A version of the King James Bible, which has been revised with a more gay-friendly interpretation, has been launched in the US.

The editors, of what has been named “The Queen James Bible,” note that homosexuality was only first mentioned in the Bible in 1946 in the Revised Standard Version.

“There is no mention of or reference to homosexuality in any Bible prior to this – only interpretations have been made.

“Anti-LGBT Bible interpretations commonly cite only eight verses in the Bible that they interpret to mean homosexuality is a sin; Eight verses in a book of thousands,” the editors state.

The editors, who have chosen to remain anonymous, say they sought to “resolve interpretive ambiguity in the Bible as it pertains to homosexuality” by editing those eight verses in a way that makes homophobic interpretations impossible.

They did this by attempting to address ambiguity or possible mistakes in the translation of early Hebrew texts, and considering the context of the traditionally anti-gay passages.

An example lies in Genesis 19:5, which reads: “And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them.”

The term “know them” has been used to suggest gay sex, but the editors chose to clarify the passage in this way:

“And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may rape and humiliate them.”

The editors explain that one of the reasons they chose to adapt the King James Bible version of the Bible is because it the most popular version and because “most English Bible translations that actively condemn homosexuality have based themselves on the King James Version and have erroneously adapted its words to support their own agenda”.

They add that while The Queen James Bible resolves any homophobic interpretations of the Bible, “the Bible is still filled with inequality and even contradiction that we have not addressed.

“No Bible is perfect, including this one. We wanted to make a book filled with the word of God that nobody could use to incorrectly condemn God’s LGBT children, and we succeeded.”

Most scholars acknowledge that there have been a number of adaptations, changes and errors made in the translation and adoption of biblical texts over the centuries.

The Queen James Bible is available online through its official website.

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