A homosexual African American man, dying of AIDS, invests seven years lovingly copying the entire 1611 KJV text in perfect penmanship onto 2,400 pages, is binding it in leather and donating to his "progressive, inclusive country" Presbyterian church:
‚ÄúWe need to know what life was like for those people to make those laws and make demands.‚ÄĚ
"Patterson said he was struck by the amount of violence described in the Bible. He also found the Book of Leviticus interesting for the passage in which the eating of shellfish is prohibited by the lord. ‚ÄúSomething must have gone bad when somebody ate shrimp in Leviticus,‚ÄĚ Patterson remarked.
‚ÄúHomosexuality must have really been a problem if they had to make a law about it,‚ÄĚ he added.
"Despite his appearance of boundless friendly energy, Patterson describes his health as ‚Äúterrible.‚ÄĚ He suffers from the effects of AIDS. He had trouble getting up the stairs on two canes to speak at the event."