilariously compelling parody of the first five books of the Bible, aptly titled, Being Gay is Disgusting (or God Likes the Smell of Burning Fat). From Genesis to Deuteronomy, Falzon captures the essence of the Bible in the most modern and inappropriate way possible. Creation, the Flood, Joseph’s cool dreams, the escape from Egypt and the long and surprisingly gruesome story of Moses is parodied in a modern retelling of the first five books of Moses. Raised in a Catholic family, recited the prayers and sang the hymns faithfully, and went through his First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation during his primary-school years. As an adult, traveling all over the world for business, he met hundreds of people of all manner of faith. Spending most of his time in North America, Europe and Australia, most people were Christians, but with different positions on the Bible, God, Jesus, Mary and the other players in the Christian mythos. Falzon found it curious that one book can cause this much disagreement over its contents, so he started investigating. While reading the bible himself, he sought out more Christians for their disparate biblical and Christian views and discovered that the vast majority hadn’t even read the Bible. It occurred to him that there can be no discussion, no debate, no analysis of any kind, until people become familiar with the foundations of their own faith. The Centre for Inquiry is an educational charity promoting reason, science, secularism, and free inquiry. CFI is the leading freethought organization in Canada and provides a voice for skeptics, atheists, agnostics and secular humanists.