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Malaysian Christians reject government demands for warning label on Bibles

Catholic World News - March 18, 2011

Christians in Malaysia are refusing to accept shipment of 35,000 Bibles, after the country’s government said that each Bible must carry a warning label to say that the book is “for the use of Christians only.”

The government of Malaysia—a predominantly Muslim country—had blocked importation of the Malay-language Bibles. Officials have now told the Christian Federation that each Bible must be stamped on the cover with a warning that non-Christians are not to read the book. Christian leaders have said this condition is unacceptable, saying that it is a desecration of the Bible.

The government also is insisting that each copy of the Bible should be inscribed with a serial number. That measure would make it easier to trace the origin of any Bibles that fell into the hands of non-Christians.

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Mar. 19, 2011 11:50 AM ET USA

    Wonderful insight,Dave!

  • Posted by: Father Fetus - Mar. 19, 2011 9:15 AM ET USA

    Wow, Dave. Congratulations. You hit it out of the park!

  • Posted by: wolfdavef3415 - Mar. 18, 2011 11:11 PM ET USA

    Bible: $20. Rosary: $20. Making the word of Christ and the path back to Eden the forbidden fruit? Priceless. Seriously, let it happen. It's our nature to eat the apple. Making the Bible the apple is ironic, but I think it will have the opposite of the effect intended. And I don't think God would mind the Bible being defiled by those stickers. He died under a sign reading that he was the king of Jews, obviously intended as a mockery, only to rise again on Easter and lead us back home.

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