Here it is in all its glory, as expressed in The Charter For Compassion:
We therefore call upon all men and women ~ to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion ~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate.
Now let's apply Armstrong's new ancient principle to these scriptures.
- If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known ... thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die. Deuteronomy 13:6-10
- As for those who disbelieve, garments of fire will be cut out for them; boiling fluid will be poured down on their heads, Whereby that which is in their bellies, and their skins too, will be melted; And for them are hooked rods of iron. Quran 22:19-21
- He had caused the cursing to come upon them... that ... wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome ... God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them ... that they shall be loathsome unto thy people. 2 Nephi 5:21-22
I can't find a way to apply the new ancient principle of scriptural interpretation to these verses.
So I hereby proclaim an even newer and more ancient principle of scriptural interpretation.
Any scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate.
But I have an even better idea: the newest and most ancient principle of scriptural interpretation.
Any scripture that includes verses that breed violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate.
That way we can throw the Bible, Quran, and Book of Mormon in the trash.
(Or burn them. Your choice.)