In a Costco store in Simi Valley, CA, thousands of Bibles carried stickers that read, Fiction $14.99.
Fiction, of course, is something that is not true.
As reported by Fox News and other sources ( http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/11/18/costco-bible-is fiction/?intcmp=obnetwork ), someone at Costco said the placement of the “Fiction” stickers on the Bible was a “human error” that has since been “fixed.” Then they clammed up about it altogether.
I visited my local Costco to see if they were labeling the Bible as fiction there, but there they didn’t have any Bibles at all.
Has Richard Dawkins been named CEO of Costco? Was it just some sophomoric atheist in the stockroom playing a childish joke? Or could it have been someone who reasoned that, since Americans treat the Bible as fiction, it might as well be labeled fiction?
When I think “fiction,” I think of the giants of fiction and fantasy–Al Gore, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and that arch-fictioneer in the White House, whose “If you like your current health insurance plan, you can keep it” ranks as one of the all-time great works of fantasy. Betcha Costco has all of them labeled Non-fiction.
Meanwhile, I heed St. Paul’s advice: “Let God be true, but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4).
Update: As of today, Costco has “apologized” for labeling the Bible fiction.
But who is going to apologize for treating it like fiction?