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QUESTION: I have been told that King James was a homosexual. Is this true?
EXPLANATION: King James I of England, who authorized
the translation of the now famous King James Bible, was
considered by many to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest,
monarchs that England has ever seen.
At a time when only the churches of England possessed the Bible in English, King James' desire was that the common people should have the Bible in their native tongue. Thus, in 1603, King James called 54 of history's most learned men together to accomplish this great task. At a time when the leaders of the world wished to keep their subjects in spiritual ignorance, King James offered his subjects the greatest gift that he could give them. Their own copy of the Word of God in English.
James, who was fluent in Latin, Greek, and French, and schooled in Italian and Spanish even wrote a tract entitled "Counterblast to Tobacco",which was written to help thwart the use of tobacco in England.
Such a man was sure to have enemies. One such man, Anthony Weldon, had to be excluded from the court. Weldon swore vengeance. It was not until 1650, twenty-five years after the death of James that Weldon saw his chance. He wrote a paper calling James a homosexual. Obviously, James, being dead, was in no condition to defend himself.
The report was largely ignored since there were still enough people alive who knew it wasn't true. In fact, it lay dormant for years, until recently when it was picked up by Christians who hoped that vilifying King James, would tarnish the Bible that bears his name so that Christians would turn away from God's book to a more "modern" translation.
It seems though, that Weldon's false account is being once again
largely ignored by the majority of Christianity with the exception of
those with an ulterior motive, such as its author had.
In 1605 a Roman Catholic by the name of Guy Fawkes, under
the direction of a Jesuit priest by the name of Henry Garnet, was
found in the basement of Parliament with thirty-six barrels of
gunpowder which he was to use to blow up King James and the
entire Parliament. After killing the king, they planned on
imprisoning his children, re-establishing England as a state loyal to
the Pope and kill all who resisted. Needless to say, the perfect
English Bible would have been one of the plot's victims. Fawkes
and Garnet and eight other conspirators were caught and hanged.