Monday, May 21, 2007

Banning the Bible in Hong Kong


The Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority of Hong Kong is considering the petitions of hundreds of residents to reclassify the Bible as indecent:
The complaints follow the launch of an anonymous Web site— [ed.: original here, translation here]—which said the holy book "made one tremble" given its sexual and violent content, including rape and incest.

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If the Bible is similarly classified as "indecent" by authorities, only those over 18 could buy the holy book and it would need to be sealed in a wrapper with a statutory warning notice.
Link (via Sivacracy). The Bible has been banned before by such enlightened societies as the Soviet Union, Burma, and Saudi Arabia, but, one would imagine, not typically for its sex and violence. I'm sure putting it in a plastic wrapper on the naughty shelf is one way to pique interest, but the Bible isn't really hurting for sales.

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Image credits: Salome, Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1530, Weimar.


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