Wednesday, May 16, 2007

"I'd like some dental floss, some shampoo....

....and one of those holy books with the naughty centerfold. And some soap."


Hundreds of people in Hong Kong are attempting to get the Bible classified as pornographic literature.

Apparently, a newspaper column from a university asked whether anyone ever fantasized about incest or bestiality. In response, the Obscene Articles Tribunal (which sounds like a scary group) declared the column "obscene".

In response, 800 people filed a complaint to the appropriate overwatch group that the Bible contained many disturbing descriptions of rape , violence, and incest. If the authorities classify the Bible as "indecent", then it has to be sold in a paper wrapper to people over 18 and sealed with a warning label.

The most interesting part to me is the quote from the Chinese presbyterian minister. He says that just because the Bible has objectionable content, it doesn't mean that it endorses said content.

It seems to me that the flip of this situation has been played out before, by authors defending their own works from religiously-motivated content warnings. I wonder if the Bible proponents studied the defense arguments of English teachers protecting "The Catcher in the Rye" before using them on the angry mob.

Next step: "The Bible doesn't rape people; people rape people!"

1 comment:

  1. Ahhhh, very interesting. What a life we live where such concern is placed on the content of ye-ol'-Bible. If they object to violence, self sacrifice and lust (among many other themes) the Biblious-maximus is HECK of a place to start. I guess you could call that starting at the source.

    If they have not heard of newspapers or history books, don't anyone mention them.